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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata ranks near the top of the sports car class. It offers refined engine performance and poised handling, as well as a comfortable and upscale interior with lots of standard features. However, its tiny trunk and cramped cabin limit its practicality.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Zesty four-cylinder engine
  • Upscale interior
  • Many standard tech and safety features
  • Snug cabin
  • Minimal trunk room

New for 2020

  • Blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning now standard
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are newly optional

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Sports Cars category. Currently the Mazda MX-5 Miata has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 6.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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 Is the Mazda MX-5 Miata a Good Car?

Yes, the 2020 Mazda Miata is a terrific sports car. This two-seat convertible is a blast to drive on winding roads, thanks to its playful steering and well-tuned suspension. Its four-cylinder engine loves to rev and eagerly scoots the lightweight Miata up to speed, without compromising on gas mileage. The Miata’s interior is stylish and well-built, and it offers a host of tech and safety features. This Mazda doesn’t cost too much, either.

Of course, there are a few sacrifices. The interior is narrow and noisy at higher speeds, rear visibility isn’t great, and the Miata’s ride can get jittery on rough road surfaces. Additionally, the Miata has one of the smallest trunks of any new car on the market.

Should I Buy the Mazda MX-5 Miata?

You should definitely consider the 2020 Mazda Miata if you want a sleek and fun-to-drive sports car that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Prices start at just under $27,000. That said, it can’t hurt to check out the competition. The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins are comparably priced, and they offer sharp handling. Speaking of twins, you may also want to consider the Fiat 124 Spider, which shares many of its components and features with the Miata.

Compare the MX-5 Miata, BRZ, and 124 Spider »

Should I Buy a New or Used Mazda MX-5 Miata?

Stick with a 2020 Miata if you want more standard safety tech than older models offer. Otherwise, consider saving money by shopping for a used model.

There have been a few key updates since Mazda launched the fourth-generation Miata for the 2016 model year. For 2017, a Miata RF variant debuted with a power-retractable hardtop. The 2019 model gained an upgraded engine with an extra 26 horsepower, and it became the first Miata available with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. These safety features are now standard on all 2020 Miatas, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are newly available.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Miata, 2018 Miata, and 2019 Miata reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 32 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 32 Mazda MX-5 Miata reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2020 Miata review incorporates applicable research for all models in the ND generation, which launched for 2016.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Does the Mazda MX-5 Miata Cost?

The 2020 Miata convertible has a base price of $26,580. That’s about average for the sports car class. The price rises to around $33,000 for the Miata RF hardtop, which is higher than many coupe rivals like the Toyota 86 and Ford Mustang.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mazda MX-5 Miata or Fiat 124 Spider?

The Fiat 124 Spider has a lot in common with the Miata. In fact, Mazda builds both of these cars at the same factory. The 124 Spider is comparably priced, and it offers similar seating and cargo space, cabin materials, tech features, and fuel economy. The Fiat’s suspension delivers a cushier ride, and its turbocharged engine provides more low-end muscle, making it a better choice as an everyday cruiser. On the other hand, the Miata rewards drivers with sharper handling and a higher-revving engine, making it a better vehicle for slicing through backroads. Unlike the Fiat, the Miata offers a hardtop variant. Test drive both models to see which one you prefer.

Which Is Better: Mazda MX-5 Miata or Subaru BRZ?

The Subaru BRZ can keep pace with the Miata on a winding stretch of road. The BRZ coupe has a stiff sport-tuned suspension, quick steering, and a lively four-cylinder engine. You could argue that it’s a bit more practical than the Miata. The BRZ has a slightly larger trunk and two rear seats, though they're quite cramped. For many shoppers, though, the Miata is a better pick. It has nicer cabin materials, an easier-to-use touch screen, and a longer list of advanced safety features.

Compare the MX-5 Miata, 124 Spider, and BRZ »

MX-5 Miata Performance

MX-5 Miata Engine: Rev It Up

The 2020 Mazda Miata has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

That may not sound like much power, but it’s enough to zip the featherweight Miata up to speed briskly. The engine feels refined and it revs eagerly up to its 7,500-rpm redline, producing a lovely exhaust note along the way. The six-speed manual transmission is a joy to shift, thanks to its slick action and smooth clutch engagement. The six-speed automatic is quite enjoyable too. Pull back on the shift paddles and the transmission rifles off quick, seamless gear changes.

