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2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Expert Rating
4.3 (Excellent)

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2023 Sport 2dr Convertible
most popular
Price:   -  From $28,050
2023 Club 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $31,550
2023 Grand Touring 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $33,050
2023 RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $35,750
2023 RF Club 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $38,950

Overview

What's New

The 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata enters the new model year with one single change: a new paint job that’s called Zircon Sand. Beyond the new paint job, the Miata carries into the new model year without any major changes.

Choosing Your Mazda MX-5 Miata

The soft-top Miata is available in three trims: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. Prices for the Miata range from $29,115 to $34,115 (with destination). The Miata RF, which comes with a retractable hardtop roof, is available in Grand Touring and Club trims. Pricing for the Miata RF is slightly higher, as the sports car ranges from $36,815 to $40,610.

Engine Choices

All Miatas come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The sports car comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is available on the Grand Touring trim as a no-cost option on the soft-top model and $550 extra for the RF Grand Touring.

While the Miata isn’t the fastest sports car on the market, it is one of the more efficient ones. The sports car can get up to 30 mpg combined with the automatic transmission and 29 mpg combined with the standard manual gearbox.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Miata remains a strict two-seater with very little space for passengers or cargo. Front headroom measures 37.4 inches, while the driver and passenger get 43.1 inches of legroom. Of course, putting the top down brings unlimited headroom.

Because of the Miata’s compact size, the sports car is only 154.1 inches long and 68.3 inches wide, the sports car doesn’t offer much in the way of cargo capacity. The trunk offers up to 4.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is just enough for a small shopping trip. Interior storage is even more depressing, as the sports car has removable cup holders and a single storage compartment behind the center console.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Safety Features

Every Miata comes with blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. Moving up to the Grand Touring trim brings traffic sign recognition, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic high-beam assist.

Connectivity

Mazda offers the base Miata with a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, six audio speakers, and an HD Radio. Stepping up to the Club trim nets speakers in the passenger’s headrest, as well as a Bose audio system, satellite radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay. Navigation is only available on the Grand Touring trim but is now standard.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport – MSRP From $29,115

The base MX-5 Miata is aimed at drivers that want to keep things simple and focus on the driving experience. So, it doesn’t come with a lot in the way of convenience. Standard features include cloth upholstery, air conditioning, keyless entry, push-button start, 16-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cruise control, LED headlights and taillights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club – MSRP From $33,210

The Club is the obvious choice for enthusiasts looking for some extra handling performance from their Miata. The trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, a shock tower brace, and a limited-slip differential. The trim also looks different with a black front lip and rear spoiler, gray contrast stitching, and door trim in the vehicle’s exterior paint job. Buyers will find that the Club adds a few convenience features with heated seats, a Bose audio system, satellite radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The available Brembo/BBS Recaro Package costs $4,500 and adds Brembo brakes, red calipers, BBS forged 17-inch wheels, a sporty body kit, and heated Recaro sport seats.

2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring – MSRP From $34,115

The range-topping Grand Touring trim is the most luxurious Miata, but it’s still a Miata. So, handling takes priority over comfort. The trim comes with unique 17-inch wheels, automatic and adaptive headlights, heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and navigation.

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CarsDirect Tip

Consumers looking for a no-frills sports car that offers a pure driving experience will find that the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport fits the bill well. For drivers that want the sportiest Miata possible, the Club brings worthwhile performance upgrades that improve the way the sports car handles.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Superb handling and road feedback
  • Camry price point
  • Buttery manual transmission
  • Optional hardtop
Cons
  • Not very versatile
  • Pricey performance package
  • Not what we'd call a safe car
  • Ride can be on the harsher side
Expert Rating
4.3 (Excellent)

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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Winning formula. The current generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, or ND, has been around since the 2016 model year, although it got a new engine in 2018. The Miata has always made use of the quintessential roadster formula: lightweight, front engine, and rear drive. Mazda keeps playing the hits with the Miata, and the result is an uncomplicated and capable sports car.

