If you're considering a Miata, then I think you owe it to yourself to also consider the BRZ/FR-S. Reportedly those are also very fun cars to drive, and they are a newer design to boot. There have even been hints that they are going to make convertible versions of them, if that is interesting to you.I have a serious issue whether to get the Focus ST or the Miata MX-5... what do you guys think I should do?
I fit fine at 6'1"/6'2", and I would be *stunned* if the ST handles as well as the Miata. But we'll know soon enough. The ST would have to be light years ahead of the GTI and the MS3 in order to outcorner a Miata. They aren't close.Have you sat in a Miata? I haven't, because I couldn't fit through the door (I'm 6'7" but still). The ST will have more power, will probably be just as good in the handling department and there's the practicality factor as well...
Nice looking car. I think what you will find is that the ST may well lap the track faster than an MX-5. But I suspect a segmented view will show that much of that will come in the straights. I also can't imagine that the ST is quite as fun to drive. Although I hope to be proven horribly wrong on that front.I own a current NC2 MX-5 with the retractable hardtop (2010) and am considering the ST. I feel ATX Eric was on the money above - in the right environment, tight road or track the MX-5 represents a great sports car driving value. In my mind, which is an opinion, all you guys (and gals) are overrating the value of practicality. How often is there more that one other person in the car with you daily? For me it is rare and I have 4 munchkins - so when it comes to ST vs a 2 seater - the performance has to be there on the ST - waiting for some independent performance numbers.
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I count my blessings that I don't have to deal with any kind of Northern winter.For me it really comes down to weather. If I didn't live in the Northeast with the snow I'd just have a Mustang and drive it all year round. But they suck in the snow so I won't drive one year round here. I also wouldn't want the salt to eat through the car but that's besides the point. I know I COULD drive one in the winter and some people have told me they aren't THAT bad but I just don't feel comfortable with RWD in crap northeast snowy/icey road conditions.