2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2020 MODEL
$26,580 - $32,195
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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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Starting out as auto-rickshaw manufacturers, then moving to weapon manufacturing, before finally rediscovering their love for automobiles, Mazda has had a pretty colorful history. In recent years, they have made even bigger waves when one of their most successful and glorified marques received a generational change. It was none other than the beautiful Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car. 

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Pros

Fun to drive at all speeds

Quite fuel-efficient for a sports car

The soft top is faster in operation

Smooth Ride

Offers the typical Convertible Fun

Cons

Slightly cramped interiors

Small Cargo Compartment

Noisy interiors even with the top up

The ride gets Bumpy on rough roads

What's New?

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto added to the middle and upper trims

Previous year GT-S package standard on Grand Touring manual trim

I-ActiveSense Driver Assistance Package standard on all trims

New Keyfob and color options

Updated badging font

Sports Suspension and LSD standard in Grand Touring trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26580

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

181 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

151 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

brake rotors (f/r)

11-Nov

dimensions

wheelbase

90.9 in.

length

154.1 in.

width

68.3 in.

height

48.6 in.

curb weight

2341 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

4.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

10330 lbs.

payload capacity

404 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/34/29 mpg

highway range

404.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Detailed Review video
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior video

Styles

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata in Alfa White color 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata in Arctic Gray Metallic color
Alfa White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.8

Engine And Performance

9.3

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

7.5

Exterior

9.3

Competition

9.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Sport

power
181 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
29 combined

$26,580 - $27,930


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $26,580 MSRP (26/29/34) 181 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,930 MSRP (26/29/34) 181 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 2

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

Club

power
181 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
29 combined

$30,290 - $30,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $30,290 MSRP (26/29/34) 181 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,890 MSRP (26/29/34) 181 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 2

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

Grand Touring

power
181 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
29 combined

$31,670 - $32,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $31,670 MSRP (26/29/34) 181 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $32,195 MSRP (26/29/34) 181 hp @ 7000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2020 Mazda MX-5 is the latest outlook towards the Miata marque from the brand. Through rigorous testing, reinvention, and optimization, the 2020 model has managed to shed 135 lbs from the previous generation whilst maintaining the same kind of chirpiness. Engineering prowess is not an unexplored avenue for the brilliant engineering minds at Hiroshima, and they have put it to good use in the MX-5.

This has allowed the Miata to be one of their finest offerings and also be the highest sold roadster in the world. The legend began 30 years ago with the NA Miata and today with the ND, there is nothing stopping it. That being said, there are some anchors that are trying to hold back the Miata from becoming the best there ever is. These anchorages are provided by the Italian biggie, Fiat 124 Spider, the puppy-dog-eyed driver innovator, MINI Convertible, and the bouncer of the lot, the Brawny Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. 

With competitors like these, let’s find out if the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata has what it takes to throw off those anchors and sail to victory.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Front View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Rear View

6.8/10
Features

 

9.3/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

9.3/10
Exterior

 
 

9.0/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Features

6.8/10

Mazda has always been known to appeal to a wide audience, and every car from their stable tries to do justice to what the people expect from them.
The MX-5 Miata, since its first appearance, has managed to garner a cult following, and there are still those who own the first generation and love it like their own kid. The latest generation tries to evoke the same kind of feelings in every person who lays its eyes on it.
The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata is part of the fourth generation that kicked off in 2016 and is offered in a choice of 3 trims.
The entry-level Sport trim, mid-level Club trim, and the top-end Grand Touring trim. Building on from 2019, the GTS Package from last year has been made standard on the top-tier trim.

