2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

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$35,350

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2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 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)

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2022 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. The base, 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; with the top up, this gives the Miata the look of a sporty coupe. The MX-5 competes with the Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ.

What’s New on the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

A new Kinematic Posture Control system aims to improve cornering performance by selectively applying the inside rear brake in turns.

What Features in the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 16-inch black alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 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 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

If you can afford nearly $29,000 for a highly impractical car, go for it. The MX-5 Miata is thrilling to drive, and it doesn’t demand a big financial outlay when it’s time to refuel. Taller car shoppers, however, 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 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best Miata ever!

Best Miata ever! This RF GT is my fourth Miata and without a doubt it is the best one I have owned. The 181 HP is a definite upgrade from the 155 HP version I had in the 2018 model and overall, it is is smooth and quick in its function. I don't know where Mazda will go from here, but I wanted to make certain to own this naturally aspirated engine version before they moved to a hybrid or some other option. You absolutely won't be disappointed with this model, and I strongly recommend it.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/unlimited distance