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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Every automotive enthusiast should get behind the wheel of the latest generation MX-5 Miata roadster; the back-to-basics sportscar drives with a character you don’t forget. There’s a new reason to love it: the RF body style. Or “rigid hardtop.” The hardtop gives the MX-5 a dramatic, coupe-like fastback appearance, and when the weather’s right, can disappear in thirteen seconds for open-top driving. Sure, it’s an added bit of complexity, but in our book, the RF is better looking and drives quieter — and still offers the Miata handling magic. It’s just a fantastic car, full stop. 

[$31,555; mazdausa.com]

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