Model

Sport

Club

Grand Touring

MSRP (RWD- Manual)

$26,580

$30,290

$31,670

MSRP (RWD- Automatic)

$27,930

$30,890

$32,195

Key Features

LED Headlights and LED Taillights

Adds/Upgrades to Sport trim

Adds/Upgrades to Club Trim

 

Mazda Connect 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with AM/FM audio system and 6 speakers

Bose 9-speaker audio system with AudioPilot

Heated leather-trimmed seats

 

HD Radio, Aha, Pandora, Stitcher internet radio integration

Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM integration with Speed-sensing automatic volume control

Adaptive Front Headlights with High Beam Control and Auto on/off 

 

Bucket seats with reclining and fore/aft adjustment and tilt adjustment for driver-side

LED Headlights, LED taillights and LED DRLs

Navigation, Traffic Sign Recognition, and SiriusXM 3-year Traffic and Travel Link subscription

 

Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake handle

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in Metallic Black Finish

Rain-sensing variable-intermittent windshield wipers

   

Multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescoping adjustment

Silver accents in seats with Piano Black seat back and Body-colored upper door trim

Auto-dimming driver's side mirror, and Rear View Mirror with HomeLink

 

Driver and passenger vanity mirrors and courtesy overhead light with dimming

Heated seats with 3 heat settings

Automatic climate control 

 

Solar Control/Tinted Windshield

2 USB audio inputs

Trunk Light

 

16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in Metallic Black Finish


 

A number of body color options

 

Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert


 
 

The trims are all equipped with all the basic, advanced, and comfort features that you might ever need in your spirited day of driving and also in daily driving.

But if you think there is room for more improvement, Mazda allows you to pimp up your MX-5 from the following packages and with the various color options available with the various trim levels.

Package Name

Brembo/BBS RECARO Package

Interior Package

Appearance Package

Weather Package

MSRP

$4,470

$425

$800

$150

Key Features

Brembo front brakes with Red calipers, Mazda rear brakes with Red calipers

Oil cap

Side Sill Extensions

Cargo tray

 

BBS forged 17" aluminum-alloy wheels in Dark Gunmetal finish

Alloy Pedals

Rear Diffuser in Brilliant Black

All-weather floor mats

 

Aero kit: Side sill extensions, rear bumper skirt in Brilliant Black

Door Sill Trim Plates

   
 

Heated Black RECARO sport seats

     

Besides the Brembo/BBS package, all the packages and options are mostly sub-$1000 mark which allows you to stay in your budget most of the time. 

That being said, pick up the accessories that you absolutely need, because there are also some gimmicky ones that you are better off without, otherwise, you will just add to the window price of the car.

Which trim is the best?

Though all the trims seem like a good jumping point to the Miata marque, the Club trim of the 2020 Mazda MX-5 seems like the best one. With its perfect synthesis of features and performance, it celebrates the marriage of the dynamic sports car to the modern features of the present day. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a Bose sound system working as the cherry on the top, the deal just gets a whole lot smoother. 

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine and Performance

9.3/10

Mazda has employed the services of a 2.0L SkyActiv-G inline-4 engine to derive the power and life of the Miata. This engine is naturally aspirated which is quite out of order considering the high adoption of turbocharging and supercharging small engines to provide a similar kind of power and torque as bigger engines. 

That being said, this motor is very vivacious and never allows the fun of driving to escape from the car. The 2.0L block of the Miata can produce 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque as is, which is all available on the high ends. With the kind of love that the brilliant minds at Mazda have put in making the MX-5, the car asks you to pour everything you have got into driving it and juice it out for all it's got. 

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Engine Bay

To make sure that the purist in you is satisfied, the transmission of choice is a 6-speed manual. With this baby in place, redlining comes naturally to you like breathing. While you can never go wrong with the good ol’ stick-shift, there are still people who believe that the automatic is better. For them, a 6-speed automatic is available as an option.
The transmission puts power on the rear wheels which adds to the quintessential sportscar feel of the Miata. 

