2020 Mazda Miata Prices Increasing Up To $1,090

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, Automotive Analyst - December 26, 2019

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is popular amongst car enthusiasts for its lightweight and agile handling. However, potential buyers can expect to see an increase in prices for the coming year, especially for specific options. According to an early draft of an order guide, all 2020 Miata trim levels will have higher starting prices than last year, with the Grand Touring seeing an increase of up to $1,090.

The 2020 Miata Sport Soft-Top will start at $26,580, while the RF Club Hardtop has been priced from $33,045. Both prices exclude destination, which is not yet listed. Compared to the 2019 Miata, these equate to increases of $850 and $700, respectively. Grand Touring manuals, however, will see an increase of $890 for the soft-top and $1,090 for the RF. Based on our analysis, the increases appear to be the result of more standard safety tech, as well as suspension upgrades for manual transmission GTs.

In terms of safety, all i-ACTIVSENSE packages currently offered on Sport and Club trims will be dropped and made standard. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and low-speed emergency braking will now be standard on all trim levels. Additional features such as automatic high beams and traffic sign recognition are only available on Grand Touring trims. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be standard on Club trims and above for both soft-top and hard-top versions, a feature previously not available from the factory on any MX-5.

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Manual transmission GTs will receive Bilstein shock absorbers, a limited-slip differential, front shock tower braces, and a sport-tuned suspension. For 2019, these upgrades were only available on the Club trim with manual transmission. As a result, buyers who want all the features from the GT plus a sportier ride will no longer have to settle for the Club trim.

Mazda is continuing to make strides toward making advanced safety tech standard across its lineup, even on the enthusiast-oriented Miata. This, combined with sportier manual transmission offerings, could make it a great value for anyone looking for a good balance between driver convenience and driver experience. Meanwhile, competitors such as the Toyota 86 and Fiat 124 Spider do not offer any standard driver assistance features or only offer them with additional packages.

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, Automotive Analyst

Kelly Campbell is a SoCal native with a background in marketing, communications, and technical writing. Having spent her entire career in the automotive industry, Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for cars to her role as an Automotive Analyst at CarsDirect.

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