Mazda Miata Powertrain/Performance Options:
  • Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque; starts at $26,580
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available six-speed automatic
Mazda Miata Performance Packages and Options:
  • Brembo/BBS Recaro package ($4,470; available in Club): Brembo front brakes, 17-inch BBS alloy wheels, side sill extensions, a rear bumper skirt, and heated Recaro seats
  • Tunnel Under Bars ($1,000)
  • Front Strut Tower Brace ($560)
  • Lower Arm Bar ($250)
Mazda Miata Appearance Packages:
  • Appearance package ($1,550): a front air dam, side sill extensions, and a rear diffuser and lip spoiler
MX-5 Miata Gas Mileage: Efficiency and Fun

The Miata gets an EPA-rated 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway when equipped with its automatic transmission. Models with the manual transmission get 26/34 mpg city/highway. These estimates are excellent for the sports car class.

MX-5 Miata Ride and Handling: Zoom Zoom

Driving a Miata on a winding road feels like piloting a go-kart. The Miata has responsive and nicely weighted steering, as well as a taut suspension, allowing it to change direction quickly and slice confidently through turns. The brakes provide strong stopping power.

The tradeoff to this firm suspension is a rather stiff ride. The Miata irons out small dips in the road nicely, but larger bumps and potholes make their presence known, especially on the racier Club models. You may want to factor ride quality into your decision if you’re considering the Miata as a daily driver.

How Fast Is the Mazda Miata?

The 2020 Mazda Miata can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. That’s a bit quicker than sports car rivals like the Subaru BRZ but not quite as fast as turbocharged pony cars like the Ford Mustang EcoBoost or Chevrolet Camaro Turbo.

Does the Mazda Miata Have All-Wheel Drive?

No, the Mazda Miata is only available with rear-wheel drive. That’s also true of almost all of its sports car competitors.

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MX-5 Miata Interior

How Many People Does the MX-5 Miata Seat?

The Mazda Miata is a two-seat sports car. The seats are nicely cushioned and provide good support, thanks to their hip-hugging bolsters. The driving position is comfortable, and there’s adequate head- and legroom for six-footers, but not much else. Shoulder, elbow, and knee space are all in short supply. Because of the car’s low ride height, getting in and out of it requires some agility.

Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, heated seats, and racier Recaro sport seats are available.

The Miata comes in two body styles. The standard model has a manually operated soft top, which is easy to open and close. The coupelike Miata RF has a power-retractable hardtop that operates with the flip of a switch. Front and side visibility are good with both models, but rear visibility isn’t great, especially with the soft top up.

MX-5 Miata and Child Car Seats

Like many two-seat sports cars, the Miata does not have LATCH car-seat connectors. We do not recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

MX-5 Miata Interior Quality

The Miata has a minimalist interior, which helps keep the car as light as possible. The cabin looks modern and elegant, and build quality is great. There are numerous soft-touch surfaces, but you'll also find quite a few hard plastics. Minimal sound insulation is another concession of saving weight. A lot of road and wind noise fills the Miata’s cabin, especially at higher speeds. The RF’s hardtop does a slightly better job of filtering out these sounds.

MX-5 Miata Cargo Space

The Miata has just 4.5 cubic feet of trunk space. That isn’t much, even by sports car standards, though it is big enough for a few grocery bags or one piece of carry-on luggage.

MX-5 Miata Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Miata is equipped with the Mazda Connect infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen on the dashboard and a control knob on the center console. Other standard features include a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and six speakers. This screen is within the driver’s line of sight, and it has crisp graphics and simple menus. It’s complemented by three dials that adjust the air conditioning functions.

The system works fine overall, but there are two quirks. The screen only responds to touch inputs when the vehicle is still. Once in motion, you have to use the control knob. This knob is easy for the driver to reach, but it’s also easy to bump when changing gears.

Available features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, a navigation system, and automatic climate control.

