2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: November 19, 2020

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Few budget cars get our hearts racing like a 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata for fans worldwide. It doesn’t have immense horsepower, out-and-out speed, or dazzling looks. The Miata’s charm is mostly the contrary of all that. It’s appealing because it instills the essence of the sports car: two seats, lightweight, modest, and affordable.

The  Miata convertible comes in three trims: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. It has a base price of $26,580, which goes up to $31,270. Every trim gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Miata swings along roads with the heart of a go-kart. You sit low, but the whole car is impossibly low.

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Agile handling

Punchy four-cylinder engine

Upscale interior

Many standard tech and safety features


Cramped interior and low cargo space

Frustrating infotainment system

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A new 100th-anniversary edition with pearl white paint and red interior

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vehicle bio

base price



2dr Convertible

passenger capacity



rear wheel drive

engine type


122 cu.in.


181 hp @ 7000 rpm


151 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual


suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

11/11 in.



90.9 in.


154.1 in.


68.3 in.


48.6 in.

curb weight

2341 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.


cargo volume

4.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

10330 lbs.

payload capacity

404 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy


26/30/34 mpg

highway range

404.6 mi.


basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance


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Sport $26,580 onwards

181 hp @ 7000 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | premium unleaded

  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • All door remote Keyless Entry
  • AM/FM/HD, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Manual Convertible Top
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning

Club $30,290 onwards

181 hp @ 7000 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | premium unleaded

  • 17" Black Aluminum Wheels
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Torque Vectoring

Grand Touring $31,670 onwards

181 hp @ 7000 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | premium unleaded

  • 17" Painted-Aluminum Wheels
  • 9 Speakers Bose Premium Audio System
  • Auto Dimming Mirrors
  • Automatic Front Air Conditioning
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Navigation System
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
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Bringing in all the jitters of the “fun” performance at a very affordable price is the 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible. A two-door sports coupe that has been in production for more than 30 years. The current, fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 is quite an upgrade over the last facelift.

Though rival convertibles or sports coupes like the Fiat 124 spider and Mini Cooper Convertible are generally roomier and more usable day to day life, the Miata is unmatched in its ability to let you enjoy the pleasures of driving simply.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible front view
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible rear view

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Pricing and Features


The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is being offered in three trims: the sport, club, and the grand touring. Every Miata receives a 2.0L I-4 engine cranking out a 181 HP to drag the car across the road. The engine is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission that gets the job done.

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is compact, lightweight, and fun to drive around. For the upcoming year, the company offers a snowflake white pearl body paint that looks gorgeous on this convertible.




Grand Touring





Key Features

Side airbag head extension

Bin instrument-panel storage

Day-night rearview mirror


Dual front impact airbags

Power cargo access remote release

Tilt steering wheel


Remote keyless entry

Key Fob trunk/hatch/door release

1 12V DC power outlet


Side-impact bars

Power windows

2 USB ports


Seat-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags

Driver and passenger-side visor mirrors

Passenger vanity mirror


Electronic stability

Remote keyless entry

Integrated key/remote

The base model MX-5 Miata Sport has a $26,580 starting price. Standard features include a manual-folding soft top, cloth upholstery, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, and HD Radio. The Sport also comes with several safety features, including a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata third quarter view

The midrange MX-5 Miata Club starts at $30,290. This trim adds heated seats, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an additional USB port, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, and 17-inch wheels. Models with the manual transmission get a limited-slip differential and Bilstein shock absorbers. 

The MX-5 Miata Grand Touring trim has a $31,670 MSRP. This trim adds leather upholstery, a navigation system, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, traffic sign recognition, adaptive headlights, and automatic high beams. 

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

According to a recent survey by Consumer Reports, Mazda vehicles rank the highest in quality and reliability. Using models from 2000 through 2017 to predict the reliability of 2019 models, the survey listed Mazda as the third most reliable brand. 

The Mazda MX-5 has been in production since the late ’80s and is still prevalent. What can better represent the quality and craftsmanship of the car, then the long years of service? The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is another quality vehicle added to the long list from the company and has a sturdy build that will stand the test of time. 

