Mazda MX-5 Miata, an iconic vehicle with more than a million units produced and the Guinness World Record holder for the best-selling two-seater sports car. For more than 30 years, the front mid-engine, the rear-wheel-drive layout has evolved to fit the ever-changing customer needs. Through its many iterations, the 2020 MX-5 Miata maintains the necessary characteristics of a driver’s car: lightweight, nimble and most importantly, fun-to-drive. But, it is still too expensive with the cheapest model starting at $26,580 and the top-spec model going up to $34,750.
All MX-5s come standard with a Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engine, producing 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. This powertrain can be paired with a Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Miata engine paired with its lightweight physique and agile driving dynamics provides an outstanding power-to-weight ratio.
For 2020, MX-5 Sport adds more i-Activsense safety features that include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support and Lane Departure Warning System as standard. Aligned with the brand’s path to premium, the Miata receives updated Mazda badging, fonts and key fob design. The sharp, athletic design is matched by a black cloth soft top, 16-inch Metallic Black aluminum alloy wheels, silver dual exhaust outlets, and LED headlights and taillights. Conveniences inside include Mazda Connect infotainment system with seven-inch full-color, touchscreen display, AM/FM six-speaker audio system including driver’s side headrest speakers, HD Radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, rearview camera, removable dual cup holders, leather three-spoke steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake, Mazda Advanced keyless entry, dual USB audio inputs, push-button start, power locks, power windows with one-touch down feature, amongst more standard-essential features.
Advancing from the MX-5 Sport, customers have the option of the harder-edged MX-5 Club or the luxurious MX-5 Grand Touring depending on what suits their lifestyle and interests. Both the MX-5 Club and MX-5 Grand Touring are offered in a soft top as well as in an RF – retractable fastback – configuration. The MX-5 RF can open or close its roof in a remarkable 13 seconds; providing the look and feel of both a sporty coupe and an iconic convertible. MX-5 Club and MX-5 Grand Touring are now available in Mazda’s new Polymetal Gray exterior color.
Exclusive to MX-5 Club models with a manual transmission, Mazda offers a Brembo/BBS Recaro Package that helps add a little more thrill to the nimble roadster. This package features Brembo front brakes, BBS 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged wheels, heated Recaro Sports Seats and black aero kit that includes side sill extensions and rear bumper skirt. For the MX-5 Club RF, this package includes a hand-painted black roof.