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2020 Mazda Miata
Select a Different Model (10 Available): Club (Auto) Convertible
Fair Market Price $ 34094
Fuel Economy 26 / 35 mpg
Horsepower 181@7,000
Torque 151@4,000
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2020 Mazda Miata MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Pure driving joy, distilled
  • Super-simple soft top operation
  • Good fuel economy

Cons

  • Nervous at the limit
  • Teeny tiny trunk capacity

What's New

  • Standard driver-assist enhancements, new color options, plus technology and performance upgrades comprise updates to the 2020 Mazda Miata.
  • Learn about the updated 2019 Miata's changes here

Overview

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a small two-seat roadster sports car. First introduced in 1989, it's earned iconic status—and over a million sales—through its focus on fun-to-drive dynamics. The current ND generation was introduced for model year 2016 and received a power increase in 2019. As with earlier models a soft-top roadster configuration is standard, but with ND generation a retractable hardtop variant, the Miata RF, was introduced. Either offers sporty dynamics and open-air thrills at a relatively approachable price point.

For 2020, all models are now equipped standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning. Club trim gains standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Grand Touring trim can be finished with a new gray soft top and red leather interior, and models with a manual transmission get a limited-slip differential, front shock tower brace, and sport-tuned suspension. Club and Grand Touring trims get a new dark gray exterior paint option.

What We Think

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is all about making its driver smile. As its third-place finish in our 2015 Best Driver's Car competition proved, numbers aren't what make a sports car great. Instead, the ability to induce joy—especially with the top down—is what's kept the Miata in conversations about the greatest driver's cars over its 30-year history.

In our 2016 Car of the Year evaluations, the Miata earned glowing praise, and not only because it drives fantastically. Its soft top can be opened or closed in less time than it takes to read this sentence. In the Miata RF, it takes the roof 13 seconds to fold, keeping open-air enjoyment accessible.

The power increase that arrived in 2019 was more than welcome but didn't change the Miata's core competencies. Precise steering, balanced handling, flawless shifter, and a communicative chassis make the car literally sensational. However, it's not perfect. Its brakes can fade under heavy use, and a more noticeable concern is a soft suspension setup, which allows too much body roll. That results in some undue limit behavior and occasional encounters with the bump stops, but the tradeoff is a comfortable, compliant ride quality.

Surely, though, the Miata is too small to be a daily driver—right? Not so, as we found out after 15 months with a Miata in our long-term test fleet. In that time, we packed on nearly 36,000 miles between daily commute duties and many long-distance road trips. Tiny cargo capacity can make packing for a journey a challenge, but impressive highway fuel efficiency readies it for long stints on the road. However, cranking the stereo is a must to drown out abundant wind noise.

Complaints about the car—and, often, life in general—fade away as you start to drive. It's just so pure, so simple, and so enjoyable that it makes you question why you'd need anything more from a sports car. Most other performance vehicles on the market pack far more power and higher limits. But few can blur the lines between human and machine in the way the Miata does, solidifying its iconic status among driving enthusiasts.

Performance and Fuel Economy

All 2020 Miata models are rear-wheel drive, with motivation supplied by a 2.0-liter I-4 engine producing 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is available. MotorTrend testing of a manual-transmission MX-5 Miata Club roadster resulted in a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.7 seconds.

Regardless of roof style, fuel economy for the Miata is EPA-rated at 26/34 mpg city/highway for manual transmission models and 26/35 mpg for those with an automatic.

Safety

Standard driver-assist and active safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Miata roadster offers 4.6 cubic feet of cargo volume in its trunk, while the Miata RF has 4.5. Small storage bins between and behind the seatbacks provide a bit more space.

Legroom on both body styles measures 43.1 inches. With the top up, headroom in the Miata roadster measures 37.4 inches and 36.8 inches in the Miata RF. With the top down in either version, headroom measures 97.4 million miles.

Technology

All Miata models are equipped with a 7.0-inch infotainment screen controllable by touch, voice, or a dial behind the shifter. A USB port and auxiliary input jack are included. On Club trim and above, it gains a second USB port plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and GPS navigation on Grand Touring trim. RF models get a 4.6-inch color gauge cluster information display. A six-speaker audio system is standard, while a nine-speaker setup is included on Club and Grand Touring trims.