Models

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Club

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT

MSRP

$30,290

$29,390

$28,900

$31,500

Engine

2.0L SkyActiv-G Inline-4 

1.4L turbocharged Inline-4

1.5L turbocharged Inline-3

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

7-speed automated manual

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ RPM)

181 @ 7000

164 @ 5500

134 @ 4400 

275 @ 5600

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

151 @ 4000

184 @ 2500

162 @ 1250

295 @ 3000

In comparison to the others, the naturally aspirated breather towers above all in terms of power, save the Camaro. The Camaro is the real brawn here with its muscle car background. Using a 2.0L turbocharged engine, it is also the most powerful and torquey.

From the other three, the MX-5 loses out on the pulling power, which the Fiat twin has plenty at 184 lb-ft. 

Is the MX-5 Miata the fastest Mazda ever?

It might not be a mistake to say that the sports car offering of any brand is quite frankly the fastest one. But Mazda does not believe in this notion. 

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible 0-60 MPH in Just 5.7 sec

The MX-5 is not the fastest Mazda but it is certainly part of the top crop. With the naturally aspirated breather putting power on the rear wheels, there is certainly a lot going for the Miata.
Bury the gas pedal deep into the floor, and you will be thrust back into your seat as the car hurls forward. The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata completes the 0-60 run in 5.7 seconds which is a very respectable score for a car of this size.

Models

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Club

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.7

6.6

8.2

5.4

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.4

14.9

14.7

14.2

Top Speed (MPH)

143

144

128

155

Engine

2.0L Inline-4 

1.4L turbocharged Inline-4

1.5L turbocharged Inline-3

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.0

5.9

5.7

7.7

Like before, the presence of the MX-5 over the competitors is pretty beastly. The 124 Spider takes 6.6 seconds while the MINI Convertible takes a long 8.2 seconds. The only real competition that the Miata faces is from the Camaro Convertible which takes 5.4 seconds to achieve the same feat. 

In the quarter-mile, the same scenario is repeated but the MINI manages to catch up to the others at 14.7 seconds while the Fiat takes 14.9 seconds.
What is notable to know is that the Miata standard is also faster than the hard-top Miata RF by a tenth of a second since the weight of the roof is practically negligible when compared to the hardtop mechanism.

What about the braking system in the MX-5 Miata?

With the capability of delighting you after you bring it to life, there also arises a responsibility of taming the monster that has been let loose.
To handle all that prowess, the Mazda Miata comes with 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes. These are the same size in both the front and rear, which is also another aspect where the brand walks away from preconceived notions.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Has Front Brake Rotor is 11 in. 

The brake pedal is firm, confident and alive when you press it. There is no nose dive or restlessness in the braking action, which allows you to be comfortable and in-control even in harsh braking situations.

Models

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Club

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT

Brake Rotors Front (in)

11

11

11.6

N/A

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11

11

10.2

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs)

2341

2477

2,948

3627

60-0 MPH (ft)

110

111

134

117

In comparison to the others, the lower weight, almost 50-50 weight distribution and superb handling of the Mazda MX-5 Miata allow it to come to a stop from 110 feet from 60 mph.
The Fiat 124 Spider follows suit by taking 111 feet while the heaviest of the lot, Camaro takes the third spot here. The MINI, like its acceleration, is the late bloomer here as well since it takes 132 feet to come to a stop when the brakes are applied. 

4-wheel 4-channel ABS with EBD and Brake Assist are standard which make sure that the car does not spin out of control on the tight curves you might drive the car into. 

How is the handling of the Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible?

Mazda has always maintained the stance that the Miata has always been a driver’s car and not your typical sports car that can churn out pure numbers. The 2020 MX-5 makes good on that statement and provides you with one of the most fun driving experiences. 

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Front View

Take it out on the street or on the highway, the engine will feel very lively and offer you everything it can. While most cars are great for straight line stretches, the Miata is not just for those, but also for the long winding roads. The suspensions maintain composure even on tight turns and make sure that the car stays rooted to the road. 

