2018 Mazda MX-5-RF
Why Buy the Mazda MX-5?
There are only two reasons to buy the Mazda MX-5 Miata: how it looks and how it moves. I mean, it’s not a practical car by any stretch. But take comfort knowing that it’s one of the few sporty roadsters that won’t break the bank. If you’re a fan, you’ll be happy to hear that the 2018 model continues to be one of the most affordable roadsters on the market. Where else can you get a vehicle that goes 0 to 60 in less than six seconds?
Unlike most sports cars, the Miata gets its power not just from a mighty revving engine, but in its design. Its lightweight frame is part of its appeal and helps keep the car moving. On top of that, it’s got a sporty suspension, nimble handling, and a precise manual transmission. For 2018, there’s a new red softtop cover, new exterior colors, and some minor improvements to the rear suspension and electric power steering. Even with the improvements, you’re still only looking at a $26,185 price tag for the base model.
Which MX-5 is Best?
With the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, you have your choice of Sport, Club, or Grand Touring. What’s the difference? It’s largely one of how many tech and safety options you want installed in the same great car. But there’s the choice of powertrain. With the base Sport, you get a manual transmission while the Club and Grand Touring trims gives you a choice between manual and automatic. Once upon a time, an automatic Miata might have sounded like a terrible idea, but Mazda has made great strides and offers one with a combination six-speed and paddle-shifter.
Is the MX-5 Reliable?
With its relatively simpler engine, the MX-5 Miata is the most reliable sports car. Period. When you compare it with all new cars, it has an average reliability, which is a far better ranking than its rivals.
What is the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?
The RF model replaces the conventional Miata softtop with a folding roof. Like something out of a Transformers film, the fastback lifts up so the roof can slide under it and out of the way, and then the fastback goes back into place, leaving the driver and passenger with an open-air ride. It’s fun to see this mechanism in action, and it certainly beats removing a softtop.