2019 Mazda MX5 RF Miata: the Facts

Mazda Mx5 Rf Miata

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(!)
A Girls Guide To Cars | 2019 Mazda Mx5 Rf Miata: The Facts - Mazda Mx5 City

What a fun city car! ?: Connie Peters

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.


View this post on Instagram


This just never gets old. I thoroughly enjoyed the @mazdacanada MX5 RF last week, and I felt just a little bit badass every time I put the top down somewhere in a parking lot! Watch + follow @agirlsguide2cars for a review post coming soon! #mazdamx5rf #mazdamiata #mazdamiatamx5 #mazdamx5 #shedrives #carreviews #girlscar #midlifecrisiscar #drivelikeagirl #girlsandcars #autojournalist #mondaymotivation #agirlsguidetocars #shedrives #weekendfun #modernmamadrives #cars #auto #familycars #familycarreviews #carreviews #shebuyscars #ggtc #womeninauto #agirlsguidetocars #womeninautomotive

A post shared by Connie Peters (@xoconniepeters) on


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.

A Girls Guide To Cars | 2019 Mazda Mx5 Rf Miata: The Facts - Mazda Mx5 Front 1

The sleek sporty front of the Mazda MX5 RF. ?: Connie Peters

In the US, this package is called the GT-S package for $700, only available on manual transmission and includes:

  • Limited-slip differential
  • Bilstein┬ádampers
  • 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.

A Girls Guide To Cars | 2019 Mazda Mx5 Rf Miata: The Facts - Mazda Mx5 2

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.

Connie Peters is a mother of 3 girls in suburban Vancouver, Canada and has been an online entrepreneur since... More about Connie Peters