2020 MX-5 Miata New Car Test Drive
The Mazda MX-5 Miata needs no introduction. From the moment it emerged in 1990, it has been a success. Every redesign has made the two-seat sports car better. Last redesigned in 2016, the Miata added an RF (Retractable Fastback) edition last year.
For 2019 the MX-5 hits a high note with new engine that makes a statement, as it screams to 7,200 rpm. It's a normally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4 making 181 horsepower, compared to 155 hp for the engine it replaces. Fuel economy remains the same at 29 mpg combined. A paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic is available, but the 6-speed manual is sublime. Drivers will find that the ride is comfortable without being soft.
The MX-5 hasn't been crash-tested, and likely won't be because it's a niche car. .
The MX-5 is available in Sport (more than $26,500), Club (about $30,500) and Grand Touring (well past $30,000). The RF hardtop is available with the Club and Grand Touring packages, for $2,700.
The Sport convertible comes with cloth interior, a 7.0-inch infotainment display, 16-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and two USB ports. For 2019 it gets a standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
An active safety package with low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warnings is available for $850.
The Club adds significant performance, with a limited-slip differential, stiffer springs, stiffer front shock tower brace (with the manual gearbox), 17-inch wheels with wider tires, upgraded audio, and upgraded cloth seats. Options are quite expensive: upgraded brakes, wheels and seats costs either $4,400 or $3,700, depending on your choice between heated Recaro seats or leather.
Grand Touring models take out the limited-slip differential and stiffer springs, while adding heated leather seats, navigation, and the adaptive headlights..