The agility and nimbleness of the roadster are exemplary. Throw it into a corner, dive in deep, and you will come out acing it, as long as you keep the speed in check. At high speeds, the car does experience some body roll on turns, but nothing close to tipping you over. The ride remains smooth and serene as long as you are on a paved surface, take it off-road, and you will experience a world of bumpiness.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Rear View

The interiors become noisy even when the top is up since the soft top is not exactly soundproof. The engine sound gets close to creating a racket when you are doing high speeds on the highway, so best stick to mid-level speeds. That being said, if noise does not bother you, then the drive experience at those speeds will also be charismatic.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The common perception about sports cars and convertibles is that they are gas guzzlers and cause a big hit to the pocket with fuel costs alone.
Thankfully, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is the breaker of chains even on this aspect. The MX-5 delivers 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. With a fuel tank capacity of 11.9 gallons, you are sure to reach your destination quite comfortably and without needing to stop for a refuel.

Models

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Club

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT

MPG (City)

26

26


 

28


 

20

.

MPG (Highway)

34

35

36

30

MPG (Combined)

29

30

31

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.9

11.9

11.6

19.0

Range

(City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

309 / 405 / 345

309 / 417 / 357

325 / 418 / 360

380 / 570 / 437

Though the MPG numbers of the Mazda are pretty impressive, the best ones are offered by the MINI Convertible. Despite having a smaller fuel tank, the puppy-dog car is competent in providing a better overall range after a full tank. The Fiat 124 Spider is marginally better than the Miata in terms of highway mileage and hence provides a slightly better combined fuel economy.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior

7.5/10

The same kind of action as the exterior is going on inside. In order to make sure that your attention is towards the driving and not at the insides, the MX-5 Miata adopts a no-nonsense minimalist approach to interiors.
The interior is available in a single color only, black. A contrasting red and white stitching option is available to add a bit of sporty feel. The steering wheel, dashboard, and most of the interior are made from hard plastic which is to be expected considering the price you are paying for the car. 

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Front Seats

The center part of the dashboard houses the 7-inch Mazda Connect touchscreen infotainment system and just below it, if you look closely, you will see a horizontal A/C vent. While the other three are circular and chrome-lined, this one looks like it has been stuffed in at the last moment in order to accommodate the rule compliance of the number of A/C vents in a vehicle. The controls for the climate control system are just below the vent in three circular knobs that are quite handy in daily driving.

The steering wheel is the classic three-spoke design with silver accents and houses the controls for the cruise control and slave controls for the infotainment system. The driver gauge cluster is analog for the rev counter and speed, while the other functions like odometer, traffic signs, engine temperature, etc. are displayed on a digital monochrome screen. 

The shifter, seats and parking brake are all leather-wrapped and add a layer of plushness to it (to an extent). Behind the shifter, you will see the knobs for controlling the infotainment setup and drive mode selector.

Models

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Club

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT

Seating Capacity

2

2

4

4

First Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4 / 52.2 / 43.1

37.4 / 52.1 / 43.1 

39.8 / 51.0 / 41.4 

38.4 / 55.0 / 43.9 

Second Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

N/A

39.0 / 39.7 / 30.9

33.4 / 50.3 / 29.9

When you compare the seating style of the MX-5 to the other, the factor that weighs in here is that it is a very compact car. If you compare it to the Camaro, the Miata is a full 3 feet shorter than it.
This is precisely why it only has 2 seats. The seating is pretty compact and with the lack of options to adjust the seat for tall drivers, you might feel uncomfortable if you are over 6 feet. Your knees will run up against the dashboard and it will be a slightly cramped experience for you. The center console is also leather-lined and can open up to reveal some more storage. The glove-box is not in its usual place in the dash, but rather at shoulder height in between the seats.
A noteworthy feature that the Mazda has is the option of movable cupholders. If you are traveling alone and find the default cup holder position at the back of the center console awkward to use, you can unhook one cupholder and attach it to the place in the passenger side footwell. While we are on the topic of the passenger side legroom, there is a notable bump in it which makes the seating posture cumbersome for the person seated. 

