2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata review

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Mazda MX-5 Miata highlights

Customer rating


  • Remarkably fun to drive
  • Good fuel economy
  • The manual soft top is easy to operate
  • Compliant ride


  • Minimal interior and trunk space
  • Noisy on the highway, even with the roof up

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 34 highway, 29 combined

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What is new for the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

  • The MX-5 Miata is available in a variety of new trims, including the 100th Anniversary and RF 100th Anniversary.
  • The 30th Anniversary and RF 30th Anniversary trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • MX-5 Miata trims have been upgraded with Remote Start, Parking Sensors, and CD Audio as standard equipment this year.
  • The Club trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning, Overhead Airbags, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.
  • The Grand Touring trim now comes with Overhead Airbags, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.
  • The RF Grand Touring trim now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment.
  • The RF Club trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata trims

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Grand Touring:

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RF Club:

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

1. Wide range of trims

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car comes in seven convertible trims, including two special 100-year anniversary editions boasting elegant throwbacks to classic Miata style. It also includes a mix of both traditional convertible and retractable fastback (RF) options, and gives you the choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

This impressive range of options means there is something for every aesthetic. For instance, the entry-level Sport trim has a manual soft top, a seven-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker stereo, and a CD player, while the mid-range Club package adds Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration, plus a BOSE® sound system.

Meanwhile, the 100th Anniversary model pulls out all the stops with leather seats, parking sensors, lane departure warning, and other modern amenities wrapped in a sophisticated package.

2. Peppy engine

All 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata trims come with a 2.0L, 181 horsepower engine. Those specs may appear standard on the surface, but imagine how that will feel when you consider that the 2020 MX-5 weighs in at just 2,350 pounds — lighter than many other sports cars out there. That lower weight also gives it an edge on fuel economy; it gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

Acceleration is also impressive, with the 2020 MX-5 going from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new).

3. It's designed for driver comfort

Miatas may have deceptively small interiors, but they've got everything a driver needs and then some. All trims come with a spacious 43.1 inches of leg room — more than some SUVs — and a comfortable 37.4 inches of headroom. The gearstick, pedals, and dials are all in exactly the right place to offer up a truly engaging driving experience.

4. Good range of infotainment options

Still listen to CDs? Needs handsfree Bluetooth® connectivity? Want to hook up to Apple CarPlay? Need a top-line sound system? There's a 2020 MX-5 for you. Because of the wide range of trims and add-ons, you have the power to choose what kind of audio and navigation features you need from your sports coupe. This means you can soundtrack your next top-down road trip however you wish.

5. It's fun to drive

You can never go wrong with a Miata, but the 2020 MX-5 is especially fun. The classic convertible look combined with tactile steering and rapid response time work together to give you a deeply satisfying ride. That's true on both the automatic and manual models, the latter of which shows off smooth, easy shifting. Whichever you choose, you'll love the low center of gravity and light-on-its-feet feel of the MX-5.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata video review

If you're in the market for a fun driving experience that won't break that bank, then the Mazda MX-5 Miata is the car for you. For over 30 years, Mazda has been cranking out these fun little roadsters, and if you're in the market for a used Miata, Ryan ZumMallen from Edmunds is here to run down what you can expect when it's time to buy one. This is our review of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

The Mazda Miata is a convertible roadster that comes in two roof styles: a classic convertible soft top and a power-folding hard top. The soft top allows for quicker handling, but the hard top offers better security and a quieter interior. The interior of the Miata is small, but the controls are easy to use and reach. However, people over 6 feet tall will most likely find themselves a little squished due to the lack of legroom and headroom. But let's face it, you're not buying the Miata for practicality or road trips.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

4 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Mazda MX-5 Miata an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Mazda MX-5 Miata 9th out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata features and specs

Club 2WD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Manual Transmission
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Soft Top
  • Traction Control
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Navigation System

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 43.1"

Head room

F 37.4"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity



Manual 6

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