2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review
Pros & Cons
- Dramatically different styling than soft-top variant
- Offers the security of a fixed-roof coupe
- Significantly quieter than the regular Miata
- The electrically folding roof does not reduce trunk space
- It's heavier than the soft-top Miata
- Only part of the roof stows away
- The tiny trunk will hold only a few items
Which MX-5 Miata RF does Edmunds recommend?
Mazda's terrific manual gearbox is the easy choice over the optional automatic transmission. It's among the slickest-shifting manuals out there, and besides, this is a sports car. As a bonus, pairing a manual to the Club version — and only the Club version — bestows the car with a sport-oriented suspension, Bilstein dampers and a limited-slip differential, underscoring the car's sporting nature. The Miata RF comes pretty well equipped as standard, and options are few. Skip the pricey Brembo brakes, but spring for keyless entry as a very inexpensive way to gain convenience.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the MX-5 Miata RF models:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- This system sounds a chime if you switch on the turn signal when another car is in an adjacent lane.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- It sounds an alert if traffic approaches as you reverse from, say, a parking stall.
- Adaptive Front Lighting System
- This system swivels the headlights in the direction the steering wheel is turned.