On Sale: Now
What’s it: A hardtop/targa/fastback model of the amusing MX-5 for many who aren’t right into a devoted soft-top convertible. The MX-5 RF replaces the previous Energy Retractable Exhausting High (PRHT) Miata with a much less open however sportier-looking different for the fourth-generation automotive.
Key Rivals: Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86, Fiat 124 Spider
Base Worth: $33,455 As-Examined Worth: $33,885
Highlights: The Mazda MX-5 RF’s retractable hardtop makes for a extra smart Miata with out dropping any of the convertible’s sharp reflexes and pure driving expertise.
Gallery: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF first drive inside
Our Opinion: The Miata is every little thing you need from an outdated British sports activities automotive, however with none of the issues of proudly owning stated British tin. When you may not get as many thumbs-ups or hear as many conflict tales in a Miata as you’ll in a Lotus Elan, you at the least know you’re not going to must name your boss on Tuesday as a result of it’s raining and your automotive received’t begin.
After all, that’s been the attraction of the Miata for the reason that automotive’s inception within the late 1980s. What’s good with the most recent iteration of Mazda’s roadster is the retractable targa high. Not like the earlier technology of retractable hardtop Miatas, this doesn’t look something just like the stick-on hardtop that you just’ll see on a roadster, however the construction would not fold fully, both — you both have a closed coupe or a targa fastback that appears a little bit like an Alfa Romeo 4C.
The hardtop is noticeably higher than the roadster is noise and feels extra refined than the gentle high roadster. Wind noise is just about nonexistent with the home windows up — a trait that may’t be echoed with the roadster. Working the highest can also be even simpler than the piece of canvas masking the common MX-5, however solely as a result of the highest disappears with the contact of a button.
Other than the highest, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is completely Miata. Porsche may pay attention to how the short-throw shifter fortunately clicks into place — providing you with all of the suggestions you’d ever need from a gear change. The steering is gentle, too, however not annoying — you continue to get enter again by the steering wheel from the entrance rubber. The suspension is gentle sufficient to drive round pothole-riddled streets with out wincing the night time away.
In comparison with the completely fixed-top Toyota 86, the retractable Miata hits a number of of the identical notes, with much less energy, much less inside room and extra open-air enjoyable. The one motive to stroll previous the Miata RF is to climb into a daily roadster.
On Sale: Now
Base Worth: $33,455
As Examined Worth: $33,885
Drivetrain: 2.Zero-liter DOHC I4, RWD, six-speed guide
Output: 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 148 lb-ft @ four,600 rpm
Curb Weight: 2,445 lb
Gas Financial system: 26/33/29(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)
Choices: Grey paint ($300); Keyless entry system ($130)
Professionals: All of the enjoyable of a Miata with extra climate safety
Cons: Nasty blind spots; feels even smaller than a daily Miata