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2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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3.2 (Good)

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2022 Sport 2dr Convertible
most popular
Price:   -  From $27,650
2022 Club 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $31,150
2022 Grand Touring 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $32,650
2022 RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $35,350
2022 RF Club 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $38,550

Overview

What's New

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers a new gray exterior paint color, a new leather hue called terracotta, and an additional dynamic chassis control system for improved handling. As before, the Miata is available with a soft-top roof or a power hardtop called the Miata RF.

Choosing Your Mazda MX-5 Miata

There are three trim levels offered, Sport (soft-top only), Club, and Grand Touring. Pricing ranges from $28,315 to $33,315.

Engine Choices

The 2022 Miata is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm that is mated to a six-speed manual while a six-speed automatic is available on the Grand Touring for $550. That’s notably less power than the Toyota GR86 but the Miata is also about 400 pounds lighter and its rear-wheel-drive arrangement allows for balanced handling.

That focus on low weight also helps the Miata earn an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon combined (30 mpg with the automatic) which saves about $700 per year versus the thirstier Toyota.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The 2022 Miata is strictly a two-seater and its signature small size means the Mazda team had to be creative to ensure most body sizes could fit. At 154.1 inches, the Miata is 13 inches shorter, 1.5 inches narrower, and sits 2.5 inches lower than the Toyota.

That doesn’t mean that it's too compact inside with 52.2 inches of shoulder room and 37.4 inches of headroom which are 1.4 inches less but 0.4-inches more, respectively than the GR 86. As one might expect, the Miata's tiny dimensions leave just 4.59 cubic feet of cargo space.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Safety Features

All 2022 Miatas feature automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning while the Grand Touring models add automatic high-beam headlights, traffic sign recognition, and rain-sensing wipers.

Connectivity

The Sport trim is equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, Bluetooth, aux and USB inputs, and six speakers including speakers mounted in the driver’s seat headrests. The Club trim adds speakers to the passenger’s headrest along with a Bose sound system, SiriusXM, and, new for 2022, wireless Apple CarPlay. Navigation is optional for $400 and is standard on the Grand Touring trim.

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2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport - MSRP From $28,315

The starting Miata trim features black 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a black convertible top with a glass window, dual exhaust outlets, proximity entry, black-painted mirrors, power locks and windows, cloth seats, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake lever, and a mesh wind blocker.

The Appearance Package is available for $,1550 and includes a front air dam, side sill extensions, rear bumper skirt, and a rear lip spoiler.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club - MSRP From $31,815

The Club trim adds performance goodies such as a sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip rear differential, a shock tower brace, and a gloss black front air dam and rear spoiler. Inside, it’s distinguished by heated cloth seats with silver accent stitching, vinyl leather interior panels, and body-colored upper door trim.

The Brembo / BBS / Recaro package is $4,500 and offers upgraded brakes with red-painted calipers, BBS 17-inch wheels, heated Recaro sport seats, and gloss black side sill extensions and rear bumper skirt.

The RF (retractable fastback) model starts at $39,215 and includes a hand-painted roof panel that folds in just 13 seconds as well as the Brembo/ BBS/ Recaro package.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring - MSRP From $33,315

The top-tier trim gains the suspension and chassis upgrades from the Club trim and adds notable features such as adaptive automatic headlights, heated body-colored mirrors, auto-dimming driver’s side and rearview mirrors, and automatic climate control.

The interior also gains silver trim and the leather seats can be wrapped in the new-for-2022 terracotta-colored leather for $300 while the Appearance Package is available for $1,900. The RF starts at $36,015.

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CarsDirect Tip

The Miata can become expensive once loaded up and its base Sport trim already includes the performance and features to satisfy most that are looking for a no-frills sports car.

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Expert Review

Pros

Peerless as a driver’s car

Fabulous manual transmission

Unburstable mechanicals

An affordable head-turner

Cons

Woeful storage

Questionable safety

Lots of noise in soft-top

Cheaper models are too basic

Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

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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Like nothing you’ve ever driven. The MX-5 has been around since the late 1980s, and it remains an object lesson in driving dynamics. Modeled on post-war British roadsters from Lotus and Austin, it’s still the closest thing to a pure driving experience on sale in the United States. You’ll need to look at a British import like a Caterham or Ariel to find a car with equally instant responses.

