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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: 5 Reasons to Buy – Video

If you’re looking for information on a newer Mazda MX-5 Miata, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

If you talk to Mazda, they’ll gladly tell you they have the best-selling roadster of all-time. The MX-5 Miata has been around since the late 80’s, and they haven’t lost a step. Check out these five reasons to go with the fun and nimble 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Retractable Fastback

The Miata convertible is still available, but we had the RF version — short for Retractable Fastback. All it takes is a quick 13 seconds to seamlessly power-fold the fastback roof so you can enjoy the weather. See the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata models for sale near you

Efficient Engine

The rear-wheel-drive MX-5 RF returns 33 miles per gallon on the highway with the 6-speed manual, and 35 mpg highway with the paddle shifting automatic. Although the 155 horsepower 4-cylinder isn’t the fastest out there, that doesn’t take away from the thrill and excitement of the drive.

Bold Design

The Miata is attractive in any form (especially in its well-known convertible styling), and the Retractable Fastback is sharp. It has standard LED running lights, LED taillights and 17-inch alloys. There’s also a rear spoiler. Those in need of more performance will want to opt for Brembo front brakes.

Impressive Interior

It’s a bit tighter once seated inside the MX-5, but that’s how you want a roadster to feel. That said, it doesn’t feel cramped like some roadsters can feel. All the detailing inside is impressive, like the comfortable bucket seats — which, if you go for the Grand Touring trim level, will come with leather and heat. The standard list is long and includes push-button start, a 4.6-in LCD display screen, a 7-in full-color touchscreen and a powerful 9-speaker Bose system.

Fun Drive

When you experience the Miata RF on a windy road, you’ll know it’s a very capable roadster. The lightweight and nimble MX-5 also has a near-perfect 50/50 weight balance, perfect for cornering. This roadster also has standard safety, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, which are both nice features to have.

Autotrader Says

We could all use a little excitement added to our drive. Check out the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and see if this fastback has everything you’re looking for.

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