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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

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2021 Sport 2dr Convertible
most popular
Price:   -  From $26,830
2021 Club 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $30,290
2021 Grand Touring 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $31,770
2021 RF Club 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $33,045
2021 RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $34,525

Overview

What's New

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata can now be equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay, but is otherwise unchanged.

The current Miata has been on the market since 2016.

Choosing Your Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2021 Miata once again comes in three trim levels: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. Pricing starts at $27,825 including destination and goes to $33,290 for the Grand Touring before options.

As before, the Miata is available as either a soft-top convertible or a retractable hardtop in the form of the Miata RF. The RF stands for Retractable Fastback.

Engine Choices

Every Miata carries a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all trims. The available six-speed automatic costs $1,350 on the Sport, and then drops to $600 on the Club and $525 on the Grand Touring.

With the manual, the Miata is EPA-rated at 26 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 29 combined. The automatic gives a slight boost to 26/35/30 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Miata is a two-seat roadster with a tiny trunk, measuring just 4.59 cubic feet. Two adults and a few overnight bags are good to go, but nothing more.

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Safety Features

The Maita comes nicely equipped in this department for a classic sports car. Standard driver assistance technology includes lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking.

The Grand Touring also gets automatic high beams and traffic sign recognition.

Connectivity

The Sport's infotainment system includes a 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, HD radio, and a USB port. The Club gets a second USB port, nine-speaker Bose sound, satellite radio, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wired Android Auto. The Grand Touring adds navigation.

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MX-5 Miata Sport — From $27,825

The Sport comes with a cloth interior, push-button start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The exterior features 16-inch aluminum wheels, a manual soft top, and LED headlights and taillights. The Sport Appearance Package ($1,500) adds a front air dam, side sill extensions, a rear bumper skirt, and a rear spoiler.

MX-5 Miata Club — From $31,285

The Club offers enhanced performance with a lowered, sport-tuned suspension and a limited-slip rear differential. The body wears a front air dam, a rear spoiler, and 17-inch wheels. The inside gets heated seats with silver stitching. The RF style brings a removable hardtop for $2,755 extra.

The Brembo/BBS Recaro Package ($4,470) adds Brembo front brakes, red brakes calipers all around, BBS forged aluminum wheels, Recaro sport seats, and black side sills extensions and rear bumper skirting. This bundle is exclusive to the Club.

MX-5 Miata Grand Touring — From $33,290

The Grand Touring combines the Club's handling upgrades with a taste of luxury. Buyers get leather seats, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive front lighting, and automatic wipers. Nappa leather seats in white are available for $300, and the Sport Appearance Package returns as an option. The RF version starts at $35,520.

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CarsDirect Tip

The Sport keeps things simple, which is essential to the Miata's enduring appeal. The majority offer buyers prefer it to the more heavily equipped Club and Grand Touring, and we can't quibble with their wisdom.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • The affordable roadster
  • A hoot to drive
  • Smooth-shifting manual
  • Gorgeous RF looks
Cons
  • Far from practical
  • No space for tall people
  • Confusing Infotainment
  • Pricier than before
Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Evocative exterior. The MX-5 Miata delivers a stunning and masterful design. Its small size doesn’t allow a square inch to go to waste, with every singular body panel interconnecting to form a beautiful, sublime expression of a roadster.

Even in hardtop RF form, the look loses no appeal, with the same dipping hood connecting with a gaping maw topped with accent lighting. Crease lines, bustles, and curves run from the front to the back with standard aluminum-alloy wheels offering a fitting contrast to the body and black roof. The rear is marked by circular taillights that complement the headlights’ design.

Cramped interior. Small on the outside, the MX-5 Miata features a compressed interior. There are two seats available, but choose wisely if you’re on the tall size and think that you can easily squeeze in. Indeed, few people above 6-feet-tall will find the cockpit satisfying as the amount of space available to maneuver is extremely limited.

For a person of short stature, the Miata is comfortable, although all controls are perhaps a bit too close for comfort. Although measuring just 4.6 cubic feet, the trunk can hold two grocery bags and a small getaway bag.


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Excellent performance relative to size. This Mazda’s engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. That’s not a lot of power for the average car, but the Miata’s diminutive footprint, lightweight, rear-wheel-drive architecture, and near-perfect 50-50 weight distribution balance are factors that make this Mazda fun to drive.

As such, the Miata has a 0-60 mph time of 6 seconds, engaging steering for optimum rear-end control, and the nimblest of handling anywhere. The effortless-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox is a real joy, perfectly matched with the engine, and entirely capable of maintaining a silly grin on your face.

Mixed score on creature comforts. If you like black, then the seats and soft-touch upholstery will appeal to you. No other choices are available. The chrome-like trim is plastic but blends well with the other materials. The 7-inch touchscreen display is ideally matched with the Mazda, but its functionality leaves something to be desired as the menu icons are partially obscured.

While parked, the screen is challenging enough to operate but nearly impossible to manage when driving. The small control dial in the console is equally disappointing. Props to Mazda for including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility as this duo covers a multitude of infotainment sins. While the interior isn’t especially cosseting, the placement of the audio system with the speakers in the headrests successfully envelopes the passengers in a melodious blend of rapturous delight.

Final thoughts. The MX-5 Miata RF’s roof is hard, but it folds down in just 13 seconds. It gives the Miata a more sophisticated look and does a better job of insulating and quieting the cabin than the cloth top.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 181 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man
Available: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 34 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 181 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 34 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
11.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$45
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
4.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
154.1 "
Exterior Width
68.3 "
Exterior Height
48.6 "
Front Headroom
37.4 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
52.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,341 Lbs. / 2,403 Lbs.
Wheel Base
91 "
Turning Radius
15.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
2
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Smart City Brake Support (scbs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitoring (bsm) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning System (ldws) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

Used 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata for Sale

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Grand Touring 2dr Convertible
Color: White
Price

$26,499

Mileage

33,941 mi

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Phone: (949) 218-2445
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$26,947

Mileage

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Mileage

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Mileage

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