2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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of the 2018 Mazda MX‑5 Miata. Base trim shown.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata First Drive

Brian Wong

Here at Cars.com, we do our utmost to give every car a fair shake. But that doesn't mean that we don't have favorites or that we don't get excited about certain vehicles or events. This was one of those times that I found myself positively giddy — a chance to drive the latest version of a car that I adore (and one my family owns) on a road that I try to drive at least once a year as an act of Zen.

Related: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: 3 Things You Need to Know

The car in question was the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which receives its first set of large changes (apart from the introduction of the RF hardtop model) since the fourth, ND generation launched in 2015. There are new standard and available safety features, a new trim level and, most exciting, a bump in power for the four-cylinder engine.

The road? A segment of U.S. Highway 101 in California that stretched from Pismo Beach up to San Francisco, where I concluded my journey in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. We took our time on the trip to explore not only the highway and its dramatic cliffs, but also a few of the mountain and canyon roads that shoot up from the ocean. This setting (and some agreeable California weather) gave the Miata plenty of room to shine — and that's exactly what it did. (Per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its own lodging and transportation at such automaker-sponsored events.)

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Wow. What a car!

by Dan & Cathy from Florence, AL on October 2, 2018

Love the MX-5 and Bill Smartt at Hiley Mazda in Huntsville! This has been the smoothest buying experience ever and we will definitely be back! Read full review

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First MX-5!

by TocoMX5 from Memphis, TN on June 2, 2018

So this is a great car! I bought a manual transmission Club model with the BBS/Brembo/Recaro seat package, Ceramic in color (the best color!). The transmission is awesome, the ride is perfect in my ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MX-5 Miata received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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