Last month, Mazda confirmed that the 2019 MX-5 Miata will be getting a power boost, which will take the lovable little sports car from 155 to 181 horsepower. In a featherweight like the Miata, that’s going to make a big difference, and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel, wind it up to the 7500-rpm redline, and see exactly how it impacts the driving experience.
Spoiler alert: It’s going to improve it.
And there’s even more good news, in that fuel economy will be even better than the outgoing model. The current version already delivers a respectable 29 combined city and highway**, so it’s not like it was a gas hog to begin with. No numbers were available in the Japanese press release, but it did say “fuel efficiency is also improved.” What’s not to love here?
We’ve had the opportunity to test both the roadster and RF flavors of the current Mazda MX-5, and found them to two of the best driver’s cars on the market today. Here’s what Jeffery N. Ross had to say about the roadster:
The Mazda Miata has stood the test of time outlasting many other small coupes and roadsters that have popped up over the years. With its small yet effective changes, the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata has made the already-exciting Miata ND an even better car whether you’re looking for a fun daily driver, the ultimate track car or just a great weekend cruiser.
Best of all, you’re not going to find another car that is this much fun at such a low price. In base form, the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a starting price of $25,295*, but if you want to get the new red roof or the Recaro seats, the Club trim level is the way to go. Even with the pricey Brembo/BBS Recaro Package, this 2018 Miata Club was still decently affordable with an as-tested price of $35,240.*
So if you can’t wait until next year, head to your local AutoNation Mazda dealer and arrange a test drive — we know you’ll love it.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.