2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
- Extremely fun and engaging to drive, even at low speeds
- One of the most fuel-efficient sports cars you can buy
- Manual soft top is easy to lower or close quickly
- Prices are quite reasonable
- Noticeable body roll during aggressive cornering
- Limited cargo space in a tiny trunk
- Not much stretch room inside, even for average-size occupants
- Cabin gets fairly loud at highway speeds even with the top up
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which MX-5 Miata does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
The Mazda MX-5 Miata was completely redesigned just two years ago, so it's no surprise the 2018 model receives few changes. Mazda did its homework with this Miata generation, improving the interior quality and accommodations while making it lighter and quicker than its predecessor. There is perhaps no better Mazda model that currently embodies the "Zoom-Zoom" spirit more than the MX-5 Miata.
Miatas are best enjoyed when the road turns twisty. A peppy yet fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine provides enough power and a delightful soundtrack to keep you entertained for as many miles as you can handle. And on that note, if you want the best version of the Miata for such activities, we strongly recommend the Club trim and the six-speed manual transmission. Mazda also offers an automatic transmission, but it doesn't come with many of the Miata's dynamic-enhancing goodies.
As always, though, there are downsides to Miata ownership. Taller individuals might find the cabin confining and particularly difficult to enter and exit if the top isn't down. Trunk capacity is a laughable 4.6 cubic feet, so packing light is a requirement for any road trip. And lastly, in the interest of saving weight, the lack of sound deadening results in a fair amount of road and wind noise at speed with the top up.
Still, few cars are more rewarding and fun to wheel around than the Miata. If you can live with the size limitations, you have little reason to consider anything else in this segment for the pleasure of driving.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a two-seat roadster offered in three trim levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring. All three trim levels are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (155 horsepower, 148 pound-feet of torque) that drives the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Sport trim offers a more bare-bones motoring experience; the Club is for sport-oriented driving, with a number of mechanical upgrades and added interior features; and the top Grand Touring trim focuses on providing comfort, convenience and technology.
Standard features for the Sport trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, a manually retractable black soft top with a glass rear window, LED headlights and taillights, air conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment interface, keyless entry with push-button ignition, a height-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cruise control, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Club trim includes everything from the Sport but comes with different equipment depending on the chosen transmission. With the manual shifter, it includes a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, a shock-tower brace, a limited-slip differential and an engine sound enhancer. Opting for the automatic negates these features.
Otherwise, all Miata Clubs get 17-inch wheels with summer performance tires, a sportier front fascia, a rear lip spoiler, black mirror covers and roll hoops, red interior stitching, upgraded interior trim panels, a nine-speaker Bose audio system (with headrest speakers, satellite radio and HD radio, and dual USB ports), voice controls, and a 7-inch touchscreen interface with an auxiliary control knob mounted on the center console. The Club also gets a safety-oriented bundle that includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Grand Touring loses the manual-transmission Club's performance upgrades except for the sound enhancer, which remains a manual-only feature. But it gets adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, auto-dimming mirrors with exterior heating, lane departure warning, body-colored mirror covers, automatic wipers, a cloth-lined top, leather upholstery, heated seats, automatic climate control and a navigation system.
A Brembo/BBS package is offered on manual-transmission Club models, and it includes 17-inch forged BBS wheels, more powerful Brembo front brakes, an aero body kit and heated leather seats. For 2018, this package can also be enhanced with Recaro sport seats.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our Full Test of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Convertible (2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed manual | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current MX-5 Miata is fundamentally unchanged. Our findings remain fully applicable to this year.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out3
Audio & navigation
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite MX-5 Miata safety features:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Alerts the driver of other vehicles in the Miata's blind spots with indicators mounted on the side mirrors.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Alerts the driver of cars approaching from either side of the Miata's rear bumper when in reverse.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Warns you when you unintentionally drift out of your lane without activating a turn signal.
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata for Sale
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is an entertaining and engaging convertible to drive and comes at an affordable price. The Miata was fully redesigned in 2016, and the new generation is lighter and quicker than the old one. Mazda's real trick, though, has been making the car lighter while adding more comfort, convenience and technology. There are only three trim levels for the MX-5, and all come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that drives the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual or an optional automatic transmission. Choosing the right Miata for you just requires deciding what convertible experience you want.
The entry-level 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport is meant for bare-bones motoring fun. The cloth seats are comfortable, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob feel good in the hand, but beyond that you don't get many extras. The Sport comes with keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo system and a single USB port.
Buyers looking to maximize the Miata's sporting character should seriously consider the Club trim, which adds not only a host of creature comforts but also plenty of mechanical upgrades. The 2018 MX-5 Miata Club gets sport-tuned Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential. BBS wheels, Brembo brakes and Recaro sport seats are available as optional extras for the Club. Beyond that, the Club adds a 7-inch touchscreen and a nine-speaker Bose surround-sound system with smartphone app integration.
The Grand Touring trim is meant for more comfortable cruising. It loses the Club's mechanical upgrades in favor of a more comfortable ride and steps up both interior comfort and technology. This top-of-the-line Miata gets leather upholstery and a handful of other interior trim upgrades, plus automatic adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors with exterior heating, automatic climate control and navigation.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has always been a tremendous value in terms of fun per dollar, and the 2018 model just proves the rule. Even better, thanks to its light weight and efficient engine, it offers very good fuel economy for a sports car. You may already know which Miata is right for you, but be sure to check out our full review for more information. Edmunds also offers shopping tools to help you get the best deal on a tremendously fun 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 MX-5 Miata 4.5 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 2018 MX-5 Miata.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata?
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,145. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,975 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,975 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,170.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is9.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,070. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $1,630 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,630 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,440.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is5.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 12 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,030. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $1,586 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,586 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,445.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is5.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 7 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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