Mazda MX-5 Miata Power Retractable Hardtop. If we moved out of the city (ha!) and had extra cash (ha! ha!) we'd totally buy the MX-5 for Alison when she moves in with us. Don't ha! us -- it will happen!
The MX-5 is everything right. We can appreciate the effort GM has put into the Solstice and Sky, but, hell, GM couldn't even get the drop top right. Hello? Mazda's been doing that right for 17 years! So now GM has finally caught on to the idea of making a cool roadster (and that they did -- drop top goofiness not withstanding -- the Solstice and Sky are good) and Mazda has blown past them again.
Mazda (in 1989): Check it! A little roadster. And you can lower the roof without getting out of the car!
GM (in 2002): Man, we should make a roadster.
GM (working): Whew! Man, this looks good. Yeah, you have to get out of the car to drop the top, but after a few minutes, you'll be happy.
GM (today): There. All done. Just get out to drop the top.
Mazda: Nice. We have a new hardtop of the roadster. And it only added 77 pounds of stuff!
GM (yelling!): Dammit! OK, let's get on this! We need it done by... 2022! Hurry!
OK, so Ford owns a chunk of Mazda. So what? Where's Ford's roadster? The Thunderbird? Please. It was like someone squatted that turd out at the start of a long weekend.