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2020 Mazda Miata First Look: More Stuff Packed Into the Same Excellent Small Sports Car

Everybody's favorite affordable droptop stays that way.

© Motor Trend Staff   2020 Mazda Miata front

From Motor Trend

Moving into the new model year, the inimitable Mazda MX-5 Miata is pretty much the same lovable, tossable sports car as before. So, what should Miata-watchers be on the lookout for in 2020? Mostly a few small upgrades, including new paint color options and more standard content on certain trims. Prices, as they tend to do year-over-year, have also increased throughout the lineup.


The base MX-5 Sport justifies its higher price—$27,500 compared to $26,650 for 2019—with more standard safety features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Smart City Brake Support (automated emergency braking), and lane departure warning. Previously, these features were available as part of an $850 package on Sport trims. Should you have an aversion to fun or an inability to drive stick, our preferred transmission choice in the Miata, the price for the automatic-transmission Sport has risen to $28,850.


Next in the lineup is the MX-5 Miata Club, which gets a few new amenities of its own, namely Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration. Once again, these models are marked by upgrades such as 17-inch dark-finish wheels and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. When paired with the included manual transmission, the Club also comes with a sport-tuned suspension, limited-slip differential, Bilstein dampers, and a front shock tower brace. Mazda has made those four upgrades standard equipment on the 2020 Miata Grand Touring trim, as well. Other new features on the range-topping Miata trim include a Gray-colored cloth soft top and a red Nappa leather interior option. Both the Club and Grand Touring are now available with a new Polymetal Gray external paint color.


Pricing for the Club models starts at $31,210 with the manual and $31,810 with the automatic, up from $30,510 and $31,110 from the previous model year. You'll see considerable price increases on Grand Touring models, too, which jump from last year's $31,700 and $32,775 to $32,590 with the manual and $33,115 with the automatic. Should you be considering the folding-hardtop RF models, Mazda also is asking for more of your money: The 2020 RF Club now costs $33,965, up from $33,265 in 2019. The 2020 Mazda Miata heads to dealerships in February.


2020 Mazda Miata Prices, By Trim:

  • 2020 Miata Sport MT: $27,500 (AT:$28,850)
  • 2020 Miata Club MT: $31,210 (AT: $31,810)
  • 2020 Miata Grand Touring MT: $32,590 (AT: $33,115)
  • 2020 Miata Club RF MT: $33,965 (AT: $34,565)
  • 2020 Miata Grand Touring RF MT: $35,345 (AT: $35,670)

Key Options:

Red Nappa leather interior: $300 (Grand Touring soft top or RF)

Brembo/BBS Recaro Package on MT Club models: $4,470 ($4,670 for RF)

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