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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 26, 2019

Model Preview

The Mazda MX-5 Miata went through a huge redesign in 2016 that brought in a striking new look and a new powertrain. Other than the new RF (retractable fastback model) and a healthy dose of horsepowers in 2019, the MX-5 has remained mostly unchanged since 2016. We expect much of the same in the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Other than the launch of the RF (retractable fastback) model in 2017, the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s looks have remained the same since that fateful day its new, more aggressive body hit the show circuit. This new look was a shock to Miataphiles worldwide, but they quickly warmed up to the new looks. Today, it is part of Miata canon, so we expect no visual changes to the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Inside, the current Mazda Miata is tiny and quite cramped, as anyone would expect with such a tiny body. Despite this lack of real estate, the Miata is stylish and has most of the tech gadgets buyers look for, including the new-for-2019 rearview camera and telescoping steering wheel. We expect no significant changes inside the 2020 Mazda Miata.


2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The big news in the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata was its new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This revised powerplant produced 181 horsepower, a 26-hp increase, and spun past 7,000 rpm. This led to far more enjoyment behind the wheel that was immediately noticeable. We expect this engine and the two six-speed transmission options — a manual and an automatic — to remain in the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

The IIHS and NHTSA have not safety tested the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, nor do we expect them to. That doesn’t mean the MX-5 is void of any advanced safety tech, though, as it has optional low-speed automatic emergency braking. There is also standard blind-spot monitoring in Club models and lane-departure warning in Grand Touring models.

Pricing & Release Date

We do not have an official on-sale date for the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but we expect production to kick off in December 2019.

With no changes expected, we anticipate the 2020 MX-5 Miata’s pricing to remain close to the current model’s MSRP range of $28,000 to $38,915 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata will battle the FIAT 124 Spider, Toyota 86, and Subaru BRZ.

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Pictured: 2019 MX-5 Miata

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