2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Boasts Modest Changes And Lower Prices

Mazda has announced a series of updates to the 2018 MX-5 Miata.

Set to go on sale next month, the 2018 MX-5 features a handful of exterior changes including a newly available Dark Cherry soft top. The model also has an expanded color palette that now includes Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica, and Soul Red Crystal.

The entry-level MX-5 Sport starts at $25,295 and the model gains a newly standard passive entry system and a 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system.

The $29,155 MX-5 Club now has heated cloth seats with red contrast stitching. The car’s $3,770 Brembo/BBS Package gains heated black leather seats while there’s an all-new Brembo/BBS Recaro Package that costs $4,470 and includes Recaro sport seats.

The MX-5 Grand Touring starts at $30,195 and the only change is the addition of newly optional Auburn Nappa leather upholstery which costs $300.

On the performance front, the cars have been equipped with a retuned power steering system and a revised rear suspension. Mazda says these changes “provide an even more surefooted ride.”

Power is provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 hp (115 kW). It sends power to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

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  • Mark S

    Needs a Turbo.

    • Rot

      nooooooooo

    • Deckard_Cain

      Go for the 124 Spider.

    • BBR makes them in UK, And it has it’s own warranty too.

      Back in the 90s they were commissioned by Mazda UK to create NA Turbo for Le Mans anniversary. And remained one of the “official” Turbo MX-5.

    • Grumpy

      Needs a V8

      • Flyin Miata then? Nothing more American than V8 in small cars.

    • Taegon Lewis

      Needs a Yamaha cross-plane crank swap. And, here’s how to do it:

      STEP 1: Get a Miata (doesn’t matter, which generation.)

      STEP 2: Get Yamaha R1 engine (Must have a cross-plane crank.)

      STEP 3: Remove Miata’s stock engine.

      STEP 4: Modify R1 engine, inside Miata.

      STEP 5: ???

      STEP 6: Profit!

      • SteersUright

        STEP 1: Get R1 engine and add tiny supercharger
        STEP 2: replace Miata engine with supercharged R1 engine
        STEP 3: have the coolest Miata ever

  • jsz00

    Does it still have body roll like the Camry I had in the 90s?

    • Bill Nguyen

      I know you’re joking, but the body roll in a Miata just adds to the fun!

    • smartacus

      Yes, the answer is yes.
      i drove one last month.
      She rolls. But she also
      swings the tail right out.

  • Knotmyrealname

    They’re saving the matching body colour bumpers until the next model.

  • WTF

    its still amazing how this car is a lot faster than a BRZ…….with so little power maybe Toyota should have partnered with Mazda

    • LeStori

      Weight plays a big part.

      Mazda approx 1060 kg
      Toyota ’86 over 1200kg.

      Turn the Mazda into a 2 +2 and watch it slow down.

    • Mill0048

      “A lot faster”? Car and Driver shows Miata Club is 0.1 seconds faster in 0-60, 0.6 seconds quicker in 5-60, and has an identical quarter mile time, but the BRZ traps the quarter 1 mph higher and is 1.1 seconds quicker around VIR than a Miata Club. Miata RF is a few ticks slower in most measurements.

      Yes, with an automatic, the BRZ painfully slower than a 287hp minivan. Miata and BRZ are both excellent cars. No need to hate and spread mis-information.

    • SteersUright

      True. But, power to weight. BRZ needed to be better in that dept.

  • SteersUright

    What a pretty little car. But the cramped interior, very excessive interior noise and somewhat generic 4-cyl engine note left me wanting more for my $30k. It truly drives amazing, like a go-kart. But me and my $30k would like to see a fruitier engine sound (think 500 Abarth, Alfa 4c, etc) and touch more refinement for daily use, oh and about 40 more hp with a 9k rpm redline :). Whatever, its xmas eve, I can ask Santa for whatever I want.

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