2017 Mazda MX 5 Miata

With the imminent arrival of the new Toyota Supra and BMW Z4, I’m really glad that I got to spend some time in the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata recently.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Soft Top and RF

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Miata has been around since 1989, and has evolved over four generations of production. The latest generation debuted as a 2014 model. Since 2017, two variants have been produced: the MX-5 Miata Soft Top and MX-5 Miata RF (retractable hard top). A 30th anniversary edition model will be released this year, with production limited to 3,000 examples globally, of which 500 will be designated for sale in the United States.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Soft Top.

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MX-5 Miata Soft Top starts at $25,730, and is available in Sport, Club, and Grand Touring trim. RF starts at $32,345, and is available in Club and Grand Touring trims only. You can add $600 for an automatic transmission on any trim level – but don’t do that. The automatic is a good one – a traditional six-speed automatic that shifts crisply and finds the right gears at the right time. But you’ll be robbing yourself of the direct connection that Mazda’s six-speed manual transmission delivers. The perfectly weighted clutch pedal and slick-shifting gearbox make you feel like part of the machine. You can choose how aggressively the shifts must come, tapping the throttle to match revs before shifting, even dancing heel-toe maneuvers on downshifts if you choose, or you can keep the revs low and short-shift without lugging the willing engine. You don’t need to be an expert driver to shift a Miata effectively – but the more you drive, the richer and more rewarding your connection to the car will become.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Photo (c) Mazda

MX-5 got a new engine in 2018, a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G inline four-cylinder gasoline unit that is naturally aspirated (non-turbo), and tuned to produce 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. If those number sound small compared to the figures you’ll read on the Hellcat, Mustang, or Camaro spec sheets, you’re right. But matched to the 2,400-lb Miata, the power is just right. The car’s virtue is light weight and perfect balance, not overwhelming power. The feeling of speed is available, amplified by the Miata’s compact size and low seating position. MX-5 doesn’t call you to the drag ship – it simply delivers great feel around every corner, no matter how low the speed.

Miata cockpit.

Photo (c) Mazda

Miata is a sports car, no doubt about it. But that doesn’t mean that it lacks creature comforts or technology features that make it a pleasure to ride in. The seats are well-appointed and supportive, even for long rides. Soft-touch materials and high-quality plastics make up the environment, with leather available on Grand Touring models. The cabin is small by most standards – perhaps my one issue with Miata, and it’s really an issue with myself, not with the car. I’m six-feet two-inches tall, and I could drop a few pounds, honestly. I wear size 14 shoes, and I trend toward work boots. Miata is a snug fit for me, especially leg room side-to-side. Even so, I’d still consider buying one – I like driving the Miata that much. Be sure to check your fit before you commit.

2019 Mazda Miata Soft Top.

Photo (c) Mazda

Like any automotive purchase, you have to decide how you’re going to use your Miata in order to make a smart buying decision. If you’re sure that you’ll never drive on a track, and your Miata will be a commuter/runabout, I’d nudge you toward the Grand Touring trim level. If you think you’d like to try out some friendly auto cross competition, or even a track day, the Club trim is for you. If you’re looking to get into a Miata at a bargain price, the Sport Soft Top is the ticket. If you live in a cold or rainy climate, the RF is a fantastic option. Its power-retracting hard top is all-weather friendly, and is a little quieter on highway drives than the soft top. I think it looks better, too, both when in place and when retracted.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Photo (c) Mazda

There’s no direct competitor for MX-5 in its price range right now. The closest match is the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, but neither is available as a convertible roadster. Supra, when it arrives, will be more premium and expensive, and the BMW Z4 starts at $49,700.

Over a million Mazda MX-5 Miata roadsters have been sold since 1989. I hope they sell a million more.

2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine.

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With the imminent arrival of the new Toyota Supra and BMW Z4, I’m really glad that I got to spend some time in the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata recently.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Soft Top and RF

Photo (c) Mazda

Miata has been around since 1989, and has evolved over four generations of production. The latest generation debuted as a 2014 model. Since 2017, two variants have been produced: the MX-5 Miata Soft Top and MX-5 Miata RF (retractable hard top). A 30th anniversary edition model will be released this year, with production limited to 3,000 examples globally, of which 500 will be designated for sale in the United States.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Soft Top.

Photo (c) Mazda

MX-5 Miata Soft Top starts at $25,730, and is available in Sport, Club, and Grand Touring trim. RF starts at $32,345, and is available in Club and Grand Touring trims only. You can add $600 for an automatic transmission on any trim level – but don’t do that. The automatic is a good one – a traditional six-speed automatic that shifts crisply and finds the right gears at the right time. But you’ll be robbing yourself of the direct connection that Mazda’s six-speed manual transmission delivers. The perfectly weighted clutch pedal and slick-shifting gearbox make you feel like part of the machine. You can choose how aggressively the shifts must come, tapping the throttle to match revs before shifting, even dancing heel-toe maneuvers on downshifts if you choose, or you can keep the revs low and short-shift without lugging the willing engine. You don’t need to be an expert driver to shift a Miata effectively – but the more you drive, the richer and more rewarding your connection to the car will become.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Photo (c) Mazda

MX-5 got a new engine in 2018, a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G inline four-cylinder gasoline unit that is naturally aspirated (non-turbo), and tuned to produce 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. If those number sound small compared to the figures you’ll read on the Hellcat, Mustang, or Camaro spec sheets, you’re right. But matched to the 2,400-lb Miata, the power is just right. The car’s virtue is light weight and perfect balance, not overwhelming power. The feeling of speed is available, amplified by the Miata’s compact size and low seating position. MX-5 doesn’t call you to the drag ship – it simply delivers great feel around every corner, no matter how low the speed.

Miata cockpit.

Photo (c) Mazda

Miata is a sports car, no doubt about it. But that doesn’t mean that it lacks creature comforts or technology features that make it a pleasure to ride in. The seats are well-appointed and supportive, even for long rides. Soft-touch materials and high-quality plastics make up the environment, with leather available on Grand Touring models. The cabin is small by most standards – perhaps my one issue with Miata, and it’s really an issue with myself, not with the car. I’m six-feet two-inches tall, and I could drop a few pounds, honestly. I wear size 14 shoes, and I trend toward work boots. Miata is a snug fit for me, especially leg room side-to-side. Even so, I’d still consider buying one – I like driving the Miata that much. Be sure to check your fit before you commit.

2019 Mazda Miata Soft Top.

Photo (c) Mazda

Like any automotive purchase, you have to decide how you’re going to use your Miata in order to make a smart buying decision. If you’re sure that you’ll never drive on a track, and your Miata will be a commuter/runabout, I’d nudge you toward the Grand Touring trim level. If you think you’d like to try out some friendly auto cross competition, or even a track day, the Club trim is for you. If you’re looking to get into a Miata at a bargain price, the Sport Soft Top is the ticket. If you live in a cold or rainy climate, the RF is a fantastic option. Its power-retracting hard top is all-weather friendly, and is a little quieter on highway drives than the soft top. I think it looks better, too, both when in place and when retracted.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Photo (c) Mazda

There’s no direct competitor for MX-5 in its price range right now. The closest match is the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, but neither is available as a convertible roadster. Supra, when it arrives, will be more premium and expensive, and the BMW Z4 starts at $49,700.

Over a million Mazda MX-5 Miata roadsters have been sold since 1989. I hope they sell a million more.

2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine.

Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonfogelson/2019/02/28/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-test-drive-and-review-one-in-a-million/

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