By many, this is considered a “girl’s car”, but it is actually one of the best driver’s cars for the money. First of all, why do “non-car people” consider it a girls car? Because of its looks and it’s specs. First of all, it’s looks are a little feminine, so I can see why some may consider a women’s car. The specs are unimpressive on paper. It has a 2.0 liter four-cylinder, producing just 167 horsepower. The 7.1 second 0-60 time is equally unimpressive. Fortunately for the Miata, none of those things are what it is made for. It is made for driving enjoyment. The RWD and 5-speed manual combine with a lively chassis to produce one of the most enjoyable cars on the road under 30k. The transmission has been called one of the best in the business. It’s main competitors are the FR-S and BRZ. I would take a BRZ over the Miata because of it’s power advantage and styling, as well as its driving experience that is about as good as the Miata. But, neither of the Toyota/Subaru twins come in a convertible form (yet), which gives the Miata a big advantage. Also, the Miata offers a hard-top convertible, which could be a deal-breaker for those who would take the FR-S/BRZ because of practicality. So, despite what people who don’t know much about cars may think, the Miata is a very good enthusiast’s car for the money.