2018 Mazda MX-5 RF Arrives With Modest Updates And $25,295 Starting Price

Mazda has slightly updated the MX-5 RF for the 2018MY, which goes on sale across the United States this month.

The changes include the addition of some standard equipment, such as the keyless entry on all models and heated cloth sport seats in the Club grades. The latter’s Brembo/BBS Package Package now adds heated leather-trimmed seats and new color options as well.

Pricing for the 2018 MX-5 RF starts from $31,910 for the 6-speed manual gearbox version, which is $355 more than the 2017MY, while the automatic carries a $600 premium. The Grand Touring costs $130 more than before and starts at $32,750.

Both the Club and Grand Touring have standard LED headlights, a leather steering wheel and gear shifter knob, an infotainment system with 7-inch display, Bluetooth, and Bose premium sound system. They also get SiriusXM satellite radio with a 4-month trial subscription and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The manual transmission version of the MX-5 RF Club rides on 17-inch dark alloy wheels and benefits from piano black side mirror caps, front air dam and rear spoiler extensions, and rear seat stitching. Choosing the Brembo/BBS package adds different wheels, body sill extensions, rear bumper skirt and black leather seats with heating function.

The range-topping MX-5 RF Grand Touring carries standard Nappa leather, heated leather seats, automatic climate control, navigation system, adaptive automatic headlights with high-beam control, rain-sensing wipers and the Lane Departure Warning System.

All versions of the 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF are powered by the same 2.0-liter engine that makes 155hp (157PS) and 148lb-ft (201Nm) of torque. It returns an EPA-estimated 26/33/29 US mpg (31/40/35 UK mpg / 9/7/8 lt/100 km) in city/highway/combined for the manual transmission, and 26/35/29 US mpg (31/42/35 UK mpg / 9/6.7/8 lt/100 km) for the automatic.

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  • TAKING A LIGHT WEIGHT CONVERTIBLE AND SLAPPING A METAL TOP ON IT MAKES LITTLE SENSE.

    • PhilMcGraw

      It only adds exactly 100 lbs to the overall weight of the vehicle and only alters the center of gravity by .5 inches.

      There are people who may like the Miata but live in colder or rainier environments where it makes more sense to have a metal top than a soft top.

      • willhaven

        And it looks cool.

        • YEAH I DOES LOOK COOL BUT IT SEEMS THAT THE CAR WAS BUILT IN THE VEIN OF THE MG TO BE AS LIGHT AS POSSIBLE.

    • Bo Hanan

      I hate convertibles but like the small size and lightweight of this car. Strangely enough, the only acceptable convertible to me is the Miata. But before the RF I would only consider buying one with a hardtop, which I would never remove.

      • YEAH I’M NOT CRAZY ABOUT CONVERTIBLES EITHER. I DRIVE WITH THE WINDOWS UP AND MAYBE TILT THE TOP FOR FRESH AIR. I DO LIKE THE MERCEDES SL AND ALWAYS IMAGINED THE TOP WOULD BE LOWERED ONLY TO EASE ENTRY/EXIT. I WONDER IF YOU CAN PUT THAT IN YOUR DRIVER’S SETTINGS, TOP DOWN, DOOR CLOSES, TOP UP. THAT WOULD BE COOL.

  • Headline is misleading. It’s the regular MX-5 that starts at $25,295, not the RF. Pls do edit. Thanks.

    • Six_Tymes

      thank you

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I like it; i always did. I just don’t understand why they don’t step up the equines a bit. 180/200 would be more appropriate.

    • willhaven

      Apparently, these engines have very high compression (13:1). Some bolt-ons and an eager tune would probably net some healthy gains. Add E85 and you’ll be able to exploit that 13:1 compression to its fullest potential!

      • Wandering_Spirit

        I have seen some older models tuned with a turbo. Not bad. I was just thinking why doesn’t mazda make a spicier one.

    • paulgdeaton

      They have. They call it a Fiat 124 Abarth”

      • Wandering_Spirit

        Different car. Despite many thinking it’s just a clone with different body and a Fiat badge.

  • fgclolz

    I’ve always wanted a Miata with a fixed roof, ala 86. One can dream…

    • fabri99

      Exactly. Can’t we just get a Miata coupe?

      • Bo Hanan

        Just think how much lighter the RF would be without the mouse-trap roof.
        And for nostalgia sake- can I get an RX8 Rotary engine in that Miata Coupe?

        • fabri99

          Right? Plus coupes always get better structural rigidity and stuff (notice my engineering knowledge) and are therefore better to drive. I’ve read the RF is good, but not better in any way than a normal Miata.

  • JBsC6

    Mx5 RF starts at $25,295 as stated in article title or does it start at …..$31910? Thanks in advance for the clarification of the article title ..nice little value priced sports car that’s pretty.

    I’ve driven the new mx5 as it released a year or two ago while I bought a 1994 mx5 with a low 60k miles on it in mint condition. The new mx5 was a much nicer ride and I enjoyed my 4 month trip down memory lane. I sold my mx5 to the first person to see and test drive the vehicle after four months of ownership for 50 percent more than I paid for it.

    It was a fun little car for the summer with the top down…top up in the fall/winter convinced me to sell the little car and go back to using my corvette z51 everyday.

    I enjoyed and laughed as I first drove the little mx5 but tired of it after a few months.

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