The all-new 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata preserves the model’s technology and safety features, an affordable character, and a smooth ride. Its highlights include a reasonable pricing, a user-friendly manual soft top, a sublime manual transmission system, and a spirited performance. Its release date should be expected before this fall, according to credible sources privy to Mazda’s operations.
The vehicle undoubtedly opens a new chapter for Mazda’s legendary roadster in rare fashion. As is the norm in most cases, a redesigned model gains some weight usually as a result of the added sophistication, but this vehicle defies all odds and actually sheds an impressive 200 pounds of weight over the existing model. And despite ingesting the slimming pills, the vehicle still packs some of the latest equipment and technologies, including an upscale 7” display.
The adverts making news aren’t just hype, as the redesigned 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is as good as displayed. Just as the Miatas prior to it, it still manages to keep focused even when the road gets a little bit twisty. Additionally, the robust engine beneath its skin provides enough power to keep the good times rolling. The enthusiasm with which it rides and turns is rivalled by very few vehicles in its class.
Since the vehicle is speed-oriented, there are a few compromises which you have to make whenever you drive the Miata. For instance, both the cabin and the trunk capacity are minimal. Also, the engine noise can be irritating at times especially if you go past the 6,000 rpm.
However, if you are shopping in the two-seat convertible segment, there are a few alternatives available although the only game in town can only be provided by the “A” rated Miata. The alternatives include the Mini Cooper convertible and the 2018 Nissan 370Z Roadster.
Exterior Colors & Interior Review – 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The roadster is available in three trims: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring.
Standard features available for the base 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, cruise control, power accessories, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, push-button ignition, air-conditioning, LED taillights and headlights, a manually retractable black soft top with a rear glass window, and a 16” alloy wheels.
Picking the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club should get you Pandora/Stitcher/Aha internet radio, voice controls, an auxiliary audio jack, Bose audio system, upgraded interior trim, red interior stitching, piano-black mirror covers and roll hoops, a rear lip spoiler, a sport front fascia, summer performance tires, 17” wheels, engine sound enhancer, limited slip differential, a shock-tower brace, Bilstein shock absorbers, and a sport tuned suspension.
The hard top 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring with a manual transmission system comes with lane departure warning system, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot warning system, a navigations system, automatic climate control, heated seats, leather upholstery, a cloth-lined top, automatic wipers, body-color mirror covers, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic high-beam control, adaptive LED headlights, and performance upgrades.
The automatic equipped Grand Touring comes equipped with keyless entry and ignition, and LED daylight running lights.
Stand-alone options include the keyless entry and ignition, an aerodynamic kit, Brembo front brakes, 17” forged BBS wheels, and exterior heated mirrors.
Exterior colors include Ceramic Metallic, Soul Red Metallic, Artic White, and Jet Black Mica.
Engine Specs – 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata launch Edition trim derives its inspiration from a 2L 4-cy engine good for 148 pounds of torque and 155 horsepower. The manual transmission system is provided as the standard transmission system, while the six-speed automatic comes optional.
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club trim during our test drive was able to dash from 0-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, which is quicker than the previous model which clocked 5.8 seconds over the same distance.
The fuel economy ratings as provided by EPA for the manual-equipped trims stand at 27/34/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and rises to 27/36/30 mpg with the automatic.
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Price & Release Date
Buyers should expect the base Mazda MX-5 Miata 2018 to set them back by an MSRP starting from $24,915, and up to $30,065 for the top-of-the-range Grand Touring trim. As pertains its release date, the available data indicates that the vehicle will be available for sale before this fall.
You can check the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata First Look Video for a quick summary of what to expect.