For those exploring Mazda cars for sale, you might be looking for the affordability and accessibility of the sedan and coupe offerings or the versatility of the CX series. However, there will inevitably be a small portion of prospective buyers interested in everything that the sporty MX-5 Miata roadster has to offer.
Within a few years of its initial introduction (closing in on 3 decades ago) the Miata had become somewhat of a punchline, favored primarily by young female drivers and men weathering an uncertain mid-life crisis. With that in mind, the Miata’s resurrection in recent years has felt both relevant and surprisingly energetic. Not only does it seem to embody a true roadster ‘feel,’ as opposed to the more diluted design of its ancestor, but it holds a truly organic place within Mazda’s KODO-inspired lineup.
For our money, the 2018 MX-5 Miata RF is an instant win. Priced accessibly to start, around $31,910 MSRP the RF boasts 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque in both its Club and Grand Touring trim levels. Yielding an enticing 35 highway mpg, it beckons you to rediscover the fun of driving, keying on the Japanese philosophy of Jinba Ittai (linking passenger to vehicle).
Having mentioned KODO, it’s worth mentioning that Mazda’s entire lineup has never looked better. Even the more practical offerings embody the ‘soul of motion’ philosophy that establish a muscular, athletic aesthetic. The MX-5 Miata, arguably, embodies this best. And with a rigid, fastback-inspired hardtop that can transition within as little as 13 seconds, it boasts adaptability and an aggressive, tech-heavy vibe that’s easy to appreciate.
That said, some players still appreciate the manual ease of the soft-top (and it’s more affordable starting price of $25,295 MSRP) but either way, Mazda has ‘hit it out of the park’ proverbially.
For a closer look at the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, here’s a great 360 look and review from its cockpit, courtesy of YouTube channel Engineering Explained. While it may favor the soft-top variant in some ways, we still dig the hardtop RF. Take a look and let us know your thoughts: