2019 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA OVERVIEW
Of all that is right with the idea of the automobile, few things are more satisfying than a roadster. A roadster so purely epitomizes the notion that a car should be a pleasure to drive, enveloping the driver and passenger in an experience. With the lowering of its roof, a roadster brings scenery into the cockpit, it welcomes you to engage in the world instead of insulating yourself from it. It is, perhaps, for these very reasons why the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata has remained such a constant in the automotive marketplace for nearly 30 years. It has won fans for its design, sublime driving dynamics and everyday usable performance.
In 1989 when MX-5 debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, few could have predicted its staying power. Competitors have come and gone. Yet, the MX-5 Miata has taught much of the world how to properly enjoy the thrill of driving. While this lightweight marvel has evolved through four generations, with the 1 millionth produced in April 2016, the 2019 model year marks another watershed moment.
The 2019 MX-5’s engine adopts new technologies in its SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine, including lighter pistons and freer breathing exhaust. Its transmission employs a new lightweight, dual-mass flywheel. While MX-5 has won its share of praise, Mazda’s engineers never settle. When an opportunity arises to make the beloved roadster better, they run with it. They dream up their ideal sports car, and then they build it, with the mission of elevating the experience like never before.
2.0-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine
181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm
151 lb-ft torque at 4,000 rpm
What’s New for 2019:
EPA – Estimated Fuel Economy (mpg)
TRIMS LEVELS & PRICING
How do you make the world’s best-selling, two-seat roadster even better? Mazda’s designers and engineers have found the answer with the 2019 MX-5 Miata. Its biggest change comes by way of its thoroughly upgraded SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine, which is now more responsive, efficient and powerful.
All 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata come standard in the U.S. with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine, producing 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. That represents an increase of 26 horsepower and 3 lb-ft of torque over the previous model. Thanks to a host of internal improvements, including lighter pistons and rods and a larger throttle, MX-5’s engine produces more torque throughout its rev range and enjoys a 700 rpm higher redline for the new model year. The new engine comes paired to either a standard SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission or an available 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Sport mode.
Other new updates include a standard tilt/telescoping steering column with 30mm of telescoping and 42mm of tilt range, an aluminum steering column to save weight versus the previous steel unit, a standard rearview camera, available Traffic Sign Recognition and Smart City Brake Support low-speed automatic emergency braking. Additionally, a new brown soft top is available for MX-5 Grand Touring models.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport continues to serve as the entry point into the MX-5 family, offered exclusively with a black soft top. Standard features include LED headlights and tail lights, 16- inch alloy wheels, cloth seats, dual power side mirrors, power windows, a 6-speaker audio system, including headrest speakers, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming, two USB audio inputs, MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment with a 7-inch monitor that features both touchscreen and Commander control functions, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, parking brake and shifter knob, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.
For 2019, MX-5 Sport can be supplemented with the i-ACTIVSENSE Sport Package that adds low-speed Smart City Brake Support automatic emergency braking, Lane-Departure Warning and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring upgrades from the base Sport with 17-inch dark silver wheels, body-color interior trim, auto on/ off headlights, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, heated, leather-trimmed seats, a 9-speaker BOSE Premium audio system, a fabric-lined soft top for greater sound insulation, Sirius XM Satellite radio with a 4-month trial subscription, Mazda Navigation, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, new Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Front-lighting System, High Beam Control, Lane-Departure Warning, and Smart City Brake Support.
Mazda also offer a new GT-S Package for MX-5 Grand Touring models equipped with the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission, equipping those models with a front shock tower brace, limited-slip rear differential and Bilstein dampers. MX-5 RF models with the GT-S Package will also come equipped with the hand-painted black roof that had previously only been offered on the 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club models continue the two-pronged, higher-trim strategy, offering a harder-edged foil to the Grand Touring. The MX-5 Club builds upon MX-5 Sport with standard Bilstein dampers, shock tower brace and limited-slip rear differential in models equipped with the SKYACTIV-MT transmission. All other MX-5 Club models receive standard heated cloth seats with red contrast stitching, body-color interior trim, Metallic Black alloy 17-inch wheels, front air dam and rear lip spoilers, a 9-speaker BOSE Premium audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 4-month trial subscription and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
MX-5 Club models are available with an i-ACTIVSENSE Club Package that comes with Smart City Brake Support and Lane-Departure Warning.
Additionally, the MX-5 Club SKYACTIV-MT can be had with the Brembo/BBS Package and Brembo/BBS/Recaro Package. The Brembo/BBS Package include front Brembo rotors and calipers; red-painted brake calipers on all four corners; 17-inch, dark gunmetal BBS forged alloy wheels; functional side sill extensions; a rear bumper skirt; and heated leather-upholstered seats.
MSRP for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata:
Model / Package
MX-5 Sport 6MT Soul Red Crystal
MX-5 Sport 6AT
i-ACTIVSENSE Sport Package
MX-5 Grand Touring 6MT
GT-S Package (6MT only)
MX-5 Grand Touring 6AT
Auburn Nappa Leather (GT only)
MX-5 Club 6MT
MX-5 Club 6AT
Club i-ACTIVSENSE Package
Premium Exterior Colors
Soul Red Crystal
Machine Gray Metallic
Snowflake White Pearl Mica
Brown soft top (GT only)