Why Mazda’s Miata is the Best Green Car: The Skinny with Craig Cole


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Welcome to a new editorial segment called The Skinny, hosted by your favorite Craig Cole. We hope this will be a weekly feature where Craig sounds off (gives you the skinny, if you will) on the latest news from the auto industry or whatever else he has on his mind.

I’m not usually a fan of eco-friendly vehicles. 

Their skinny tires, listless performance and wind-tunnel styling are just too many privations for me to endure. But there is one fuel-sipper that I adore more than chocolate-flavored morphine.

What is this mystery machine? Could it be the affordable Toyota Prius c hybrid? What about Tesla’s luxurious and speedy Model S?

Surprisingly, my favorite miserly motorcar is the Mazda MX-5 Miata! Wait, what? That’s not an EV, a hybrid or even a thrifty subcompact; it’s a sports car. Check out the video above to hear me explain my reasoning for this seemingly strange opinion.

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  • smartacus

    That is not a bad idea at all. A Miata eco-package with 175’s
    i hope the next one has an even shorter wheelbase 🙂

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Good vid with some really good points. I agree, all car manufactures should be doing the same. /thumbs up.

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  • Mark S

    The 1.5l Miata would have a market here I think, yep not as popular as the 2.0l, but would be the cheapest way into RWD. The MPG is icing on the cake, but not the main reason to buy a Miata.

  • Reckoning Day

    So a Lamborgni is out of the picture for you then ?

  • smartacus

    Lambo with 175’s would get massive gas mileage though 🙂

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  • Reckoning Day

    Who cares ?