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The ND Miata came 25 years after the first gen MX-5, so let's see what two and half decades of progress gets you.
And in a nutshell, more size, more power and more grip. It's well balanced, though still slightly oversteery on the limit. Front end doesn't feel as agile as the OG miata, but that contributes to it feeling more balanced. It's competent in every area, except in recreating the personality of the original MX-5. I'll spare you the bit Top Gear used to do about a new car being "better so it's worse", but that does apply here. As Vic pointed out, this car needed either less grip or more power to feel more like Miata, and be more engaging to drive IMO.
That said, it's still a great car. I could see this being a perfect daily driver IRL, provided you live somewhere with a lot of sunshine. Especially when looking at the current market, there are actually very few small, sporty, affordable roadsters. It's become a bit of a dying breed.
Neutral in Horizon, but a sleeper in real life.