The latest Mazda MX-5 hasn’t been on sale for long enough to identify any reliability issues. With such a simple mechanical layout and plenty of electronic kits shared with existing models, the car should provide trouble-free motoring. However, it’s worth noting that if you plan to drive it hard – on road or track – then perishables such as brake discs, brake pads, and tires will need replacing more frequently. The JD power has a reliability score of 67 out of 100, which is above average for the segment. Also, there has been no safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

The 2020 Miata convertible has a base price of $26,580. That’s about average for the subcompact convertible. The price rises to around $33,000 for the Miata RF hardtop, which is higher than many coupe rivals like the Toyota 86 and Mini Cooper Convertible.

Pretty easy to buy, thanks to the cost-effective lease options, it is also quite pocket friendly to own. If you don’t believe us, take a look at the 5-year ownership costs of the Club trim of the 2020 MX-5 manual:


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The average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Mazda MX-5 Miata is $429, compared to an average of $456 for subcompact cars and $652 for all vehicle models.


The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible receives the standard warranty from the brand. This includes three years or 36,000 miles of limited warranty, five years or 60,000 miles of powertrain warranty and a year of roadside assistance. The company, however, does not provide any complimentary scheduled service trips.

Mazda offers similar coverage to many brands like Honda, Nissan, Toyota, GMC, and Chevrolet. However, brands like Hyundai and Volkswagen offer 5-year/60,000-mile limited coverage and 6-year/72,000-mile limited coverage, respectively.

Miles Per Dollar

For every mile you’ll make in the Mazda, you’ll be shelling out $4. According to different states, the cost of insuring a Mazda will depend on a variety of factors.

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Each trim comes standard with a 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a soft top. You can add a six-speed automatic transmission to any trim. The Club and Grand Touring trims are available with a power-retractable hardtop.

The entry-level Sport trim is a good pick for many shoppers. It retails for less than $27,000 and comes equipped with many standard tech and safety features for a sports car.

The optional Brembo/BBS Recaro package, although unlike in past years, is now tied to the Recaro performance seats. Tall drivers need not apply since the Recaros sit higher than the standard seats and make the already cramped interior even cozier.

Is buying a used Mazda MX-5 Convertible a good idea?

The Mazda MX-5 convertible is an excellent piece of automobile, and also very much affordable. The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is offered at a starting price of $26,000, which is very low considering other cars in the competition. Stick with a 2020 Miata if you want more standard safety tech than older models offer. Otherwise, consider saving money by shopping for a used model.

There have been a few critical updates since Mazda launched the fourth-generation Miata for the 2016 model year. For 2017, a Miata RF variant debuted with a power-retractable hardtop. The 2019 model gained an upgraded engine with an extra 26 horsepower, and it became the first Miata available with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. These safety features are now standard on all 2020 Miatas, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are newly available.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine and Performance


Under the hood, it has a high revving 2.0L inline-4 engine capable of oozing out a 181 HP at 151 lb-ft of torque and mated with a smooth 6-speed automatic that makes the ride even plusher. The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is not too aggressive on the road, but the engine reaches a staggering 7000rpm that gives this car a hell of a sound. 

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata engine

The gearbox and the engine work in perfect harmony to give a sweet yet adrenaline filed drive. The overall performance is not off the roof, but it is impressive for a sports car at this price bracket. 


2021 Mazda MX-5 Convertible

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

2020 Mini Convertible Cooper

2020 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible







2.0-liter SkyActiv-G I-4

1.4-liter Turbocharged I-4

1.5 liter turbocharged I-3

2.0 liter turbocharged I-4


Six-speed manual

Six-speed manual

7-speed Automated

Six-speed manual

Power ( horsepower @ rpm)

181 @ 7000

164 @ 5500

134 @ 4400

275 @ 5600

Torque ( lb-ft @ rpm)

151 @ 4000

184 @ 2500

162 @ 1250

295 @ 3000

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible beats the rest and is only second to the Chevrolet Camaro. The power on the Camaro is outrageous compared to the competition and makes even the MX-5 look like a toddler.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Convertible Acceleration And Braking Performance

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is fun to drive in the suburbs, but as they say “for the best experience,” take this car to the freeways and let it run wild. Jumping straight to the numbers, the MX-5 convertible touches the 60 mph mark in just 5.7 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile mark in only 14.4 seconds. Sure the figures aren’t the best out there, but the price this car comes in, you can’t argue.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata accelerate 0-60 mph just in 5.7 sec

Moving on to the stopping prowess, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible comes in with four ventilated disc brakes with an 11-inch rotor in both the front and the back. The car is set to halt linearly, and the brakes don’t wear out even after rigorous usage. The car stops in just 110ft, making it safer to speed without worrying about unforeseen obstacles. 


Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Club

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT

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Quarter Mile (sec)





Top Speed (MPH)





60-0 mph 





The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is a reasonably quick car and is only next to the Camaro in terms of readiness. However, in braking, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is the best in its category, and the Mini Cooper falls way behind the MX-5.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Fuel Economy


The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible emerges as a multi-talented sports car. Its lightweight chassis and the fairly robust engine creates the perfect condition for optimum fuel efficiency. The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible gives an average mpg of 26 in the suburbs, 34 on the highway, and 29 combined. The fuel tank can store up to 12 gallons of fuel and can last up to 310 miles of a drive at a stretch. This makes the 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible one of the best in its class in fuel efficiency.


2021 Mazda MX-5 Convertible

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

2020 Mini Convertible Cooper

2020 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (gallons)





Range (City/ Highway/ Combined, in miles)

309/ 405/ 345

309/ 417/ 357

325/ 418/ 360

380/ 570/ 437

The car gives out one of the best figures amongst the competition and breaks the shackles of the notion that sports cars can't give pretty mileages. The Camaro seems to be far behind in the case of the mpg but has the largest fuel tank in the bunch, giving it the maximum range amongst its competition. However, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible has great mileage and a competent mpg to work with.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior


Despite the affordable pricing, the interior sure looks premium. The car can fit in two people, and space is designed to be just for that. The seats come standard with cloth upholstery; however, leather is an option in the higher trim. The heated seats are not included in the starter pack and demand extra money for an upgrade. The car rides closer to the ground, and hence the cabin feels cramped to facilitate movement, in and out of the car.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata seats

The driver-assist features and the infotainment controls are very proximal to the driver, making them focus on the road more. The overall experience feels satisfactory for a car this affordable, the top trims get way better with the added features and comforts, and are worth investing in.


2021 Mazda MX-5 Convertible

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

2020 Mini Convertible Cooper

2020 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Seating Capacity





Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom, in inches)

37.4/ 52.2/ 43.1

37.4/ 52.1/ 43.1

39.8/ 51.0/ 41.4

38.4/ 55.0/ 43.9

Rear row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom, in inches)



39.0/ 39.7/ 30.9

33.4/ 50.3/ 29.9

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)





The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible feels spacious compared to the rivals, except the Camaro, which has two rows and is far more spacious than the MX-5. The cargo capacity of the 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is however a sorry state to watch as it gets the least trunk capacity amongst the bunch. The smaller design of the car makes it catch speed quickly and give better efficiency on the road.

How’s the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Convertible’s infotainment System

The MX-5 receives a Mazda Connect infotainment system that revolves around a 7-inch touch screen display. Moving up the trim levels, the company integrates voice commands into the infotainment system to control the basic assist features inside the cabin. Also, the car comes with a smart device integration with Android Auto and AppleCarplay

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata infotainment system

Speaking of the sound system, the grand touring trim receives a premium, bose nine-speaker speaker setup for immersive sound experience, even with the roof down. The screen only responds to touch inputs when the vehicle is still. Once in motion, you have to use the control knob.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible front seats
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible front seats
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible cockpit area
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible dashboard
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible instrument cluster
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible shift knob
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible infotainment screen

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Exterior


The Miata has a classic roadster shape, with its long hood, tidy trunk, and low-slung body. The latest Miata has been given a little attitude. From the front, it no longer wears the smiley-faced grille of the past version. In profile, it’s appropriately racy. The curved fenders give a masculine look to the car, and the svelte design improves the aero. The 17-inch wheels make the car hug the ground, which provides better balance and improved curve capabilities. 

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata third quarter view

The roof goes down instantly, and the Miata feels even more worthwhile as soon as the wind sweeps your face. The car’s aggressive design attracts attention on the roads and makes the driver look like a new baller in town. The rear fascia is as fascinating as the front, as the smooth bodylines mix up to the beautiful round LED taillights.