On a good road, this compact roadster will allow even an old cynic to rediscover their long-lost love of driving. The steering is direct, the handling is a joy, the grip (especially with the available limited-slip rear diff) is plentiful, and the 50/50 weight distribution ensures it’s perfectly planted on the road. For keen drivers, nothing will put a bigger smile on your face, though the rear-wheel-drive configuration requires a degree of caution on wet bends. New for 2022, brake-based torque vectoring helps to keep the car’s lateral weight stable in fast or tight turns, adding to a sense that everything is telepathically connected to your fingertips.

Even smaller than it looks. Two-seater roadsters aren’t renowned for their practicality, and this certainly isn’t a good choice if you spend your weekends buying antiques or going on road trips. The cabin’s compact dimensions will leave taller people wishing they could saw off their extremities, while the RF hardtop adds to the general sense of claustrophobia. Your luggage will feel the same, crammed into a trunk measuring just 4.6 cubic feet, and it’s not as if the cabin compensates with loads of storage.

On the upside, everything’s bolted together with the symmetrical shut lines and reassuring solidity you’d expect from a mainstream manufacturer with stated ambitions to become a premium marque in the future. Mazda’s roadster is also strikingly handsome, with its swooping hood and bulbous rear. On bigger 17-inch wheels, it has the poised and lithe appearance of a car that loves being thrashed across its 7,200 rpm rev range.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Not the last word in luxury. The ride is pretty decent considering that short wheelbase, but we’d recommend choosing the RF hardtop over the fabric soft-top alternative, which allows too much noise to penetrate. At least it can be dropped with one arm, though the RF’s electrically retractable Targa top is simpler still and offers greater all-year useability.

Roadsters are all about the sheer joy of driving, which is why infotainment is never a strong suit. In the MX-5, you get a seven-inch touchscreen with a rotary dial, operating a basic system that does at least include smartphone mirroring and Bluetooth. By the time you reach mid-level Club trim, you’re able to enjoy a nine-speaker Bose stereo and satellite radio through the headrest speakers. Flagship Grand Touring trim weighs in at just under $40,000 with the hardtop, whereas the soft-top-only Club will set you back $31,815.

Questionable safety. In the MX-5’s Japanese and European heartlands, it’s surrounded by hatchbacks and sedans. It doesn’t feel quite as dwarfed as it does in America, where trucks and SUVs quite literally loom large. It can feel daunting driving a car so low to the road, though visibility is excellent because everything is taller than you – and therefore impossible to miss.

You’d hope the MX-5 would stand up for itself in a fender-bender, but we don’t know how safe it is because official crash testing hasn’t been carried out on this latest model. At least it has LED exterior lights, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warnings, while Grand Touring models also receive automatic high beams and adaptive headlights.

Final thoughts. Despite recent price increases, the MX-5 remains an affordable route to rediscovering the joy of motoring. Its point-and-squirt handling and instantly responsive steering will impress anyone who experiences them, while the six-speed manual gearbox is one of the best ever made. We actually prefer it to the automatic because the movement of the clutch pedal and gear lever are perfectly synchronized.

The Miata is far better as a second car than a main vehicle. The lack of internal and external storage cripples its practicality, while question marks over safety could deter people from making it their daily driver. It’s better suited to weekend blasts down country roads than threading through inner-city traffic, and the relative lack of cutting-edge technology is also disappointing. Then again, there are plenty of bigger vehicles that prioritize comfort over driving pleasure. The Miata is the other way around.

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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
6-spd man
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.
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 Sport
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 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata for Sale

2 vehicles found within 100 miles of your area
Mazda
Grand Touring
Color: Gray
Price

$27,588

Mileage

25,135 mi

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Cabe Toyota (15 mi)

Phone: (562) 595-7411
Mazda
Grand Touring
Color: White
Price

$27,899

Mileage

3,027 mi

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Capistrano Mazda (52 mi)

Phone: (949) 218-2445

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Grand Touring 2dr Convertible
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Price

$29,979

Mileage

2,247 mi

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California Motor Trend (16 mi)

Phone: (562) 622-0270
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Grand Touring Convertible 2D
Color: Liquid Silver Metallic
Price

$13,390

Mileage

69,000 mi

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Phone: (323) 452-3909
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