There was a lot of pressure on Mazda to deliver when it redesigned the MX-5 for the 2015 model year. After all, there’s a lot on the line when you decide to update the most popular sports car of all time. Fortunately, the engineers came through in a big way, and the fourth-generation has been universally lauded. But as we’ve been reporting, the wizards at Mazda weren’t content to leave well enough alone, and the mid-cycle refresh is packing some serious punch.
Most importantly, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF will go from 155 to 181 ponies, which a significant bump in such a featherweight contender. And despite the increase, the pluckier new models will get a bump in fuel efficiency too, though at this point, we don’t know exactly how much. In the creature comfort department, there’s also a new telescoping steering wheel and rear-view camera. So just how much is all this going to cost?
The best part is, not much. The popular Club trim level will start at $33,240, which is up $435, and the Grand Touring trim will increase $585, to a still-reasonable $34,230. As it should be, an automatic transmission is a cost option on both versions, and will run $600 on the Club and $1075 on the Grand Touring, but since this is a car which begs for a manual transmission, that shouldn’t worry any buyers. You can save your pennies while saving the manuals — what’s not to love?
Opting for the stick also means you can check the boxes for the Brembo/BBS Package ($3,770), which adds beefier brakes and wheels, or the Brembo/BBS/Recaro Package ($4,670), which adds wheels, brakes, and bolstered racing style seats to the cabin. The Auburn Nappa Leather Package is a bargain at $300, but is only available on Grand Touring models.
No pricing has been released for the roadster model as of yet, but we expect it to be in line with the RF model. We’re sure to have more info on the RF before it hits your local AutoNation Mazda dealer, so stay tuned!