It seems like just yesterday that the all-new MX-5 Miata debuted, but that was way back in 2016, meaning it’s nearing six model years since its redesign. This is about the time automakers consider a full redesign, and here’s what we could see from the 2022 MX-5 Miata.
At this point in the calendar year, it’s doubtful we’ll see a completely revamped 2022 MX-5 Miata, especially considering this niche sports car generally has longer product cycles. We could see a handful of special editions, some new paint options, and maybe even a light refresh to the already sharp Miata design. We also expect Mazda to continue offering the RF hardtop model to complement its standard ragtop.
Inside, there’s not a lot to change with the MX-5 Miata. There’s little room to shift things around without fully redesigning the cabin, so we expect this space to remain mostly the same in 2022. The current Miata is simple with its 7-inch touchscreen, three-spoke steering wheel, large HVAC knobs, and flat dash for maximum visibility. We expect the cabin to remain mostly the same in the 2022 MX-5 Miata.
While the Miata is fun to drive, it thirsts for power, as its 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine doesn’t sound great on paper. Mazda has made the total commitment to turbocharging across its lineup, leaving the MX-5 Miata as the only model lacking at least an optional boost. Since its debut, there have been rumors of a turbo Miata, but these have yet to become a reality. With so many turbocharged models at Mazda dealers, could 2022 be the first time the Miata has offered a turbo since the 2005 Mazdaspeed Miata? Maybe.
Mazda has also committed to a fully electrified lineup by 2030, including the Miata – if it remains a part of the lineup. Reports claim that Mazda has already confirmed the next-gen Miata will be electrified. The big question is whether it’ll be a full EV or a hybrid.
The Miata has a fair amount of safety tech for an inexpensive, lightweight sports car, including standard low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warning. Optionally, buyers can add adaptive LED headlights in the Grand Touring trim. We expect these simple safety features to remain the same in the 2022 Miata.
Stay tuned for updates.
Pricing & Release Date
There’s no official release date for the 2022 Miata, but we should learn more soon.
Pricing is also not official, but if it is a carryover, we expect it to remain close to the current Miata’s MSRP range of $29,175 to $36,045 (destination fees included).
Pictured: 2021 Miata