Life Looks Good Behind The Wheel Of A Mazda MX-5 RF

Of course, it’s not a Porsche 911 Targa, but the Mazda MX-5 RF only costs a fraction of that car, and don’t forget, it’s based on the most popular roadster ever.

The RF comes with a complicated folding hardtop, which works at speeds of up to 6mph (10km/h), and takes 12 seconds to operate, at the touch of a button. Once lowered, it’s not hard to see why this version of the MX-5 is favored over the regular one by some of the brand’s fans – just look at it.

And with 155 horses and 148 pound-feet (201Nm) of torque, produced by the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine, it’s not exactly slow either, as it needs a respectable 6.4 seconds to accelerate from naught to 60mph (96km/h), channeling output to the rear wheels through either a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.

The Mazda MX-5 RF seen here has a stick shift, and weirdly, it’s not a dealer or a press car. In fact, the person whose name is written on the papers is the reviewer’s mother, who went for the Club grade, which starts at $31,555, to which she added a few options, such as the Soul Red Metallic paint, Brembo package, BBS alloy wheels, Aero kit, and keyless entry.

So does the son approve of his mother’s choice? There’s only one way to find out, and it includes checking out a POV review of the car.

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  • Krisnadi Imam

    i managed to sit on one… man it was tight… and im only 170cm, and not overweight. when the roof is up, its dificult to get in and out of the car. when the roof is down i need to crawl my way out of the car… i think mx5 would be just fine if it has just few more centimetres in all direction.

    • Aquaflex

      I agree! Hopefully Honda is working on the next generation S2000!

    • SteersUright

      Felt the exact same. I think on an isolated road or track the tiny-ness allows the car to shrink-wrap around you which is very welcome. But used as a car on regular roads it feel almost scarily small at a red light next to, well, almost any other car. And getting in and out is definitely a bit awkward.
      However, this is almost a second car consideration, like a Cayman or Boxster. A weekend toy like those only at 1/3 the price, so thats pretty remarkable. Disclosure: I have a Cayman 2014 at the moment.
      One nearly deal-breaker issue I have with the MX5 (and many others): engine note. The engine is the soul of any sports car and this one’s song does not thrill, give goosebumps, and force an ear-to-ear smile. Its effective, but not thrilling or lovable. I went with the base Cayman because, well, have you heard a redlining Porsche flat6?? I’d put Porsche flat6’s in almost every other car if I could, including all of their own other models. Why no GT3 Flat 6 in the Panamera or Macan? Why no turbo flat6 in those cars? Would’ve imbued them with a Porsche soul! lol. Went off topic, sorry.

      • Krisnadi Imam

        eh, no worries, my qualms with that kind of cars are… let say your butt itch halfway, and u dont have enough space to move around to scratch it. or say it was a really2 hot day and u kinda sweat, just think of how uncomfortable it would be with everything so tight and u barely have space. i haven’t drive a cayman, but i have sat on one. that car is way more comfortable than the miata, I guess the price wont lie. but imho, why cant they build a car halfway between the miata and the cayman? brz? well it needs 40 more hp. or just bring back the s2000 and add adjustable steering position. yes Porsche boxer 6 is awesome and yes miata sounds very unexciting, heck, a well tuned corolla (with hks) sounds better imho.

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