While this is all to make sure that weight is reduced, there are also various features that are present inside the 2020 MX-5 Miata. 

  • Power windows with driver and passenger one-touch-down feature
  • Glass rear window with defogger
  • Side window demisters
  • Power door locks with speed sensor
  • Cruise control
  • Remote trunk lid release
  • Tilt & telescoping steering column
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirrors 
  • Courtesy overhead light with dimming 
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Mesh aero board wind blocker
  • Bucket seats with reclining and forward/back slide feature
  • Driver's side seat tilt adjustment
  • Integrated headrests
  • Heated seats with 3 heat settings
  • Black cloth-trimmed seats with silver accent stitching
  • Piano Black seat back bar trim
  • Body-colored upper door trim
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake handle
  • Padded armrests
  • Carpet floor mats
  • Driver footrest

While these features are enough to make sure you stay comfortable in all conditions, Mazda keeps the window of customization always open for you to make it a personal statement piece for yourself.

The following are the accessories available:

  • Doorsill Trim Plates
  • Interior Lighting Kit
  • All-Weather Floor Mats
  • Satin Chrome Air Vent Bezel
  • Alcantara Center Console Lid
  • Alcantara Door Center trim
  • Alcantara Instrument Panel Lower Trim
  • Alcantara Parking Brake Boot
  • Alcantara Shift Boot
  • Windshield Sunscreen

Mazda has made sure that all of the aspects do not compromise on the promise of delivering a fun ride and the accessories are also designed to add to the feel. 

How do I play my videos on the MX-5 Miata

There are a lot of quirks when it comes to the infotainment setup of the Miata. Regarded as the best infotainment setup in a Miata ever, the 7-inch Mazda Connect touchscreen is quite responsive and easy to operate.
The Sport trim is the bare bones when it comes to infotainment and does not offer many options and the hustle of being a Miata. The infotainment setup on the Club and Grand Touring trim is great since they come with all the present-day requirements of tech and connectivity.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Has 7-inch Infotainment Screen

The following are the features of the infotainment system:

  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability
  • Bose 9-speaker audio system with AudioPilot, driver and passenger headrest speakers and subwoofer
  • Apple CarPlay integration
  • Android Auto integration
  • Speed-sensing automatic volume control
  • MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System
  • 7" full-color touch screen
  • Multi-function Commander control
  • Infotainment system voice command
  • Radio Broadcast Data System program information
  • HD Radio
  • Aha, Pandora, Stitcher internet radio integration
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • E911 automatic emergency notification
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month subscription
  • Auxiliary audio input jack
  • 2 USB audio inputs
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio, phone and cruise controls

Though it is a great setup and can keep you spritely with its capabilities, there are also some quirks in it. The MX-5 infotainment setup allows you to set the volume of:

  • turn indicators
  • keyless lock beep
  • lane departure warning signal
  • navigation guidance 

Along with this, you also get to choose between the type of feedback for the lane departure warning signal. You can choose between the usual beeping and a rumble. While these are inconsequential, it is quite a unique feature.
Irrespective of which transmission you choose, the car also comes with a gear indicator. While that can come in handy in the automatic, in the manual transmission, it seems gimmicky and useless. That being said, in order to maximize fuel efficiency, the display tells you when to upshift. 

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Infotainment Screen

The Sport trim and the Club trim lack the Navigation feature but allow you to pick it up as an add-on. The navigation system also has the capability to scan for speed-cams ahead and can allow you to choose when the car updates you. It can either be at every speed cam or only when the system picks up you are going over the speed limit. 

Consecutively, you can pick up an extra feature of traffic sign recognition, which will light up like a blip in the gauge cluster. In case you don’t see a STOP sign (while that is highly improbable), the car will also display that in the gauge cluster.

