The Mazda MX-5 Miata was introduced in 1989 and has been loved by drivers around the globe. For 2020, this iconic sports car will continue to be a beloved icon. The Miata’s chassis is fun, the engine is responsive, and the standard manual transmission is easy to use. The 2020 Mazdaiata’s analogic design is what makes it so enjoyable in today’s age of SUVs and computer-controlled cars. It’s not practical, but it offers the most thrilling four-wheeled thrill ride you can find.
What’s new for 2020?
Mazda has made a few small changes to its iconic sports car for 2020. These include a new keyfob and updated badging fonts, as well as new interior and exterior colours. The Miata comes with Mazda’s iActivsense suite, which includes driver-assistance features such as forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking. It also has blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available on Club and Grand Touring models. Grand Touring, the top-of-the line trim, inherits the Club model’s sport suspension and limited slip rear differential. Mazda celebrates its centennial with the 100th Anniversary Edition, the iconic sports car. Grand Touring models will receive the 100th Anniversary Edition with either the soft-top standard or optional power hardtop.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The Club trim, mid-range, has the best combination of performance and features. It also comes standard with Apple CarPlay integration and Android Auto integration. The Miata can be fitted with an automatic transmission but we prefer it to be equipped with the fun and responsive six-speed manual. We are divided on the question of the convertible versus hardtop RF models so we will leave that to you.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
The Miata’s engine revs enthusiastically and can deliver a powerful acceleration. The manual transmission is direct and easy to use, allowing you to explore the engine’s high-revving nature. The optional automatic also impresses with its quick shifts and sporty programming. In our testing, the softtop model went from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The hardtop RF model took 5.8 seconds. Miatas are stable and can become bouncy if they have to drive over several bumps at once. Although the Club’s mid-level shocks and springs provide the most rigid ride, no Miata rides poorly. The Miata handles well and changes its direction quickly. The light, tactile steering is a highlight for us. It responds quickly and keeps the driver updated on what the front tires do. It is fun, pure and simple.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
Another “W” is added to the Miata’s column because of its light weight. The 2.0-liter engine is small enough to carry around and has a high EPA fuel economy. It also outperforms other engines in real life. A softtop Grand Touring model was able to achieve 36 mpg while a hardtop RF Club achieved 37 mpg. Both were equipped with Mazda’s six-speed manual transmission.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
A Miata is not something you sit in, but rather something you wear. The cabin can accommodate two adults comfortably and has only the essentials. Some might consider the interior bare-bones. However, we appreciate the orderly prioritization of pedals and shifters, as well as the simple accommodations. The Miata has very few storage spaces, and a small trunk that makes it difficult to transport personal items. Despite its Lilliputian dimensions, the Miata is not practical. The trunk can hold enough stuff to carry two people for a weekend, even if you’re packing light. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins are far more spacious than the Miata in terms of cargo space. Their folding rear seats enable owners to transport up to four full-size tires and wheels (for example, for a track day).
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Miata has a touchscreen infotainment screen that’s easy to use thanks to the control knob and buttons in the middle console. Bluetooth connectivity is standard on every Miata. This includes streaming-audio and phone functions, as well as a CD player. The Grand Touring has navigation, and Club models have it as an accessory. It can be added via a Mazda SD Card. HD radio compatibility is also included. Both the Club and Grand Touring models come standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.