2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Key specs

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The good:

  • Handling
  • Easy top operation
  • Energetic drivetrain
  • Fuel economy

The bad:

  • Steering feedback could be better
  • Seats don't hold you in place
  • Snug cabin and limited legroom

3 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Two-seat rear-wheel-drive roadster
  • 181-hp four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Power-folding retractable hardtop available (RF model)

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is powered by a 181-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. This rear-wheel-drive two-seater comes with a standard manual-folding soft-top, while the nifty but pricey RF model has a power-folding retractable hardtop. The RF gives the Miata the look of a sporty coupe when the top is in place. The MX-5 is built on the same platform as the Fiat 124 Spider, and rivals include the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.

What’s New on the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The high-end Grand Touring trim level gains wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. 

What Features in the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 16-inch black alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Push-button start
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert

Available features include:

  • 17-inch BBS forged wheels
  • Retractable hardtop
  • Limited-slip differential 
  • Bilstein shocks
  • Brembo front brakes
  • Bose premium stereo
  • Recaro sport seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Navigation
  • Automatic air conditioning

Should I Buy the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

If you can afford nearly $28,000 for a highly impractical car, go for it. The MX-5 Miata is thrilling to drive and doesn’t demand much financial outlay when it’s time to refuel. Taller car shoppers, take note: The cabin is a tight fit if you’re above-average height. The trunk is also tiny; a pair of soft-sided bags for a weekend getaway will max it out.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.3
  • Interior design 3.7
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Worth the tradeoffs...

If you’re buying an MX-5 you know what you’re getting into. Is it comfortable? It could be worse, I guess. Is the Mazda infotainment system just about the worst on the market? Absolutely. Is there any interior storage space? Laughable. But will it make you smile every time you get behind the wheel, will you find yourself making excuses to run errands that aren’t necessarily mandatory...yes. Most fun per buck on the planet.


It's a Convertible, what else can I say

fantastic. Fun and best looking car in the area. Get a lot of compliments all the time. Looking forward to the road trip in the mountains or to the beach


Beautiful Car

I finally got the point in my life where I could buy a fun car. I've had 2 Mazda's previously, so choosing a Miata was obvious for me. This car is absolutely gorgeous and fun to drive. I only wish it had a tiny bit more room inside. It's definitely not made for long trips. Not a big deal, but the seats feel cheap for the price of the car. Otherwise, I'm very happy with this car.

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New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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