The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most important car in the Japanese maker’s lineup, and it’s also one of the riskiest. The new car is smaller, lighter and less powerful than the car it replaces, and while that is good for performance, it can be bad for comfort, refinement, and in today’s fickle world, it could also hurt sales. 26 years after the original debuted, and 10 years since the last generation model was born, does this all-new Miata still have what it takes to be the benchmark driver’s car?

Watch our video review to find out.

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