It Still Sports a Proper Transmission
It's getting harder and harder to find a manual transmission, which is still the ultimate in automotive fun and driver engagement. Ferrari doesn't even offer a manual on any of its cars anymore, and it looks like the BMW manual is endangered.
Luckily, the Miata has always come standard with a manual. Sure, you can pay more to 'upgrade' to an automatic, but that's like paying to replace Kate Upton's breasts with Rush Limbaugh's.