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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

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$32,345 — $37,595 MSRP
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Convertible
2 Seats
29 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Styling
  • Handling
  • Easy top operation
  • Drivetrain

The Bad

  • Steering feedback could be better
  • Seats don't hold you in place
  • Passenger's legroom
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
  • Two-seat rear-wheel-drive roadster
  • New 181-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking available
  • Power-folding retractable hardtop available (RF model)

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

Now in its fourth generation, 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 an optional six-speed automatic transmission. This rear-wheel-drive two-seater comes with a standard manual-folding soft-top; a nifty but pricey RF model has a power-folding retractable hardtop. The MX-5 is built on the same platform as the Fiat 124 Spider, and other rivals include the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.

What's New on the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

Horsepower jumps to 181 from 155 hp thanks to several internal changes to the engine and revisions to the exhaust system. Torque is up by 3 pounds-feet to 151. A new backup camera is standard, along with a telescoping steering column. New options include a brown canvas soft-top, metallic black 17-inch wheels, traffic sign recognition and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

What Features in the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Are Most Important?

The MX-5 Miata's most important features are the kind you can't check off on a list of specs: seductive looks, brisk acceleration, crisp handling, a convertible top that's easy to fold and raise and the ability to make you smile just about every time you get behind the wheel.

Should I Buy the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

If you can afford nearly $27,000 for a highly impractical car, go for it. Your reward will be the enjoyment of driving it.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

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(5.0)

30 Year Anniversary MX5

by Mikebtal from Brewster, NY on September 23, 2019

This car is so cool. Can’t wait to drive it everyday. So much fun. The only thing negative has nothing to do with Mazda but the Apple play stinks. Read full review

(5.0)

One of the most fun cars I've owned

by Tman from Clarkesville. Georgia on September 17, 2019

This is my 3rd Miata. Loved the hardtop/convertible idea. Plenty of power. Love the 6-speed manual transmission. All the safety/electronic gadgets took me awhile (I'm 72) for conquer, but I'm getting ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MX-5 Miata RF received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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