Mazda’s 2018 version of the MX-5 Miata RF is set to hit the roads this month.
If you don’t know about the Miata, you should. For nearly two decades the MX-5 has found its way into Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars lists, and The Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson consistently calls it one of the best cars on the road.
In 2017, Mazda brought out the MX-5 RF, with the RF standing for Retractable Fastback. We’re not sure why they called it that since it’s not a fastback, but the roof is retractable in exactly the same way as a hardtop convertible is, so we’ll give Mazda half points for getting one word right. English is an awful language, and the term “fastback” is somewhat archaic anyway.
What is not archaic is the new 2018 Miata RF, which already came with several high-tech solutions in the previous model that have all carried forward to the current one. Technology like Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Mazda's Mazda Connect infotainment center all come standard, along with a seven-inch LCD screen to make you feel like you’re piloting a shuttle in Star Trek.
Returning standard features across all trim levels include Bluetooth, Bose 9 speaker audio, SiriusXM satellite radio with a four-month trial subscription, leather steering wheel and shifter, and LED headlights. The Miata's SKYACTIV®1-G 2.0L 4 banger returns putting out the same 155 horses as it did last year, along with the same 6-speed manual transmission with available 6-speed automatic for those willing to pay extra - a curious reversal on most cars nowadays.
So what’s new for 2018? Well, there’s standard heated seats on both trim levels now, although leather seats will require the Grand Touring version or the available Brembo/BBS performance package on the Club, as well as standard keyless entry. There’s also a few new colors to choose from.
The Miata MX-5 RF Club starts at $31,910, while the Grand Touring trim level starts at $32,750. Available now wherever fine Mazdas are driven away at high speed.