Scottsdale Mazda Shoppers 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 seats two passengers and comes as a roadster or a coupe with a retractable hardtop (called the MX-5 RF). Scottsdale Mazda drivers know how much fun it is to drive the MX-5 Miata. It’s the perfect car for going on a day trip out in the sunshine. It’s nimble and you’ll love taking it for a ride through along long desert highways. No matter which version you choose, you’ll get a choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. 

The Mazda MX-5 Miata gets a performance boost for 2019. The 2.0-liter engine makes 26 more horsepower and 3 lb-ft more torque than last year’s model. New standard features include a rearview camera and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Advanced safety features that were standard on the 2018 Miata Grand Touring model are now standard on all trim levels. According to the Scottsdale area Mazda dealer, there’s also a new option package called the GT-S package, which delivers even better handling.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 has a long list of admirers. Kelley Blue Book wrote: “Is the journey as important as the destination? Is good handling more meaningful than high horsepower? If both ring true for you, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is your kind of car. Elemental roadsters like this Mazda remind us of why driving is fun.”

The Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three trim levels, called Sport, Club and Grand Touring. The power-retractable hardtop RF version is only available in Club and Grand Touring trims. Powering the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 181 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque, teamed to a standard six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is available. All models come standard with rear-wheel drive.

Car and Driver tested MX-5 Miata and found it could get to 60 mph from off the line in 5.7 seconds. Like all Mazda vehicles, the Miata is very fuel efficient. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway when equipped with the manual gearbox.* With the automatic, the Miata returns 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway.

Sport and Club trims get standard black 16-inch metallic wheels. Standard features on all trims include a rearview camera, a fabric top, cruise control, a tilt/telescope steering wheel with buttons for cruise control and audio, LED headlights, Bluetooth, Mazda Connect and two USB ports.

A brown soft top is available as a standalone option. Buyers have three packages to choose from: 

  • The i-ACTIVSENSE Club Package: This is available on the Club. It comes with lane-departure warning and Smart City Brake Support. When the Miata is traveling at low speed, Smart City Brake Support can stop the vehicle if it approaches a sudden obstacle.
  • Brembo/BBS package: This package is offered on Club models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. It includes 17-inch gun-metal-gray BBS forged alloy wheels, heated leather seats, Brembo rotors in the front and special red Brembo brake calipers.
  • Brembo/BBS/Recaro package: This package is offered on the Club trim with the manual transmission. It adds heated Recaro bucket seats, as well as a black roof (for the RF variant).

* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.