2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata First Drive: Positive Change for a Price

For the 2019 model year, the Mazda MX-5 Miata gets a significant refresh, so we're gonna see changes to the features, changes to available safety equipment, but mostly there are changes under the hood.

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First of all, there's a brand-new package for Grand Touring models, and that would be both the RF Club and soft-top Grand Touring — the GT-S Package. What it does is take the go-fast parts from the Club and adds them to the GT package. So now you can get a "luxurious" Miata but also have a limited-slip differential, the Bilstein shocks and the reinforced shock towers that you would find on the Club vehicles, and you can also get those now on GT models if you want your GT to be a little more sporty.

The second big change is available safety equipment. Mazda will now offer Smart City Brake Support, which is a fancy way of saying automatic forward emergency braking, as well as traffic-sign recognition, so add that onto blind spot warnings and lane departure warnings and it gives the Miata a bit more of a comprehensive safety package. A backup camera is also now standard across all trim levels; that's also a welcome addition because with the top up, it's kind of hard to see out of the back of this car still.

Get more of my impressions from Cars.com's First Drive of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata by watching the video above.

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