2020 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA – Since its introduction in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been loved by drivers around the world, and by 2020 this automotive icon remains the focused sports car we love. Its chassis is playful, its engine is eager to rev, and its standard manual transmission is a pleasure to use. Perhaps the most pleasant thing about the 2020 Miata is how analog it looks in the era of computer-controlled cars and SUVs. While not a practical option, it represents the best and most affordable four-wheel drive on this side of a kart.
Mazda has given its signature sports car a smattering of small updates by 2020, including a new keychain, updated badging font, and new interior and exterior colors. More importantly, the Miata receives the Mazda i-Activsense suite of serial driver assistance features; Package includes frontal collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. The capacity of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard on Club and Grand Touring models. The high-end Grand Touring finish inherits the sports suspension and the limited-slip rear differential of the Club model.
> Sport: $ 27,500
> Club: $ 31,210
> Grand Touring: $ 32,590
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Do not sit on a Miata as much as you use it. The cabin is a cozy setting for two adults and includes only the essentials. While some could categorize the interior as a spare, the half-full glass types (we) appreciate the commercial prioritization of the steering wheel, the pedals and the changing table and the refreshingly basic housings. With few storage cubicles, not to mention a small trunk, the Miata barely recognizes the need to bring their personal effects. On the other hand, its Lilliputian dimensions make few promises in the way of practicality. If you pack lightly, the trunk can accommodate the value of a weekend of things for two. Meanwhile, the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 twins absolutely crush the Miata when it comes to cargo space; its folding rear seats allow owners to transport up to four wheels and full-size tires (for example, a track day) between the trunk and the cabin.
Infotainment and connectivity
The Miata has an infotainment system with a touch screen that is improved with an easily accessible control knob and hard buttons on the center console. Each Miata comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity (for both phone and streaming audio functions), as well as a CD player. Navigation is standard in the Grand Touring and an accessory installed by the distributor in Club models, added through a Mazda SD card. HD radio compatibility is also included. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on Club and Grand Touring models.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The Miata’s engine accelerates with enthusiasm and is powerful enough to offer agitation acceleration. Exploring the high-revving personality of the engine is encouraged by direct manual transmission and easy to change. Even optional automatic prints, with quick changes and sports programming. The softtop model ran from zero to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds in our tests; the slightly heavier RF hardtop model needed 5.8. Miatas ride firmly and can get inflatable when driving over a rapid succession of potholes. The firmer shock absorbers and springs of the mid-level Club return the stiffer ride of the line, although no Miata is badly mounted. The handling is anxious, and the Miata changes direction quickly. We especially enjoy the light and tactile direction; Respond immediately and keep the driver informed of what the front tires are doing. This is a fun car, plain and simple.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
Chalk another “W” in the Miata column for its light weight. With such a small amount of cars to transport, the 2.0-liter engine handles relatively high numbers of EPA fuel economy and surpasses them in the real world. On our 200-mile road fuel economy test route, a Grand Touring softtop model delivered 36 mpg and an RF Club hardtop congestion 37 mpg, both equipped with Mazda’s excellent six-speed manual transmission.
Safety features and driver assistance
Since neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) has tested the Miata, its crash domain is unknown. Miata driver assistance features are all standard. Key security features include:
> Standard automated emergency brake with frontal collision warning.
> Standard blind spot monitoring with handover traffic alert.
> Standard Lane Departure Warning.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
In this class, the warranty coverage is medium, although it is worth noting that the Miata’s twin, the Fiat 124 Spider, has a longer limited warranty and an additional year of roadside assistance.
> The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles.
> The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles.
> No free scheduled maintenance.