2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Review

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The legend gets better

The Facts:

Base Price: $31,555

Engine: 2.0L Inline4

Horsepower: 155 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 148 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Curb Weight: 2445 lbs

0-60: 6.4 sec

MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy

Why So Special:

In 1989, Mazda decided to create a fun little sports car that was accessible to the average Joe. Little did they know, it would end up becoming one of the most renowned sports cars in history among enthusiasts. Everyone loves the Miata: its petite size, light weight and near-perfect weight distribution make it one heck of a drivers car. We had the privilege of driving the RF model which is the first hard-top convertible offered on this generation of the Miata. I really love how they styled the FR with that rear pillar jetting down into the side panel for an exotic look. People came up to me all the time to ask who makes the car, how it drives, etc. It will definitely grab people’s attention.

Zip Zip Zoom:

There is only one engine available on the 2017 Miata and that’s a 2.0L inline-4 which produces 155hp and 148lb-ft. While those are not big numbers on paper, let me assure you that this car is no slouch. I had lots of fun zipping around corners and though it’s not the fastest car in the world, it will still put a smile on your face, I know it did mine. When I slid into the driver’s seat, I noticed just how compact this car really is. I'm pretty sure a golf cart has more space. Rolling down the highway next to an 18-wheeler gave me an adrenaline rush, but as you pull away with the top down, sun shining and wind flowing through your hair, all stress seems to just fly away.

Gotta Love Those Wheels:

The right wheels make or break the styling of any car. When the Miata RF arrived with blacked out BBS rims on slick, low profile tires, my heart was content. The light exterior color and the dark wheels added such a phenomenal contrast and makes this car look aggressive, ready to attack those switchbacks. Good wheels aren't complete without some stylish red Brembo brake calipers, am I right? Good news, it has those too!

Enough Tech to Make You Happy:

The Miata has never been known to provide groundbreaking technology. In fact, the previous model lacked some basic features like Bluetooth streaming, not to mention any sort of multimedia display. They finally caught up to the times with this new generation. A multimedia system comes standard with the car. The system, common to every new Mazda, is easy to use and offers every modern convenience you could want such as navigation, Bluetooth streaming, hands free calling, and more. The Miata also benefits from a Bose sound system designed specifically for convertibles. Speakers are included inside the headrests, so you can still hear your favorite tunes with the top down.

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