Refined but retains charm. If you’ve ever driven an older Miata (particularly an NA or NB), you know that they’re a symphony of rattles, road noise, and other assorted sounds. The current MX-5 is built to a higher standard and has had a lot of the harshness engineered out. Now it’s no Rolls Royce; you’ll feel imperfections in the road more than the average car, but the ND Miata is stable and composed enough to be a viable option for road trips (assuming you pack lightly), while still retaining excellent road feel.

The Miata is also available with a retractable hard top, called the Miata RF. The RF significantly reduces noise, vibration, and harshness, and makes the car more viable in climates that would be unfriendly to a soft top. RF models carry a $2,750 premium over the standard Miata and are only available on the posher Club and Grand Touring trims.

Sporty styling. Mazda ditched the cutesy look for this iteration of the Miata, no doubt in order to appeal to a broader audience. Although it may have lost some of its novelty, the ND is still recognizable as a Miata and, to fulfill a long-running automotive cliché, a handsome car.

Minimalist interior. The Miata keeps it simple inside. The dash features a clean design punctuated by a 7” CarPlay and Android Auto-capable infotainment screen. We like the interior layout, but the screen is small and finicky by modern standards. Granted, if you’re buying a Miata for its interior tech, you’re doing it wrong.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Superb handling. Cornering is the Miata’s bread and butter and always has been. Steering is a hair lighter than on previous generations but still offers excellent feedback. The Miata is effortlessly flickable thanks to its small size, tight suspension, and perfect weight distribution. The optional Brembo front brakes and BBS wheels further improve its already impressive handling prowess but are only available in a $4,500 package on the Club trim.

Sacrificed practicality. The Miata’s size is arguably its chief benefit. Naturally, though, its diminutive dimensions do not offer much in the way of usable storage, as its cargo capacity is just 4.6 cubic feet (4.6 for the RF). Taller drivers will find the interior snug, to say the least.

Solid fuel economy. Although not as frugal as dedicated economy cars, the Miata is far better on gas than higher-displacement sports cars. The manual is rated at 26 mpg highway and 35 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 29. The automatic does one better at 30 mpg.

Standard safety suite. We’re not suggesting the Miata should be at the top of the list if safety is your number one priority in a car. The 2023 model hasn’t been rated by the IIHS or NHTSA, but chances are you will be the smaller car in a collision. However, Mazda hasn’t been stingy with the Miata’s safety and driver assistance features, offering low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning as standard on all trims. Only automatic hi-beams and adaptive headlights are limited to the Grand Touring trim.

Unrivaled driving experience. The Miata isn’t as fast as other performance cars in a straight line, although it’s certainly quicker than its predecessors with a 0-60 time under six seconds. It may seem counterintuitive, but the Miata’s relatively modest power output is part of what makes it such a brilliant driver’s car.

There isn’t another car on the market that you can thrash around as happily as a Miata without getting into trouble with the laws of either the road or of physics. Its sensation of speed is unparalleled, especially with other cars continuing to grow larger and post increasingly gaudier power figures. Going for a spirited drive on a nice backroad in a Miata is a more rewarding experience than avoiding an exhibition of speed ticket in a Hellcat any day of the week.

Final thoughts. The 2023 MX-5 Miata is everything a lightweight sports car should be, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Mazda first got this right in 1989 with the NA Miata, and they haven’t looked back. The basic Miata recipe hasn’t changed since then, and the 2023 model embodies everything right with the original, but in a package that’s easier to live with.

Now a 2023 Miata isn’t a good fit for everyone (quite literally in some cases). Most people need the ability to take more than one passenger with them or buy a week’s worth of groceries, two things you can’t do in a Miata. That being said, if you’re willing and able to make those sacrifices in practicality, you won’t find a better driving experience for your dollar in a new car.

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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 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

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