2024 MAZDA MX-5 Miata Reviews, Prices and Specs

Calista Alma-
March 18, 2024

The 2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a gem of a sports car, offering exhilarating performance and timeless appeal. Mazda has crafted a vehicle that drivers of all kinds can appreciate, and with a starting price of $30,150, it remains accessible to enthusiasts. Owners and reviewers alike praise the MX-5 Miata for its sheer enjoyment factor, with 93% of consumer reviewers recommending it. While it may lack the practicality of larger vehicles, its dynamic driving experience and affordability make it a standout choice in its class. Despite its launch in 2016, the MX-5 Miata continues to captivate drivers with its kinetic thrills and spirited performance, proving that every day without one is a missed opportunity for fun on the road.

For 2024, the Mazda MX-5 Miata receives a series of enhancements to its aesthetics and performance. Notable updates include refreshed headlights, taillights, and wheel designs, maintaining its contemporary appearance. Performance improvements come in the form of a revised steering rack and an asymmetrical limited-slip differential, available on the Club and Grand Touring trims. Inside the cabin, drivers will find a new 8.8-inch display for the infotainment system, adding a touch of modernity to the driving experience.

The 2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata kicks off at $30,150 for the entry-level Sport trim featuring a soft top and manual transmission. For those preferring the hardtop RF model, prices start at $38,175. Opting for an automatic transmission, available on the Grand Touring trim, adds $920 to the cost ($970 with the RF body).

2024 Mazda MX-5 MiataMSRP
MX-5 Miata Sport$30,150
MX-5 Miata Club$33,650
MX-5 Miata Grand Touring$35,450
MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF$38,175
MX-5 Miata Club RF$41,375

The 2024 MX-5 Miata is akin to the “you must be this tall to ride” theme park notice, but in reverse. Its narrow 2-seater configuration and low windshield may not accommodate larger individuals comfortably. Despite the sacrifice of passenger footwell space to the transmission tunnel and the absence of a glove box, these details seem trivial in the grand scheme. What truly matters is the driving experience: the low seating position providing an unparalleled connection to the road, the intuitive gear lever placement, and the minimalist dashboard. However, there are minor inconveniences to note. With the roof down and the sun at a certain angle, the 8.8-inch infotainment display may become unreadable due to excessive glare. Additionally, the 4.5-cubic-foot trunk offers limited space, sufficient for only a few soft bags during a weekend getaway.

The MX-5 Miata typically comes as a soft-top version featuring a cloth roof. However, Mazda also offers an RF (Retractable Fastback) variant in the Club and Grand Touring trims, boasting a power-retractable hardtop in a sleek fastback design. With the RF roof closed, the car resembles more of a coupe, adding versatility for year-round driving. Despite the slight increase in weight, the MX-5 Miata maintains its spirited performance. This year, Mazda introduces new all-LED exterior lighting, fresh wheel options, and a stylish new paint color: Aero Gray Metallic.

The base MX-5 Miata Sport is equipped with:

  • 16-inch black alloy wheels with high-performance tires
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Black manual convertible top
  • Keyless entry and push-button engine start
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake
  • Cloth seats
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Two USB ports
  • Cruise control
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning (alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

The Club is the sportiest Miata, adding:

  • 17-inch black alloy wheels
  • Sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers
  • Shock tower brace (stiffens the body structure to help with handling precision)
  • Limited-slip differential (enhances traction during acceleration)
  • Black front lip and rear spoiler
  • Upper door panel trim in exterior color
  • Gray contrast-color seat stitching
  • Heated seats
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
  • Satellite radio
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system

The Club’s exclusive Brembo/BBS Recaro package includes:

  • Brembo front brakes with red front and rear calipers
  • 17-inch dark gray forged alloy BBS wheels
  • Aerodynamic body kit
  • Heated Recaro sport seats
Review : 4.4/563
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