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5 Things About The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata on Everyman Driver

The Windy City has always been the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s second home, serving as the launch pad for its world debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show and the site of numerous MX-5 “firsts.” This year, it’s where Mazda announces pricing and packaging for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, or retractable fastback. The MX-5 RF complements Mazda’s sports car lineup with classic coupe proportions that elevate both its cache and curb appeal.

Entering into its second model year, the award-winning MX-5 RF receives some notable upgrades, including newly standard heated cloth sport seats in MX-5 Club models, standard Advanced Keyless Entry on all models, new color options and heated leather-trimmed seats in MX-5 RF Club’s Brembo/BBS Package.

Both MX-5 Club and MX-5 Grand Touring models come well-appointed with standard LED headlights, MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment technologies with a 7-inch display, two USB inputs for connectivity and phone charging, Bluetooth, BOSE® Premium 9-speaker audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio with a 4-month trial subscription, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and a leather steering wheel and shifter knob, among many other features.

NEW FOR 2018:

  • The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata soft top offers a variety of new color choices, with an available Dark Cherry soft top; Auburn Nappa leather interior; and Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic premium exterior paint options
  • MX-5 Club with Brembo/BBS Package adds heated, black, leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated, RECARO sport seats headline new Brembo/BBS RECARO Package
  • MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment system standard on MX-5 Sport
  • 2018 MX-5 soft top goes on sale nationwide beginning January 2018 with a starting MSRP of $25,295

The 2018 MX-5 RF Club, when equipped with a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, features a limited-slip rear differential, a front shock-tower brace and Bilstein dampers. All MX-5 RF Club models come standard with 17-inch dark alloy wheels, piano black exterior mirror caps, front air dam and rear spoiler extensions and red seat stitching. The available Brembo/BBS package includes forged, lightweight BBS wheels; body sill extensions; a rear bumper skirt; and heated black, leather-trimmed sport seats.

The more luxurious MX-5 Grand Touring is equipped with body-color exterior mirrors, automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, heated leather seats, navigation, Adaptive Front-lighting System, High Beam Control and Lane-Departure Warning System. Newly available for 2018 is Auburn Nappa leather, which was previously only available in the U.S. in MX-5 RF Launch Edition models.

All MX-5s come powered by a quick-revving SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine, sending up to 155 horsepower to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or 6-speed automatic. New color options include Eternal Blue Mica, which replaces Blue Reflex Mica; Snowflake White Pearl Mica, which replaces Crystal White Pearl Mica; and Soul Red Crystal, which replaces Soul Red Metallic.

MSRP[1] for both the 2018 MX-5 soft top and MX-5 RF are listed below:

MX-5 Soft Top 6MT MX-5 Soft Top 6AT MX-5 RF 6MT MX-5 6AT
MX-5 Sport $25,295 $26,645 N/A  N/A
MX-5 Club $29,155 $29,755 $31,910 $32,510
MX-5 Clubwith Brembo/BBS Package $32,925 N/A $35,680  N/A
MX-5 ClubBrembo/BBS/ Recaro Package $33,625 N/A N/A N/A
MX-5 Grand Touring $30,195 $31,270 $32,750 $33,825
MX-5 Grand Touring with Auburn Nappa Leather $30,495 $31,570 $33,050 $34,125


Premium paint colors:

Soul Red Crystal $595
Machine Gray Metallic $300
Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200


For 2018, customers will have the option to choose between a new Dark Cherry or Black soft top. Additionally, an Auburn-colored interior and Nappa leather seating surfaces are available in MX-5 Grand Touring models, which was previously only offered in the MX-5 RF Launch Edition.

While MX-5 is already known for its handling prowess, the soft top’s rear suspension and power steering have been retuned to provide an even more surefooted ride. These improvements also help suppress unwanted cabin noise.

As in the past, there’s an MX-5 for every kind of customer with three trim levels available. The entry-level MX-5 Sport represents the purest distillation of the MX-5 formula, while MX-5 Club is harder-edged, and MX-5 Grand Touring represents the most sophisticated option.

For 2018, MX-5 Sport adds a newly standard MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment system with 7-inch full-color touchscreen display, multi-function Commander and HD Radio connectivity. Additional features in the MX-5 Sport include LED headlights and tail lights, cloth bucket seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming, dual cupholders and one USB port to interface with the audio system. Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry is also newly standard on all models, as it was previously an option on manual-transmission-equipped models.

MX-5 Club introduces newly heated cloth seats with red stitching, and it also comes standard with 17-inch dark gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, a BOSE® 9-speaker Premium audio system, including driver and passenger headrest speakers. MX-5 Club’s upgrades over MX-5 Sport include two USB ports and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Models equipped with the six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission feature Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential and a shock tower brace.

Available for MX-5 Club models is the Brembo/BBS Package, which now includes heated, black leather-trimmed seats, replacing the standard cloth seats. The features aerodynamic side still extensions, a rear bumper skirt, forged 17-inch BBS wheels and front Brembo brakes that provide greater heat tolerances in heavy braking. The new model year also ushers in the new Brembo/BBS RECARO Package that builds on the Brembo/BBS Package and substitutes the leather-trimmed seats for heated, RECARO sport seats.

MX-5 Grand Touring comes standard with heated, leather-trimmed seats, automatic climate control, automatic on/off headlights, High Beam Control with Adaptive Front-lighting System, Lane Departure Warning, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers and additional sound absorption material in its cloth headliner, among a much longer list of creature-comfort features.

In addition to the Dark Cherry soft top and Auburn Nappa leather interior options, the 2018 MX-5 offers the newly available paint colors Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica and Soul Red Crystal. Machine Gray Metallic, which was previously only available on MX-5 RF retractable fastback models, also joins the color palette. All MX-5 models sold in the U.S. come with a quick-revving, 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine that delivers 155 horsepower. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.


6-Speed Manual Transmission 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
MX-5 Sport $25,295 $26,645
MX-5 Club $29,155 $29,755
• Club Brembo/BBS Package (6MT Only) $3,770
• Club Brembo/BBS RECARO Package (6MT Only) $4,470
MX-5 Grand Touring $30,195 $31,270


Auburn Nappa Leather $300


Soul Red Crystal $595
Machine Gray Metallic $300
Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200


The 2018 MX-5 RF is on sale now nationwide, joining its 2018 MX-5 soft top sibling that went on sale in December.

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