It’s been 27 years since Mazda first introduced the MX-5 Miata in 1990. The two-seater was unlike anything that had come before it - cute-as-a-button looks with sports car performance. That's why it's coveted by both Snapchatting teenage girls and wrench slinging car enthusiasts alike. Given its unique formula, it’s no surprise the Mazda MX-5 Miata is still carrying on into the 21st century.
Changes for 2017
What could be better than a soft top Mazda Miata? An electronically operated, removeable hard top, of course! Mazda read the minds of enthusiasts everywhere and has released the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF (retractable fastback) for the 2017 Model year.
Trim Levels and Body Styles
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a two-seater convertible. There are two flavors of the Mazda MX-5 Miata available: Club and Grand Touring. The club variant is more directed at the driver who plans on tossing their car around at the track, whereas the grand touring is, well, more grand. The Club trim gets you all the race track goodies including a retuned suspension, Bilstein dampers, limited-slip differential and a shock tower brace. Optional equipment for the club includes Brembo front brakes and BBS wheels.
Opt for the posh Grand Touring and you get modern day essentials such as heated leather seats (can’t survive without those), navigation, automatic climate control, adaptive headlights and lane departure warning. Either way, the Mazda MX-5 Miata remains one of the last affordable sports cars on the road.
One of the most important aspects of the Mazda MX-5 Miata is that, unlike almost all its competitors, it’s rear-wheel drive. This feature has given the sporty coupe exceptional handling characteristics since its introduction. The latest iteration of the Mazda MX-5 Miata get a 155 horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder engine under the hood. Power is sent to the rear wheels via either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
Performance and fuel economy
Given its light weight, it’s no surprise the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one fuel efficient convertible. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 miles per gallon combined highway/city driving for the RF model.* The good thing is, with the Mazda Miata, you don’t have to sacrifice performance to save a few pennies at the pump. True to its heritage, the last version of the sports car offers healthy acceleration, exceptional handling and excellent braking.
Whether you’re hitting the race track or making the morning office doughnut run, you need to be safe. Mazda know this, which is why the Mazda MX-5 Miata gets the latest safety equipment including dual front airbags, side impact airbags, side impact door beams, three-point safety belts with pretensioners and force limiters, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
A lot of things have changed since the 90s – few people are collecting Beanie Babies or using a pager. However, the Mazda Miata’s winning formula has been working for nearly three decades. The latest version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata offers modern technological improvements while staying true to its roots. That makes for one sweet ride.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.