2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

MSRP range: $33,045 - $34,750
Edmunds suggests you pay$32,976

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review

  • 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
  • The electrically folding roof does not reduce trunk space
  • It's heavier than the soft-top Miata
  • Noisy at highway speeds
  • Tiny trunk
  • Formerly optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard
  • Same for the i-Activsense package of driver safety features
  • Last year's GT-S package now standard on manual-equipped Grand Touring cars
  • Part of the fourth MX-5 Miata generation introduced for 2016

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of our favorite small sports cars. It does have some downsides, though. It's, well, small, so there's not much space to stretch out. The Miata can also get pretty noisy at highway speeds, even with the top up. Thankfully, Mazda offers a way to minimize the roar of the road in your ears when the windows are up: the 2020 MX-5 Miata RF.

The RF comes with a power-folding hardtop instead of the regular Miata's fabric top. Even though it's still fairly loud compared to traditional coupes, the Miata RF is a little more peaceful at highway speeds. It also has fixed buttresses positioned behind each passenger, giving the RF a distinct coupe- or targa-like look instead of the regular Miata's traditional roadster profile.

What's it like to live with?

Interested in learning about what it's like to live with this little roadster? Check out our long-term reviews for the fourth-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the updated 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata. We spent a year and more than 20,000 miles with each of these charming convertibles. In our long-term coverage, you can read in-depth coverage from our editors on everything from the way the Miata drives to its reliability. Though our long-term coverage is based on the soft-top MX-5, most of our impressions apply to the RF as well.

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In a world of ever more complex performance cars, the refreshingly pure and elemental Mazda MX-5 Miata RF shows everyone how it's done. It's fun to drive and a little bit easier to live with than the regular Miata. The only downside is price. The standard Miata's budget-friendly Sport trim is not available in the RF, which starts with the midgrade Club level. That, plus the price premium the RF commands, makes it significantly more expensive than the base Miata.
The Miata's featherweight construction and rear-wheel-drive platform mean that you can have a ton of fun without a supremely powerful engine. There's just 181 horsepower on tap, yet our manual transmission-equipped Miata RF test car sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in a respectably quick 6.6 seconds. You'll get the most driver engagement by picking the manual transmission.

The Miata's brakes are another strong point — they are both easy to control and post short stopping distances. Though steering is a little light in effort, the steering wheel is just the right size and offers immediate response. The Miata responds best to smooth and deliberate inputs. It's precise and predictable, and it's easy to catch the rear end if you get a bit overzealous. There's noticeable body roll (even with the Club suspension), but the only time that becomes an issue is during fast, aggressive driving.
Small two-seat roadsters aren't known for comfort, but the Miata is surprisingly livable in the day-to-day grind. The Club has a firmer ride than other Miata trims because of its Bilstein dampers, but it still has pretty good compliance over rough roads. Only larger potholes will send a shiver through the chassis. The optional Recaro seats offer an enviable combination of support, breathability and comfort. But they sit higher than the standard seats, making them a no-go for passengers over 6 feet tall.

The Miata's only significant drawback comfort-wise is the abundant cabin noise, even with the additional sound insulation the RF provides compared to the soft top. Road and wind noise increases significantly with speed. On the highway, you'll have to raise your voice to talk to your passenger.
The cabin's elegant design makes the most of the tidy space and prioritizes the fun of driving. There are minimal controls, and those that exist are, perhaps unsurprisingly, easy to reach. Though partially due to clever control placement, their ease of use is directly related to the Miata's minuscule cabin size.

Drivers around 6 feet tall will push the boundaries of head- and legroom, and anyone much taller than that might not fit at all. But average-size drivers will have no problem finding an agreeable position.

Forward visibility is great, though the rear view is somewhat impacted by the RF's targa-like top. The automatic top is quick to retract and deploy.
The MX-5 RF must balance driving purity with a driver's desire for modern connectivity and safety tech. Two USB ports are standard, as are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. There's also an impressive list of active safety features — the blind-spot monitor in particularly useful given the RF's visibility-reducing rear buttresses.

The nine-speaker Bose audio system does a good job both filling the cabin with sound and competing with ambient noise. Voice controls are limited and stick to a menu of on-screen prompts, but the system recognizes speech well.
No one should expect a two-seat convertible to be a utilitarian machine, so the Miata's lack of carrying capacity shouldn't come as a surprise. The Miata RF's trunk measures just 4.6 cubic feet — the same as the one in the regular soft-top Miata. Unlike larger convertibles, there's no back seat to use as a cargo shelf. There's not even a glovebox. Instead, the Miata just has a small bin between the seats that serves as the main storage area for things such as smartphones, wallets or small handbags.

There is sufficient room for one child or toddler in a forward-facing seat or booster only. There are no car seat anchors or top-tether attachment points.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the six-speed manual is 29 mpg combined (26 city/34 highway). In our RF test car, we managed 32 mpg on our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route. Matching the EPA's numbers in the real world should be pretty doable.
The RF costs thousands more than the MX-5 Miata soft top. That's partially because Mazda doesn't offer an entry-level Sport trim on the RF. But even if you compare the RF to a standard Miata at its Club level, the RF still commands a premium.

As with the standard MX-5, the RF's cabin materials are quite nice. An abundance of soft plastics and faux leather coverings give the interior an upscale feel. While the price can creep in upper trims and with option packages, the Miata is a good value overall.

