Mazda MX-5 Miata Model Review

26/35  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
5.8  Sec.
0-60 MPH
4.6  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 MX-5 Miata?

Rather than a complete redesign, the 2018 Miata enjoys incremental upgrades. Most notably, the trims and packages have been adjusted. The Brembo/BBS Recaro Package keeps the brake and wheel upgrades from before and bolsters them with new Recaro seats. The infotainment system is now available on all trims as is the keyless entry package. The steering and suspension have been tweaked to improve control. Rounding the new features is a handful of body colors that includes Eternal Blue Mica, Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Mica. The soft top is also now available in Dark Cherry.

2018 MX-5 Miata Interior

Major Trims and Features in the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

There are three trim levels available for the Miata. The base level is called Sport, and it comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, one-touch power windows, a leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio and a 6-speaker sound system that includes a driver headrest speaker.

The Club trim adds to Sport features with 17-inch alloy wheels and improvements to infotainment. The MAZDA CONNECT system is included and run through a 7-inch touch screen. It enables voice command and incorporates internet and XM radio. The biggest upgrade to the infotainment system is the 9-speaker Bose sound system. That system includes two driver's headrest speakers for optimum sound.

With the Grand Touring, you get access to heated seats and side mirrors, Mazda navigation and Homelink. Rain sensing windshield wipers, adaptive front lighting, an anti-theft alarm and auto-dimming mirrors add to the luxury and convenience available in the top trim. You can also add features and luxuries with upgrades like the Brembo/BBS Recaro Package.

A Powertrain with Hefty Performance

2018 MX-5 MiataThe 2018 Miata has not been overhauled, so engine performance is close to what you have seen in previous years. The 4-cylinder engine produces 155 horsepower and generates 148 lb-ft of torque. As this is on a lighter frame and body, acceleration and fuel efficiency have both been improved. As always, you can choose between automatic and manual transmissions. Both are six-speed, and the automatic features paddle shifting. The manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 26/33/29 miles per gallon city/highway/combined while the automatic scored 26/35/29.

MX-5 Miata Safety Features

2018 MX-5 MiataSafety in the 2018 model continues to see improvements. Dual front airbags and side-impact airbags are standard on all trims. The engine immobilizer cuts the engine in the event of a collision and reduces the chance of fuel leaks and other dangers. Optional safety features include lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts. You also have access to automatic lights, high beam control and tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

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