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MX-5 Miata Reliability

Is the Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Miata a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Warranty

Mazda covers the Miata with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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MX-5 Miata Safety

MX-5 Miata Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Miata.

MX-5 Miata Safety Features

The 2020 Miata comes standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and Smart City Brake Support (a forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking system that operates at speeds of 18 mph or less). Available safety features include traffic sign recognition, adaptive pivoting headlights, and automatic high beams.

Read more about safety »

MX-5 Miata Dimensions and Weight

The Miata is 12.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,341 to 2,496 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Is the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Built?

Mazda builds the 2020 Miata in Japan.

When Did the Mazda Miata First Come Out?

Mazda launched the first-generation Miata in 1989. The Miata was designed from the outset to be an affordable, basic sports car. It was equipped with a 116-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, pop-up headlights, and little else. Initially, even features like power steering, power windows, a radio, and air conditioning were optional. This minimalist approach helped keep the Miata’s cost low and its weight even lower, which made a big impact out on the road.

The Miata became renowned for its agile handling, quick throttle response, crisp transmission, and high-revving engine, qualities that still ring true in today’s models. The first-generation Miata, or NA Miata as it’s often called, spanned the 1990 to 1997 model years. Its subsequent three generations go by the NB, NC, and ND designations.

Which Mazda MX-5 Miata Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three trims: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. Each trim comes standard with a 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a soft top. You can add a six-speed automatic transmission to any trim. The Club and Grand Touring trims are available with a power-retractable hardtop.

The entry-level Sport trim is a good pick for many shoppers. It retails for less than $27,000 and comes equipped with lots of standard tech and safety features for a sports car.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

The base model MX-5 Miata Sport has a $26,580 starting price. Standard features include a manual-folding soft top, cloth upholstery, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, and HD Radio. The Sport also comes with several safety features, including a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning. Other standard features include air conditioning, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, power windows, cruise control, LED headlights and taillights, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

A navigation system is available.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

The midrange MX-5 Miata Club starts at $30,290. This trim adds heated seats, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an additional USB port, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, and 17-inch wheels. Models with the manual transmission get a limited-slip differential and Bilstein shock absorbers. The Miata RF Club variant starts at $33,045 and adds a power-retractable hardtop.

The Club trim is available with a Brembo BBS Recaro package for around $4,500 and adds large Brembo front brakes, lightweight 17-inch BBS wheels, and Recaro bucket seats. As before, a navigation system is available.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

The MX-5 Miata Grand Touring trim has a $31,670 MSRP. This trim adds leather upholstery, a navigation system, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, traffic sign recognition, adaptive headlights, and automatic high beams. The Miata RF Grand Touring version retails for $34,425.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mazda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mazda deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential affordable sports car. It has athletic handling, zippy engine performance, elegant styling, and a healthy array of tech features. This Mazda is also inexpensive to buy and maintain. Sure, the Miata’s snug cabin and tiny trunk may not impress all buyers, but if you’re looking for big fun at a low price - the Miata is hard to beat.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Its chassis is playful, its engine is eager to rev, and its standard manual transmission is a joy to use. Perhaps what's most enjoyable about the 2020 Miata is how analog it seems in the age of computer-controlled cars and SUVs. While it isn't a practical choice, it represents the best and most affordable four-wheeled thrill ride this side of a go-kart." -- Car and Driver
  • "The MX-5's sparkling combination of nimble fun and thriftiness has made it a favorite at our test track -- and the current model holds to the standard. The Miata is a completely impractical car. It seats two (tightly), it will barely haul a load of groceries, and it's loud inside. Yet we're smitten with this plucky ragtop." -- Consumer Reports
  • "No matter if you're a casual driver looking for simple, inexpensive roadster driving enjoyment or a seasoned enthusiast who's tired of ever heavier and more complicated sports cars, the MX-5 should be on your very short list." -- Edmunds (2019) 

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 8, 2020

Steady Demand: Unlike so many other cars and SUVs, Miata sales have remained healthy through the Coronavirus pandemic. So far in 2020, Mazda dealerships have moved 4.7 percent more Miatas than during the same time frame in 2019. Among sports cars, the Miata is selling in the middle of the pack.

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