2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

154.1” x 49”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Styling
  • Handling
  • Easy top operation
  • Drivetrain

The bad:

  • Steering feedback could be better
  • Seats don't hold you in place
  • Passenger legroom

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • 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)

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 5.0
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Most recent consumer reviews


Most entertaining car I’ve ever owned!

I love this car! We have wanted a two seat convertible for some time and this MX-5 fits our needs perfectly. We are so glad we chose the RF model as the targa roof gives you the convertible option with very little wind buffeting. The handling is a blast, kind of like driving a go-cart!


Fun to drive

A lot of fun driving this car, super fast and stylish. I expect to have a great summer experience driving everywhere on this convertible. ;-)


Fun car to drive around

If you do not need a lot room...this car is great. It’s super fun to drive. The soft to- comfortable is great to drive with the top up or down. Awesome stereo too.

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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/unlimited distance

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