2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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What’s new

  • Engine updated with more power and a higher redline
  • Previously unavailable rearview camera is now standard
  • The steering wheel now telescopes
  • New GT-S package for Grand Touring models
  • Part of the fourth MX-5 Miata generation introduced for 2016

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Cabin gets fairly loud at highway speeds even with the top up
  • Not much room to stretch out inside
  • Limited cargo space in a tiny trunk
  • Noticeable body roll during aggressive cornering


Which MX-5 Miata does Edmunds recommend?

We like all three MX-5 Miata trims, but we think most buyers will enjoy the sporty Club trim. It adds numerous mechanical enhancements to make the Miata even more fun to toss around tight curves. It also opens the doors to the Brembo/BBS package, which adds high-performance Brembo brakes, unique BBS wheels and an aero kit. You can get the Club's sporty upgrades on the Grand Touring model via the new GT-S package, but the Brembo/BBS package is not available on the Grand Touring.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

With the exception of the ultra-hardcore Alfa Romeo 4C, no vehicle on sale today represents purity of purpose as much as the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Like all Miatas throughout the last 30 years, the 2019 version is a two-seat roadster that prioritizes thrills over frills. You won't find massaging seats, high-tech features or generous trunk space here. But you will enjoy pure, unadulterated fun that no other cars in this price class can match. A bevy of upgrades for 2019 makes the Miata more enticing than ever.

Engine performance is at the forefront of 2019's enhancements. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now produces 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque — an increase of 26 hp and 3 lb-ft over last year's model — and the redline is 700 rpm higher. We haven't tested its performance in the soft top yet, but our retractable hardtop MX-5 Miata RF tester zipped from 0 to 60 mph a half-second quicker than last year's model.

Convenience has improved, too. The steering wheel now telescopes, which improves the driving position for taller drivers. A previously unavailable rearview camera is now standard on every Miata, while the Grand Touring's advanced safety features are now available on Sport and Club models as part of the new i-Activsense package. And for drivers who want it all, a new GT-S package adds the Club trim's handling upgrades to the luxury-oriented Grand Touring model. The 2019 Miata's changes should make it more appealing to enthusiasts and casual drivers alike.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata configurations

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a two-seat roadster offered in three trim levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring. All Miatas are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (181 horsepower, 151 pound-feet of torque) that drives the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission with wheel-mounted 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 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, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment interface with an auxiliary control knob, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth, voice controls, and a six-speaker sound system with HD radio, two USB ports 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's equipped with 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, LED daytime running lights, a sportier front fascia, a rear lip spoiler, black mirror covers and roll hoops, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, red interior stitching, upgraded interior trim panels, heated seats, a nine-speaker Bose audio system and satellite radio.

Both Sport and Club models are available with the i-Activsense package, which adds lane departure warning and low-speed forward collision warning with automatic braking. The Sport with this package also gets blind-spot monitoring with 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. These features, along with the sport-tuned suspension, are available in the new GT-S package.

Grand Touring features include adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, the i-Activsense package, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, heated mirrors with body-colored covers, automatic wipers, a cloth-lined top, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and a navigation system.

The 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. It can be ordered with or without Recaro sport seats.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Convertible (2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed manual | RWD), with additional impressions from our full test of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club (2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed manual | RWD).

NOTE: Since our original convertible test was conducted in 2016, the Miata has received some revisions, including a more powerful engine and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, both of which were added for 2019. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's MX-5 Miata, however.

Driving

The Miata might not boast big power numbers, but it's small and light, so it always feels exceedingly nimble. You won't find many cars that put the driver more in touch with the driving experience or that are more entertaining to drive on public roads — especially the twisty ones.

Acceleration

We haven't yet tested an MX-5 convertible with the revised 2.0-liter engine, but we have tried it in the similar MX-5 RF. We noted good power delivery through the rev range — it's shocking what a difference an extra 26 horsepower makes. The 2019 RF was roughly 0.5 second quicker to 60 mph than the previous year.

Braking

Our test car stopped from 60 mph in 111 feet, which is slightly longer than we'd expect given that it had the optional Brembo brake package installed. The distances and pedal firmness remained consistent, though, and the car stayed composed in full-panic braking.

Steering

Steering effort is lighter than we're used to from a Miata, and feedback is a little muted, too. Even still, the steering is among the best available today. It reacts with immediacy and is very accurate. The steering wheel feels perfectly shaped in our hands.

Handling

Few cars feel more light and nimble than the Miata. Precise and predictable are the operative words. There's more body roll than expected when cornering aggressively. But overall, driving a Miata along a curvy road is an absolute blast.

Drivability

Even though the Miata is capable of entertaining performance, it is still easy to drive in everyday commuting situations (yes, even with a manual transmission). The small footprint is well-suited to tight city confines and parking spaces.

