The 2007 Mazda MX-5 PRHT drives well and looks great. It doesn't come with much cabin gadgetry, and what is there disappoints, but its customer base is more likely to value RPMs over MP3s.

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The 2007 MX-5 Miata PRHT (the suffix stands for "power-retractable hardtop") is a stylish roadster that looks good both with the roof down...

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...and, more significantly,...

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...with the roof up.

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Even with its complex three-piece hardtop stowed away, the Miata PRHT still has an accessible trunk with more than 5 cubic feet of cargo room.

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Using the buttons at the top of the central column, the hardtop can be raised or lowered in less than 12 seconds.

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While the optional Sirius Satellite radio looks like a mitigating factor, in practice, it is maddeningly frustrating to use. The Miata's single-line monochrome LCD head unit display does not appear to show any text information for Sirius stations, leaving drivers to select music by ear.

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The Miata comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox with short-throw shifter. While we enjoyed the snappy gear changes that this box allowed, we noticed a degree of notchiness in the shifter, which appeared reluctant to slot into the gates at times, especially in low gears.

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The Miata PRHT borrows its pronounced fenders and angry, slanted headlights from the larger Mazda RX-8.

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