2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Best in a class of one.
At this point, the Miata deserves some veneration for enduring as the only inexpensive roadster still on the market. But we don't hand out awards for longevity. The Miata remains on this list for the eighth straight year because it shows how engineering rightness transcends performance figures. The 167-hp four is merely adequate and the handling limits are unimpressive by sports-car standards. What keeps the Miata triumphant is not raw performance but a balanced chassis that communicates every nuance to the driver through perfectly calibrated controls. And at a $24,515 starting price, the Miata keeps all that fun affordable.