Comfort

Roadsters aren't known for being comfortable, but the Miata bucks that trend with compliant suspension tuning and seating for the long haul. There's a noticeable amount of noise, but for some, that's part of the allure.

Seat comfort

The seats cradle occupants with just the right amount of support. The side bolsters provide ample lateral support without being intrusive. After hours of driving, you should still be pretty comfortable.

Ride comfort

Despite its small dimensions and sporty intentions, the Miata isn't punishing. There's plenty of compliance to smooth over bumps, but bigger potholes will send a good thud through the chassis. Long road trips won't be a problem.

Noise & vibration

Road and wind noise is prevalent at highway speeds with the top up, but not to the point that it's intrusive. The pleasant exhaust tenor is loud enough to make it sound special, but it's not so loud that it's obnoxious.

Interior

The Miata's interior is well-crafted with a pleasing and relatively ergonomically friendly design. But a small car like this comes with the typical drawbacks, such as limited cabin space for bigger-than-average people.

Ease of use

The primary controls are well-placed around the driver, and the gauges are easy to read. But the infotainment system's controller knob is in a spot where drivers might place their right forearm, and it doesn't fall readily to hand.

Getting in/getting out

The average-size adult will have no problem slipping in and out. Taller drivers will have to curl themselves through the opening if the top is up. Short doors aid access in tight parking spots.

Roominess

Six-foot-tall drivers will reach the size limitations of head- and legroom. Even for the typical adult, the cockpit is snug enough to feel as though you're wearing the car. But it doesn't feel claustrophobic.

Visibility

Forward visibility is as good as it gets nowadays, thanks to favorable windshield positioning and narrow roof pillars. As small as the car is, there's very little guesswork with rear visibility, too.

Quality

The interior materials have improved significantly from the previous-generation Miata and now meet the standards for this price point.

Convertible top

The manual cloth top drops quickly and easily without your having to leave your seat, but it requires a final push to latch it in place. It is easier to deploy than in previous Miatas thanks to some assistance from lifting springs. Buffeting is not excessive.

Utility

A tiny trunk, no back seat and limited cabin space mean that this isn't the best if you need to transport large items. Small items and soft duffels are more easily accommodated.

Technology

The Miata deftly balances driving purity with a driver's desire for modern connectivity and safety tech. But even with features such as blind-spot and lane departure warning and a nine-speaker stereo, the Miata is no less fun than a soft top without those items.

Audio & navigation

A nine-speaker Bose system, with speakers in the headrests, makes for good sound while motoring and does a reasonable job competing cleanly with ambient noise. The nav system can be operated by the 7-inch touchscreen or center-console knob controller. But the graphics are starting to look a little dated.

Smartphone integration

The USB connection makes for easy smartphone and media device integration. Bluetooth is similarly breezy to connect. But there's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity.

Driver aids

Lane departure warning seems anathema to a car like the Miata, but it's there along with other modern aids (blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert). Forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking is available for 2019.

Voice control

Voice commands are accessed through the steering wheel button and include standard commands for placing phone calls, navigating to destinations and moving through music selections. It requires on-screen prompts but recognizes speech well.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$25,730
MPG
26 city / 34 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
Gas
181 hp @ 7000 rpm
MSRP
$27,080
MPG
26 city / 35 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
181 hp @ 7000 rpm
MSRP
$30,780
MPG
26 city / 34 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
Gas
181 hp @ 7000 rpm
MSRP
$31,855
MPG
26 city / 35 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
181 hp @ 7000 rpm
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Safety

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.

Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. the competition

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019 Subaru BRZ

2019 Subaru BRZ

Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Subaru BRZ

The Miata and the Subaru BRZ share a common commitment to the joy of driving. Although the BRZ is larger, heavier and packs a set of rear seats, it's still a relatively small, sporty coupe. It's undoubtedly more practical than the Miata, but the diminutive MX-5 is quicker and livelier.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Toyota 86

The Toyota 86 is almost identical to the Subaru BRZ — Toyota and Subaru jointly developed the cars' rear-wheel-drive platform — and shares most of the BRZ's characteristics. The differences mostly come down to styling and interior trim. The BRZ also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while the 86 and the Miata do not.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Ford Mustang

The Miata is small and lithe, while the Ford Mustang is the opposite. Though this Mustang generation certainly handles better than previous models, the 'Stang is still obsessed with straight-line performance. It's more comfortable, roomier and more powerful than the Miata, but it's also much more expensive.

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata for Sale

Mazda MX-5 Miata 2019 Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is offered in the following submodels: MX-5 Miata Convertible. Available styles include Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 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).

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2019 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 $32,750. The average price paid for a new 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,699 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is5.2% below the MSRP.

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,385. The average price paid for a new 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,472 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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