2020 MAZDA MX-5 Miata RF

Original MSRP Range
$33,045 - $34,750
Available Style(s)
Convertible
MPG
26 - 26 MPG City / 34 - 35 MPG Hwy
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2020 MAZDA MX-5 Miata RF

What We Like

  • Stunning design
  • 1-handed top operation
  • Precise manual gearbox
  • Excellent handling
  • Modern interior
  • Good on gas

What We Don't

  • Snug seats
  • Still not comfortable for anyone over 6 feet tall
  • Tiny trunk
  • Dash-mounted screen washes out in sunlight
  • Awkwardly shaped passenger footwell

Overview

What's New in the 2020 MAZDA MX-5 Miata RF?

For 2020, the MX-5 gains Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE suite of standard driver assists, which includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning. The Club and Grand Touring trims gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Grand Touring with the manual transmission inherits the Club's limited-slip differential, Bilstein dampers, shock tower brace and sport suspension. Rounding out the changes are a new key fob design, some new paint colors and a new font on the MX-5 and Mazda badges. See the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata models for sale near you

Which MX-5 Miata RF is the Best?

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 trim. Find a Mazda MX-5 Miata for sale

How Much Does a 2020 MAZDA MX-5 Miata RF Cost?

The 2020 MX-5 Miata comes in three distinct trims: Sport, Club and Grand Touring. The latter two offer with a retractable hardtop. Each comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission but offers a 6-speed automatic with manual shift control as an option.

The MX-5 Sport trim ($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, power mirrors, power 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 connectivity, cruise control, a leather shift knob, a parking brake boot and a trip computer. Standard safety equipment includes the i-ACTIVSENSE package, which adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, Smart City Brake Support and lane-departure warning.

The MX-5 Club trim ($31,210 soft top, $33,965 RF hardtop) 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 that equipment. Common standard equipment regardless of transmission includes 17-in dark gunmetal alloy wheels, a front air dam, a rear-lip spoiler, a Bose 9-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and upgraded interior seating with silver stitching and heated seats.

Optional on the Club trim is the Brembo/BBS Recaro package ($4,470 soft top, $4,670 RF hardtop), which adds Brembo front brakes with red calipers, 17-in dark gunmetal BBS wheels, an aero kit and heated Recaro sport seats. On the RF, this package also includes a hand-painted black roof.

The MX-5 Grand Touring ($32,590 soft top, $35,345 RF hardtop) with the manual transmission picks up the Club trim's limited-slip differential and sport suspension. The automatic models don't have most of the Club's performance upgrades. Standard on the Grand Touring are automatic 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 automatic high beam control, traffic sign recognition and unique alloy wheels. A red Nappa leather interior package costs an additional $300.

There are no other factory options for the MX-5, but numerous dealer add-ons are available.

MX-5 Miata RF Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
MX-5 Miata RF Club Auto$33,645 / $31,7974 Cylinder18126 / 356-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
MX-5 Miata RF Club Manual$33,045 / $31,2294 Cylinder181N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring Auto$34,750 / $32,8434 Cylinder18126 / 356-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring Manual$34,425 / $32,5344 Cylinder181N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2020 MAZDA MX-5 Miata RF a Safe Car?

The MX-5 comes standard with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, a tire pressure monitor and front and side-impact airbags. Standard driver-assist features include lane-departure warning, low-speed emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

To date, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 2020 MX-5 Miata.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/Unlimited Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2020 MAZDA MX-5 Miata RF vs the competition

2020 Fiat 124 Spider -- 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 offers less horsepower but far more torque than the MX-5's engine.

2020 Mini Cooper Convertible -- The Mini convertible also has a rear seat and three turbocharged engine options, and it has more technology and safety features than the Miata. The Mini's cloth top can also be partially opened to act like a targa roof.

2020 Ford Mustang Convertible -- The Mustang convertible costs about the same as the Grand Touring MX-5, but it's also much larger than the Miata. The Mustang certainly won't ride or handle like the little roadster, but it offers more standard horsepower, more interior room and more available upgrades.

Used Porsche Boxster -- A 2014-to-2017 Porsche Boxster offers more power and better performance pedigree, plus a quieter and more comfortable cockpit.

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