How much Cargo Space does the MX-5 Miata have?

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata is not our average-sized sportscar. It’s actually quite compact. Smaller than the Golf GTI even. Hence, the cargo compartment is also relatively small. To be precise, the cargo compartment of the MX-5 Miata is 4.59 cubic feet in volume.
Pop the trunk from the keyfob, and when you open it, the first sight you will see is a small plastic tray that has a zip-tied black bag tidily placed inside it. This black bag holds the user manual.
If you are an avid golfer, then better leave your compatriot at home since you will have to put that golf-club set in the passenger seat. That being said, the trunk has enough space to fit a standard 22-inch suitcase comfortably along with some storage space for a few duffel bags left over. If you pack light, stuff for two people for a weekend trip might just fit in.

Models

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Club

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

4.6

4.9

7.6

7.3

There is no standard glove box provided in the Miata which is traditionally found beneath the dashboard in front of the passenger seat, but rather a makeshift glove box storage in between the seats at shoulder level. Space is not that much but is still enough to suffice to be called a glove box. The central armrest, which is leather lined, can open up to reveal some storage that can store your phone and your girlfriend’s lipstick at most before it tops out. 

The cupholders are either ingenious or a hindrance depending on your standpoint. They are moveable and are mounted between the seats at the back of the center console at the elbow level. If that seems like an awkward position, you can pick it up and shift it to another holder in the passenger footwell area just below the shifter. Like we said, either hindrance or ingenuity. 

If you want to “maximize” the “usability” of the MX-5, then you can pick up the following accessories:

  • Cargo Net
  • Cargo Tray

Though these might not serve any usage, you will still be content that they are there when you need it. Another quirk in the cargo compartment is that the trunk light carries a switch, to allow you to turn it off when you want to (though why would anyone want to turn it off).

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Dashboard
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Dashboard
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Front Seats
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Front Seats
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Climate Control
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Climate Control
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Gauge Cluster
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Gauge Cluster
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Gear Shifter 1
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Gear Shifter 1
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Steering Wheel
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Steering Wheel

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Exterior

9.3/10

If you look at the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata, you will notice the kind of progress it has made as the generations progressed. In the 30-years since its inception, the Miata went from a cure looking cartoon-car to an aggressively sleek design.
The first generation (NA) had a pop-up head-lamps which made it look like a barbie-doll car. The gen 2 Miata (NB) looked like a sensible design in the same fun-to-drive package. While it was the MX-5 Miata, it certainly did not look as quirky as its predecessors.
It was the Gen 3 (NC) that took things to the next level with its progressive yet aggressive styling. This generation took the world by storm and proved that Mazda was no less when it came to style. 

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Top View

As we moved to Gen 4 (ND), the design took new heights. The headlights were inspired by Angry Bird Eyes and as you move to the back, the telltale signs of being a Mazda, although subdued, are still present. The grill looks like the car has a wide grin on its face which offsets the overall aggressiveness. The contoured hood, along with the lines on the bodyworks adds to that avail which makes it look more menacing. One thing to note is that with every passing generation, the MX-5 got heavier, but the 2020 MX-5 Miata breaks that notion as well. It is actually lighter than the previous year Miata and also the previous generation. 

Models

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Club

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT

Curb Weight (lbs)

2341

2477

2,948

3627

Length (in)

154.1

159.6

151.9 

188.3

Width (in)

68.3 

68.5

68.0 

74.7

Height (in)

48.8 

48.5

55.7 

52.9

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

N/A

4.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

90.9 

90.9

98.2 

110.7

In comparison to the MX-5 Miata RF, the standard Miata has a soft-top roof which is manually operated. Take the roof by your hand, latch it to the windshield, and you are good to go. Though it might have been a good addition to the feature list if the soft-top was also electronically controlled, as the manually operated, we have no qualms with it. 

