The Mazda MX-5 Miata will receive minor improvements for 2020. According to an early order guide, the most noteworthy change is that the Miata Sport will gain standard driver assistance features that were previously optional. These include low-speed automatic emergency braking, land departure warning, and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.
The Miata Club and Grand Touring will also both gain Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Other updates include a slightly different color palette for the GT trim that adds Polymetal Gray Metallic and a Red Nappa Leather interior option, plus a new Gray Roof choice for the soft top. All Miatas will also get an updated key fob that will likely match the new Mazda3.
Under the hood, the Miata will continue to feature a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. The current engine was last updated for the 2019 Miata with a boost in output to 181 hp (26 hp more than before). There are no indications that the Miata will get a beefier engine like the 2.5-liter turbo offered elsewhere in the lineup.
Mechanically, one important update enthusiasts should be aware of is that GT Miatas with a manual transmission will gain a limited-slip rear differential, Bilstein shock absorbers, and sport-tuned suspension. Previously, these were features you could only get in the mid-tier Club trim.
In terms of safety, the Miata will continue to lack a full-speed automatic emergency braking system. Meanwhile, vehicles like the 2020 CX-3 will offer a full-speed system as standard equipment as part of a major shift in features. In addition, advanced features like adaptive cruise control still won't be available in any Miata.
Expect a full review closer to launch.