Stunning design; 1-handed top operation; precise manual gearbox; excellent handling; modern interior; good on gas
Snug seats; still not comfortable for anyone over six feet tall; tiny trunk; dash-mounted screen washes out in sunlight; awkwardly shaped passenger footwell; no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
For 2019, the MX-5 gains an additional 21 horsepower and 3 lb-ft of torque. New standard features include a rearview camera and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, while Smart City Brake Support (low-speed automatic braking) is added to the Grand Touring trim, and is now available on the Sport and Club models as part of two new optional packages. The CD player has been dropped.
If you're just looking for a fun, sporty convertible, the base Sport trim is really all the car you'll need. As all three trims use the same engine and transmission combination, performance enhancements only come in the form of improved handling and braking with the Club trim's Brembo package. Audio fanatics should note that the MX-5's audio setup is not easy to upgrade with an aftermarket system, so if you want great sound, you'll have to opt for the Bose system in either the Club or Grand Touring. Regardless, no trim offers a CD player, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The 2019 MX-5 Miata comes in three distinct trims: Sport, Club and Grand Touring, with the latter two trims also being offered with a retractable hardtop. All come standard with a 6-speed manual, but offer a 6-speed automatic with manual shift control as an option.
The MX-5 Sport ($26,625) brings 16-in alloy wheels, a sport-tuned exhaust, front and rear stabilizer bars, dual power mirrors, a manual soft-top with a glass rear window and defroster, power windows/mirrors/door locks, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Advanced Smart Keyless Entry, the Mazda Connect infotainment system, a 7-in color touchscreen, a console-mounted multifunction controller, HD Radio, an AM/FM stereo with six speakers and a USB port, Bluetooth, cruise control, a leather shift knob, a parking-brake boot and a trip computer. Optional on the Sport is the i-Activsense package that adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, Smart City Brake Support and lane-departure warning.
The MX-5 Club ($30,485 soft top), ($33,240, RF hard top) with the manual transmission adds Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential, shock tower bracing and an induction sound enhancer. Opting for the automatic transmission deletes the above-listed equipment. Common standard equipment regardless of transmission includes 17-in dark gunmetal alloy wheels, a front air dam, a rear-lip spoiler, Bose 9-speaker audio, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist and upgraded interior seating with red stitching and heated seats.
Optional on the Club is the Brembo/BBS package that adds Brembo front brakes with red calipers, 17-in BBS wheels, an aero kit and leather seats. The Brembo/BBS Recaro package adds Recaro sport seats. The Club i-Activsense package adds Smart City Brake Support and lane-departure warning.
The MX-5 Grand Touring ($31,657 soft top), ($35,305 RF hard top) deletes most of the Club's performance upgrades and adds auto on/off headlights, an auto-dimming driver's-side mirror, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, leather seating, automatic climate control, navigation, heated front seats, adaptive front headlights with auto high-beam control and unique alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment includes Smart City Brake Support (low-speed automatic braking), a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic assist and lane-departure warning. A new GT-S package adds a limited slip differential, shock tower brace and Bilstein dampers.
New for 2019 is the 30th Anniversary Edition which debuted at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The special edition comes with a new Racing Orange exterior color, 17" alloy wheels, painted orange Brembo calipers, and contrast orange stitching on the interior, as well as Bilstein shocks, front strut tower brace and rear limited slip differential for the manual itieration.
There are no other factory options for the MX-5, but numerous dealer add-ons are available to choose from.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible -- Although the Fiat 124 Spider is based off the MX-5 platform, it has a style and feel all its own, plus a turbocharged engine that's less powerful than the MX-5's engine.
2019 Mini Cooper Convertible -- The Mini Convertible also has a rear seat, three turbocharged engine options and more technology and safety features. The Mini's cloth top can also be partially opened to act like a targa roof.
2019 Nissan 370Z Roadster -- This 2-seat sports car is larger and heavier than the MX-5, but it also has nearly twice the hp. However, the 370Z costs more than an MX-5 (by as much as $20,000, depending on the model).