Are you looking for a roadster that WON’T break the bank? Look no further.
The Mazda MX5 RF Miata is a SUPER fun little two-seater convertible that doesn’t break the $50,000 mark! What more could you want from your mid-life crisis car!?
Read more about the Mazda MX5 RF Miata here.
What We Loved about the Mazda MX5 RF Miata
Can we say EVERYTHING? I know I can’t, so here are the things we loved about the Mazda MX5 RF Miata the most:
- A hardtop convertible that is pretty cool to open/close on the fly (and while driving up to 10km/hour)
- A zippy engine in a little package
- A budget-friendly pricepoint for a roadster(!)
What Do You Get for the Money
The base Mazda MX5 Miata starts at $25,730 USD in the Sport trim with a black cloth soft-top, 4 cylinder 2.0L 181 horsepower engine, and a new-for-2019 telescoping steering wheel. Cloth seating, air conditioning, and 16″ metallic black wheels are all standard.
Move up to the Mazda MX5 RF at $32,945 USD, and you get seriously amazing hardtop that removes at the touch of a button in the coolest possible way.
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As driven and shown herein, we had the Mazda MX5 RF GT (starts at $34,410 USD / $42,900 CAD), so the top of the line version plus the Grand Sport package ($3,600 CAD). The Grand Sport package includes the Brembo front brakes, manual transmission, upgrade to Nappa leather seats, contrasting piano black hardtop, red front + rear calipers and black exterior power mirror.
In the US, this package is called the GT-S package for $700, only available on manual transmission and includes:
- Limited-slip differential
- Bilstein dampers
- Shock tower brace (front)
- Black roof
I could not find a package for the US Model that included the Nappa leather seats, red front & rear calipers and Brembo front brakes.
The RF GT model also boasts a 9-speaker Bose sound system, a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, 17″ black metallic wheels, and leather seats.
What You Need to Know
- It’s not a particularly fast car or big engine, but it’s zippy and FUN to drive, especially in manual
- It’s a great price point for a sporty roadster!
- There is basically zero storage, so if you need to lug bins or boxes for work, it may not work for you
- The cup holders are awkward to reach for as they are directly beside the backrest
- The MX5 gets up to 6.6L/100km or 35 MPG highway fuel mileage
It’s an all-around FUN drive for those of us looking for fun over function!
Disclosure: Mazda Canada provided the MX5 RF GT for this review. All opinions are my own.