2021 Mazda MX-5 Convertible

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

2020 Mini Convertible Cooper

2020 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible is the lightest of the bunch that gives it an edge in agility and efficiency. The low rider gives a very sporty vibe to the passersby

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible left side view
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible front view
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible top view
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible front view
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible three quarter view
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible left side view
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata basic Convertible wheel

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Safety

Given that neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the Miata, its crashworthiness is unknown. 

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible sure is a compact car, but that does not shorten the list of the safety features. Even at this price point, the car has astounding safety features accompanied by cutting edge driver-assist features. The car comes equipped with the I-active sensor, which predicts collisions and alerts the driver beforehand. In addition to that, the lane assist feature helps the driver to keep the car steady on a line in times of low visibility. The highlights of the safety features include:

  • 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)

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Competition


2021 Mazda MX-5 Convertible vs. Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat 124 Spider has a lot in common with the Miata. Mazda builds both of these cars at the same factory. The Fiat's suspension delivers a cushier ride, and its turbocharged engine provides more low-end muscle, making it a better choice as an everyday cruiser.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider

On the other hand, the Miata rewards drivers with sharper handling and a higher-revving engine, making it a better vehicle for slicing through backroads.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Convertible vs. Mini Cooper Convertible

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 convertible leaves the mini convertible behind in almost all the criteria. The Mini's cabin is roomier, and materials are akin to what you'd find in a luxury car.

2021 Mini Cooper Convertible

The three available turbocharged engines are all efficient, with the four-cylinders delivering superior acceleration. The only drawbacks are the Mini's eye-watering price tag and what takes the Mazda MX-5 convertible to the victory line.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Final Verdict

The MX-5 has a purity that's missing from modern vehicles. Miata has been in the industry for 30 years and has qualities that made it sustain so long. The craftsmanship and build quality are unquestionably good and provide a perfect middle ground between power and efficiency. Drivers are fully engaged as the car executes their wishes with immediacy and accuracy. Its performance numbers aren't sensational, but the amount of joy it brings when driving it well is unmeasurable.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Reviews and Ratings


based on 2 ratings

8.0/10 Features
7.5/10 Interiors
9.0/10 Design
9.5/10 Safety
10.0/10 Reliability
10.0/10 Deal Value



2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overall Reviews


Charles M. Nipper

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 9, 2021

Highs and lows of Miata

Pros - Design/ Alcantara center console lid/ Easy to Park/ Convertible

Cons - Lacks utility/ No phone projection feature/ Weight distribution

Since its small, Miata happens to be the best daily car if you drive alone and don't need tons of space to store stuff . Of course a few loose ends should have tied up by Mazda, for instance, the weight distribution isn't the best I've had in my cars but the handling stays on top. No phone projections for starters, no wise storage areas, and the side mirrors are just gloss black with no appeal Not happy with the space, visibility, and features on the inside. LED headlights come in parabolic design and it? nicely fitted inside the car body. Exterior has a very nice aerodynamic body design that compliments the overall performance. Being small gets it its own disadvantages but at least they managed to give it nice lines and decent styling Lane departures assist alert me if I? unknowingly fading into another lane on the freeway, it automatically recognizes and pulls my car back to my lane. A few things like weight distribution, features for phone projection and better tires as well is what I would expect at this price poin The deal value has been almost similar to what I would have asked for except a few basic added features would have done better Great experience. Friendly staff. Comfortable environment.

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Theodore A. Laroche

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Club 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 9, 2021

A sporty and comfortable ride

Pros - Impressive engine performance, solid brakes, and relative smooth ride.

Cons - Misses out on most of the useful standard accessories, paint shows scratches easily

Its peppy, lighter, easy to handle and speeds up quickly. Stability at higher speeds is what it needs to learn though. Thankfully brakes don't fall in that category. So many useful equipment like rear spoiler, all weather floor mats etc don't make it in standard stuff Well the seats have nice mounts on sides to ensure one stays comfortable during nimble footed rides. The car looks great and with a few optional stuff like spoiler and air dam at front gives it a nice appeal The brakes are pretty quick responsive when I? trying to stop at higher speeds but the stability is what it needs to lear I've been driving this vehicle for a few months and it didn't show any major problems Competitive pricing and didn't take a hit on my credit history Everything went well. I didn't wait for long and the process was completed before I could realize

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Since its small, Miata happens to be the best daily car if you drive alone and don't need tons of space to store stuff

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