Trim Levels

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport: Entry-level Miata trim is only available on the soft-top roadster. Outside, it gets 16-inch black-painted alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, black caps for the power side mirrors, and a black cloth convertible top. The interior has manually adjustable cloth-trimmed seats, with leather wrapping the steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake handle. Like all others, Sport trim has a 7.0-inch infotainment screen. Convenience features include cruise control, keyless entry and push-button ignition, power windows, and sun visor vanity mirrors.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: Club is the mid-range trim for Miata roadsters, and the entry-level trim for RF models. It gets 17-inch black-painted alloy wheels, LED running lights in the headlights, and a black front air dam and rear spoiler. Inside, it gets heated seats with red contrast stitching and body-color trim on the upper door panels. Technology is upgraded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a second USB port, and premium audio system.

Sporty reflexes are enhanced on manual transmission-equipped Club models by way of a front shock tower brace, Bilstein dampers, and limited-slip differential. Additionally, an optional package adds Brembo front brakes and 17-inch BBS wheels, along with exterior aerodynamic elements. Recaro sport bucket seats are also available.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring: The range-topping Grand Touring trim, available on roadster and RF body styles, adds premium niceties to the Miata. On the exterior, these include 17-inch silver alloy wheels, adaptive headlights with auto on/off functionality and auto high beams, body-color caps for the heated side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The interior gets leather seating upholstery, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and GPS navigation loaded on the infotainment system.

For 2020, Grand Touring models equipped with a manual transmission receive the front shock tower brace, Bilstein dampers, and limited-slip differential previously reserved for Club trim Miatas.

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2020 MAZDA MIATA SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter SKYACTIV-G®
Transmission Name
Transmission, 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
Club (Auto) Convertible
Class
Convertible
Horsepower
181@7,000
Standard MPG
26/35
Body Style
Convertible
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
2/2
Package Invoice Retail

Appearance Package (PIO)

$640 $800

Interior Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: includes Red Engine Oil Cap w/ MX-5 Logo, Stainless Steel Door Sill Trim Plates; Pedals, Sports
$340 $425

Weather Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber
$120 $150

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter SKYACTIV-G®

Std Std

6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Std Std

Arctic White

N/C N/C

Jet Black

N/C N/C

Machine Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Polymetal Gray

N/C N/C

Soul Red Crystal Metallic

N/C N/C

4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

$40 $50

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Media Control with Wheel, Touch Screen

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch with Wheel

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Front(1)

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System With Micro Filter

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Mazda Connect, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.583

Std Std

Electrical System, 12v

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Rear-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Roof, Black Cloth Soft Top

N/C N/C

Roof, Soft Top with Glass Rear Window

Std Std

Spoiler, Trunk/Hatch

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

All Weather Floor Mats (PIO)

$72 $90

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Door Sill Trim Plates (PIO)

$120 $150

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [1WP] Weather Package (PIO)
Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Piano Black On Instrument Panel ; Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob ; Synthetic Leather On Console; Painted Body Colour On Doors

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Interior Lighting Kit (PIO)

$280 $350

LED Lights: High Beams, Daytime Running Lights, Rear Lights, Brake Lights, Low Beams

Std Std

Toned Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Machine Gray Paint

$258 $300

Metallic

Std Std

Soul Red Crystal Paint

$511 $595

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 4

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Smart City Brake Support (Scbs)

Std Std

Dynamic Stability Control (Dsc)

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Headlights, LED

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear View Camera

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, (RCTA) Radar

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Dual Front Heated Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Cloth with Silver Stitching NJ2

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Cloth with Silver Stitching NJ3

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Cloth with Silver Stitching NK1

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Cloth with Silver Stitching NK5

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Cloth with Silver Stitching NL0

N/C N/C

Seating, 2

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Nine Bose® Speakers Subwoofer

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Front Wishbone/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Bridgestone P205/45ZR17 Summer

Std Std

17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$52 $65
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 63 Months - Mazda announces APR rates on select models. 06-01-2020
$500 Mazda announces a College Graduate offer on select models that are financed or leased through MFS. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2020
$1000 Mazda announces an APR Cash offer. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2020
$500 Mazda announces a Bonus Cash offer for active duty Military personnel. 06-30-2020
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Mazda announces APR rates on select models. 06-01-2020