Two seats, a six-speed transmission and a modestly powered engine might not sound like obvious ingredients to catch some rays, but on the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, they coalesce into something special. The Miata's balanced and lightweight chassis serves as a foundation upon which drivers of all skill levels will have fun without getting into too much trouble.
The Miata is a great choice if you want a back-to-basics driving experience. It lacks luxury accommodations, but this car is about the fundamentals. It's also the most affordable convertible on our list. A manually operated fabric soft top is standard, and it's easy to raise and lower with one hand. Mazda also offers a quieter, power-folding hardtop on the MX-5 RF version.
— Starting price (including destination): $26,650
— Combined EPA-estimated mpg: 29-30