Take a good look at the outside, and you will gradually pick-up the following standout features that are lined yet concealed beautifully in the car:

  • LED Headlights, Taillights, and Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • Body-colored front, rear bumpers, and door handles
  • Aluminum hood and trunk lid
  • Black front air dam and rear lip spoiler
  • Solar-control/tinted windshield
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Black cloth convertible top and power side mirrors
  • Rear-mounted mast and trunk-mounted "shark fin" antennas
  • 17 x 7in aluminum alloy wheels in Metallic Black finish
  • P205/45 R17 high-performance tires

Though Mazda has taken every step in the direction where it intends to, to appeal to the younger crowd, there are still some people who want their Miata to be swankier than it already is. To help them achieve just that, the following are the accessories and packages that can be picked up:

  • Appearance Package
  • Machine Gray Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • All-weather Car Cover
  • Indoor-Car Cover
  • Wheel Locks
  • Splash guard front and rear

All of these are available at an extra cost while some of these get included in the Grand Touring trim as standard.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Front View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Front View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Side View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Side View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Side View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Side View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Rear View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Rear View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Rear View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Rear View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Side View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Side View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Top View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Top View
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Badge
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Badge

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Safety

Just because the MX-5 Miata is a compact sports car does not mean it is compact on the safety options being provided.
Mazda has made the I-ActiveSense driver assistance and safety technology package standard with all the trims of the 2020 MX-5 Miata. This ensures that irrespective of which trim you choose, you are always covered. If you pick up the middle-tier Club trim, the following are the safety features that the car will pack:

  • Dual front airbags
  • Side impact airbags
  • Side-impact door beams
  • 3-point seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rearview Camera
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Whew, that was a long list. While that encompasses all the basic requirements, you are sure going to put the MX-5 Miata through some rigorous and dynamic investigations to satisfy your thirst for owning one of the most fun yet economical sports convertibles out there.
To make sure that your precious jewel does not get too strained in these conditions, make sure you get the following safety add-ons as well:

  • Front Strut Tower Brace
  • Lower Arm Bar
  • Tunnel Under bars

Though you might feel like that it is not worth the investment, believe us, with the kind of vitality that the Miata has, these accessories will come in quite handy to make sure that your trusty steed remains that way in the long run.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Competition

9.0/10

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible vs Fiat 124 Spider

The spiritual twin of the Mazda MX-5 Miata is the Fiat 124 Spider. Sporting the same platform, and being made on the same factory floor, the Fiat 124 Spider is basically the MX-5 in Fiat badging. Weighing more, with a lesser performance orientation and the sensible nature creeping through, you might not be able to enjoy the 124 Spider as much as the Miata. The pure dynamism and thrill that Mazda has instilled in the MX-5 is a force to be reckoned with. But if you want something that has the sensibility of a working car, the Fiat 124 Spider might work to that avail.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible vs Mini Convertible

The Bavarians always need to find a way to get a piece of every pie. Sometimes it is directly, and sometimes it is through their English subsidiary, MINI. The MINI Convertible is the cute puppy-dog-eyed luxurious counterpart to the MX-5 Miata. It is packed with the same kind of good as all the Minis but without the theatricality of a roadster. It is more of a hatchback with the roof off and performs in the same manner. While the interiors and overall style are plush and luxurious, you do not feel much of it when you are riding it even on a long, beautiful and winding road.

2020 Mini Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible vs Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

The Strongest competitor of the lot. The pure muscle outlook to life, the Chevrolet Camaro as the convertible amplifies the experience of a powerful car that much more. Though it costs more, it makes up for the bump in price with the kind of performance it can deliver along with the comfortable seating. The roomy interiors, along with the usable trunk, makes it a complete package offering over the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Final Verdict

With the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the brand has managed to retain everything that the Miata fans hold dear and take it forward in its own charismatic way. Dynamically powered, and flamboyantly controlled, there is nothing better than this compact Sportster to keep you thrilled on those days when you want to just have fun driving around.