Mazda's bumper-to-bumper warranty is good for three years/36,000 miles, while the powertrain is covered for five years/60,000 miles. These are average for the segment. Roadside assistance is offered for three years/36,000 miles, which is below average among non-luxury convertibles.
The Miata maintains a thread from roadsters past, with a certain purity missing from more modern, tech-advanced cars. Drivers feel fully engaged as the car executes driver commands with urgency and accuracy. The RF's hardtop and fastback style are modern touches, but the driving enjoyment remains.

Which MX-5 Miata RF does Edmunds recommend?

It makes sense to upgrade to the Grand Touring given that it barely costs more than the standard Club. However, if you want cloth seats or the Brembo/BBS Recaro package, you'll have to stick with the Club. There's really no wrong way to go here.

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF models

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is a small, lightweight roadster with a power-retractable folding hardtop. It comes in two trim levels: Club and Grand Touring. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (181 horsepower, 151 lb-ft of torque) that drives the rear wheels. The motor is paired to your choice between a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. Highlighted features include:

The Club is the sportier of the two offerings and comes standard with:

  • LED headlights
  • 17-inch black-painted alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Faux leather interior trim
  • Heated seats
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Two USB ports
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

Safety features for the Club include:

  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front and can automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (alerts you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

Club models with the manual transmission also add:

  • Shock tower brace
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers
  • Engine sound enhancer

A special Brembo/BBS Recaro package is only available with the Club and manual transmission. It includes:

  • Brembo front brakes with red front and rear calipers
  • Gray BBS wheels
  • Aerodynamic body kit
  • Black roof
  • Recaro sport seats

Grand Touring
The Grand Touring is the more luxurious option. It nixes the Club's front and rear spoilers and adds:

  • Dark gray wheels
  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Adaptive headlights (headlights swivel to illuminate the road in turns)
  • Heated mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system

Grand Touring models with the manual transmission also add the manual-equipped Club's performance upgrades.

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Consumer reviews

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5/5 stars, Perfect sports car!
Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Went from a 2011 camaro to a 2020 RF GT in eternal blue mica. Best purchase I’ve ever made! Absolutely a blast to drive, feels as fast as the camaro I traded in. I’m 6’1 and fit in easily with an inch or 2 of head room to spare. Cons: Interior is okay (Apple CarPlay/android auto is what saves the infotainment) wind noise isn’t the greatest at highway speeds but it’s not too loud, truck space is tiny, and the cup holders aren’t the best. Pros: driving dynamic, handling, and steering is the best I’ve ever felt in a car, it’s very easy to maneuver around with the small size, parking is never an issue, RF top is fantastic, way better than the soft top in my personal opinion, gas mileage is great! I average ~30mpg and that’s with very spirited driving! All in all this is a fantastic sports car for the money! I highly recommend this vehicle!!!
5/5 stars, Unreal ride!
Lou BER ,
Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
The most fun car to drive that I’ve had, and that’s saying something because I’m older and have had a lot of them. I’m sure there are faster convertibles out there, but for the money, this car absolutely is a joy. I don’t think I’ve missed an evening drive after work yet since I got it a month ago! Love it.
5/5 stars, My wife’s little zoom zoom!
Kim Willingham,
Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Comfortable, quick, fun, surprisingly deep trunk.

2020 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 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
26 City / 34 Hwy / 29 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.9 gal. capacity
2 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 181 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 151 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 154.1 in. / Height: 49.0 in. / Width: 68.3 in.
Curb Weight: 2452 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 4.5 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite MX-5 Miata RF safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring
Alerts the driver to the presence of vehicles in adjacent lanes and sounds a chime if a signaled lane change might result in a collision.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Sounds an alert if perpendicular traffic approaches as you reverse from, say, a parking stall or a driveway.
Adaptive Front-Lighting System
Swivels the headlights in the direction the steering wheel is turned to provide better illumination around turns and curves.

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. the competition

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat 124 Spider roadster is based on the MX-5 Miata, so these two cars share a lot of similarities. The Fiat's turbocharged engine prevents it from being a complete facsimile, but it still isn't as fast or as pleasant to drive as the Mazda. The Miata RF is a far more well-rounded vehicle overall.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. Toyota 86

The Toyota 86 is a coupe that offers the same kind of back-to-basics driving thrills as the Miata. However, its larger trunk and back seat make it the more practical vehicle. Both are well-matched from a performance perspective, but the Miata has a superior infotainment system and a more comfortable ride.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. Hyundai Veloster

With a hatchback body style, usable rear seat and front-wheel-drive architecture, the Hyundai Veloster seems quite different from the Miata. But the Veloster is similarly fun to drive and has all the features and conveniences of a modern car. It's also much less expensive than the Miata, so you can get a fully loaded high-performance Veloster N for thousands less than the base RF Club. They are very different cars, so choose the one that best fits your style.

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

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 MX-5 Miata RF both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. You probably care about Mazda MX-5 Miata RF fuel economy, so it's important to know that the MX-5 Miata RF gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. 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 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF:

  • Formerly optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard
  • Same for the i-Activsense package of driver safety features
  • Last year's GT-S package now standard on manual-equipped Grand Touring cars
  • 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 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 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 2020 MX-5 Miata RF is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

The least-expensive 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is the 2020 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:

  • Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $34,425
  • Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $34,750
  • Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $33,045
  • Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $33,645
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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 Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A). For a full list of MX-5 Miata RF models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Overview

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is offered in the following submodels: MX-5 Miata RF Convertible. Available styles include Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 MX-5 Miata RF 5.0 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 2020 MX-5 Miata RF.

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2020 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 $35,885. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $3,568 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,568 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,317.

The average savings for the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is 9.9% below the MSRP.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,525. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $3,549 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,549 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,976.

The average savings for the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is 9.7% below the MSRP.

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