2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

MSRP range: $33,045 - $35,050
4.6 out of 5 stars(5)
MSRP$34,040
What others are paying$34,165
Low supply is pushing the market average above MSRP.

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF video

[LIGHT ROCK MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: This is the 2019 Mazda Miata. And ahead of us is the Edmunds' test track. We're going to take a few laps and talk about why this is one of my favorite handling cars. Let's do it. [CAR ENGINE REVS] Bad launch. Doesn't matter. So if you're a Miata nerd, you already know this has more horsepower and torque than last year. You know it's a little bit firmer too. We're driving the retractable hard top version, which means it's a little bit heavier. But still the core attributes of this car remain. I should also note that this car has the [? Per ?] Club package with the BBS wheels, the Bilstein dampers, and the Brembo brakes. Beyond all that, though, what I really like about the Miata is this reminds me of what driving is supposed to be. You notice I'm not going a million miles an hour. I'm keeping it relatively tame. But what I have at my disposal are more inputs with regard to driving. I have a manual gearbox that feels really satisfying to use. I have some pitch, and dive, and body roll that isn't great when it comes to going fast, but it is informing me of what the car can get accomplished. It tells me the level of grip I have at each axle. It's an extra bit of communication. I have an engine that gets more exciting the more it revs. It feels like it hits a power peak at about 6,000 RPM. Or at least there's a distinct change in power delivery around that point. It sounds good, too. This is a really satisfying car to drive around. And I think what is so appealing about this-- it's definitely not the speed because we're not going terribly fast-- is the involvement with the driver operating a car. This is what driving should be. It's an experience that isn't about lap times but for the visceral thrill of operating a machine and making it go fast. And of course, the balance is exciting too. If I lift off mid-corner, I can make this car rotate. If I charge in too fast, it's going to understeer. If I apply too much gas on the exit, it's going to oversteer. It's going to do the things that rear-wheel drive sports cars should do. That's why this is so much fun. It's a communicative, lightweight, nimble, handling device that begs for your involvement with the experience. That's what Miata has always been. And I hope that's what it always will be. This 2019 version surely improves on those characteristics. And how can that be a bad thing? It's light. It's nimble. It's playful. Those are all the adjectives you'll hear all the time when talking about the Miata. And it just holds true. It's almost a stereotype to use it, but it's the truth. You can certainly go a lot faster for this money. But I don't know if you'd get the same involvement out of cars at this price point. That's been two laps at our handling track in the 2019 Mazda Miata. Thank you for watching. If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe. And for all your car shopping needs, be sure to visit Edmunds.com I'm going to keep going. That's good times.

Here's Why We Love Driving the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF | One-Lap Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, but since the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 MX-5 Miata RF both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the MX-5 Miata RF has 4.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF:

  • New wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay integration
  • White leather upholstery available
  • Part of the fourth MX-5 Miata generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF reliable?

To determine whether the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the MX-5 Miata RF. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the MX-5 Miata RF's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 MX-5 Miata RF and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 MX-5 Miata RF is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

The least-expensive 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,045.

Other versions include:

  • Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $33,645
  • Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $35,050
  • Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $33,045
  • Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $34,525
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What are the different models of Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

If you're interested in the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, the next question is, which MX-5 Miata RF model is right for you? MX-5 Miata RF variants include Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M). For a full list of MX-5 Miata RF models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Overview

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is offered in the following submodels: MX-5 Miata RF Convertible. Available styles include Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M). Mazda MX-5 Miata RF models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 181 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic, 6-speed manual. The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 MX-5 Miata RF 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 MX-5 Miata RF.

Pros

  • Sublime steering and handling
  • RF doesn't sacrifice any of the soft top's fun-to-drive character
  • Offers the security of a fixed-roof coupe
  • Power-folding roof does not reduce trunk space

Cons

  • Costs more than the soft-top Miata
  • Noisy at highway speeds
  • Tiny trunk

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 MX-5 Miata RF featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,520. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $134 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $134 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,386.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is 0.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

Which 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RFS are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
30 mpg compined MPG,
26 city MPG/35 highway MPG

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
30 mpg compined MPG,
26 city MPG/35 highway MPG

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
29 mpg compined MPG,
26 city MPG/34 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG30
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase90.9 in.
Length154.1 in.
WidthN/A
Height49.0 in.
Curb Weight2496 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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