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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

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$28,055 — $38,609 NEW and USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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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 legroom
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
  • More active safety features standard
  • Two-seat rear-wheel-drive roadster
  • 181-hp four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Power-folding retractable hardtop available (RF model)

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2020 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. The 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 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

New standard active safety features include low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. The midlevel Club trim now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, while manual-transmission Grand Touring models now have the limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks and a front shock tower brace from the Club trim. A gray soft-top and red Nappa leather interior are also available for the Grand Touring. 

What Features in the 2020 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 every time you get behind the wheel.

Should I Buy the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

If you can afford nearly $28,000 for a highly impractical car, go for it. Your reward will be the enjoyment of driving it.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

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(5.0)

Fun little go kart

by Dan D from Santa Clara on December 14, 2020

This car isn't for everyone. Yes, it is small and has zero cargo storage. That's not what you buy this car for. I'm all smiles while taking every turn on any winding road. It makes me look forward to ... Read full review

(5.0)

Beautiful Car

by Debra B from New Smyrna Beach, Florida on November 4, 2020

This car is so much fun to drive, and it’s well built. The car surpasses vehicles, that cost a lot more. It’s beautiful LOVE LOVE, I constantly get complements on it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 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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