Mazda
MX-5 Miata
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Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - March 13, 2017

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata OVERVIEW

Mazda’s cherished and affordable roadster, the MX-5 Miata, has been captivating enthusiasts for more than a quarter of a century. Fully redesigned in 2016, a hardtop version expands the model line for 2017.

What's New for 2017

One year removed from the introduction of the fourth-generation model, the MX-5 Miata adds a hard-top variant, the RF or retractable fastback. The new model features a retractable targa-style top and a fastback roofline. The new model is available in Club and Grand Touring editions.

Choosing Your Mazda MX-5 Miata

There are a few big decisions when picking out an MX-5. Do you want the traditional canvas roof, or the newfangled retractable hardtop? Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic? While potential owners grapple with those two questions, they can rest easy knowing there's only one available engine – a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is 26/33 mpg with the six-speed manual gearbox and 26/35 mpg with the automatic transmission.

The Miata maintains its classic sports car looks, regardless of body style. The current version advances Mazda’s popular Kodo design language, featured to great acclaim in the Mazda6, Mazda3, the Mazda CX-3, and other models. From the driver's seat, the long, curving hood stretches out ahead of the driver, while the beltline is just tall enough that drivers can rest their arm on it.

The MX-5 Miata soft-top convertible is available in three trim levels. Prices include an $875 destination fee.

Sport

The Sport starts at $25,750 with the manual transmission, and $27,230 with the automatic and sits on 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels. LED headlights, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and steering-mounted audio controls are all standard. You’ll also find air conditioning, cloth-trimmed sport seats, a tilt steering column, power windows and door locks, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A six-speaker audio system with headrest speakers is included.

Club

The Club ($29,435/$30,165) adds a bigger dose of performance. This trim rides on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and features a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks. Drivers also have the benefit of a limited-slip differential. The Club also comes with a black front air dam and a rear lip spoiler. The Club is a popular choice for enthusiasts, as it's the most only path to the $3,400 Brembo/BBS Package, which replaces the stock 17s with lighter BBS-branded alloys and the front brakes with Brembo units that provide extra stopping power.

Grand Touring

The Grand Touring ($30,900/$32,105) brings in several premium features, including LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, and heated side mirrors. Piano black trim, navigation, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a lane departure warning system are included.

Club RF

The Club RF ($32,430/$33,160) edition matches the standard Club trim and adds a nine-speaker Bose audio system, Mazda Connect infotainment system, and a 4.6-inch full-color LCD display for trip computer and roof status information. This model has a power retractable fastback roof matching the body color with black accents. Once again, the Brembo/BBS Package adds some extra performance zest.

Grand Touring RF

The Grand Touring RF ($33,495/$34,700) matches the Grand Touring trim in the convertible and adds an adaptive front lighting system as well as the fastback roof.

Regardless of trim or body style, Mazda offers an advanced keyless entry package ($130) along with the usual range of dealer-installed accessories.

CarsDirect Tip

A MX-5 is all about fun, and the most fun you can have in this range is with a manual-transmission Club model with the Brembo/BBS package, regardless of body style.

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