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2019 Mazda Miata Review

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The Mazda Miata convertible has been a 30-year favorite of those who like to zip around corners whether they’re going to work or running in autocross. Technically known as the MX-5 Miata, this is one small car, so small it doesn’t have a glove box, but its size means it’s made to zoom.

2019 Mazda Miata pricing

The base Miata comes as a soft top with a six-speed manual transmission. But an automatic transmission is available as is a pricier hard-top version of the Miata known as the Miata RF. The soft-top model has three trims: Sport, Club and Grand Touring. The Miata RF only has two trims: Club and Grand Touring.

Mazda Miata Mazda Miata RF
Manual transmission,
soft top
Manual transmission,
hard top
Sport Club Grand Touring Club Grand Touring
$25,730 $29,590 $30,780 $32,345 $33,335
Automatic transmission
soft top
Automatic transmission
hard top
Sport Club Grand Touring Club Grand Touring
$27,080 $30,190 $31,855 $32,945 $34,410


What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is usually next. Car dealers may raise customer APRs, so apply for financing outside of the dealership so you have a better picture of the rate you deserve. Potential lenders could include Mazda financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree, and based on your creditworthiness possibly be matched with up to five different loan offers from lenders.

It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within the rate shopping period of generally 14 days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

2019 Mazda Miata safety

It is hard to find safety ratings on convertibles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website lists only one: the Mustang convertible. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study did not mention convertibles specifically but found that smaller cars had higher fatality rates — vans had the lowest. In other words, a convertible may not be as safe as, say, a minivan. NHTSA does not rate the 2019 Mazda MX-5. The Miata does have standard airbags, safety seat belts and knee airbags.

For active safety features, Mazda features the i-Activsense package. The Club trim may include the following in that package:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring. With the turn signal on, the car can alert the driver of another vehicle in the driver’s blind spot.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert. When in reverse, the car can alert the driver of oncoming passing traffic.

The Grand Touring Miata may include these advanced active safety features:

  • Smart City Brake Support. The car can automatically apply the brakes at speeds between 2 and 18 MPH if it senses an imminent collision.
  • Lane Departure Warning. The car can warn the driver of unintentional lane departure.
  • Traffic Sign Recognition. The car can read road signs such as speed limit, yield and stop signs, and show them on the gage cluster.

2019 Mazda Miata trim comparison

The Miata soft top has three trims and the hard top has the top two out of the three: Club and Grand Touring.

Trim Sport Club Grand Touring
Features Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Controls, 7″ Touch Screen, HD Radio, Keyless Entry and Ignition Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Premium Audio, Sport-Tuned Suspension Lane Departure Warning, Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Navigation, Leather-Trimmed Seats

2019 Mazda Miata competitor comparison

The Miata is not a muscle car. It won’t rip down the open road like a Mustang or Camaro. It will, however, take turns that would leave the Mustang and Camaro spinning out.

Mazda Miata Ford Mustang Chevrolet Camaro Nissan 370Z
Base MSRP $25,730 $31,895 $31,500 $29,990
Expert Scores 4.6 4.6 4.3 3.5
Features Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Controls, 7″ Touch Screen, HD Radio, Keyless Entry and Ignition Bluetooth, Keyless Ignition, Selectable-Effort Steering (Normal/Sport/Comfort) Three Driving Modes, 7″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Controls, Xenon Headlights, Keyless Entry and Ignition
Combined Fuel Economy MPG 29 MPG 23 MPG 24 MPG 31 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city / highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

2019 Mazda Miata – the bottom line

Redesigned for 2019, the Mazda Miata has extracted more horsepower from its four-cylinder engine but still lacks the roar and open-road power of a muscle car. But you’ll like it for the price when compared with luxury roadsters or coupes. Taller drivers may want to keep cruising — the Miata could feel tiny.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.


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