2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review


Beautiful, intuitive, and sporty are just three ways to describe the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. This lightweight and sporty coupe is packed with engaging qualities that will delight any style of driver. If you’re new to the Miata world, the “RF” stands for Retractable Fastback, and you’ll be amazed at how the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF’s exceptionally quiet, hard-top cabin quickly transforms into a fun, open air roadster. This is just one feature among several that will make you fall in love with this classic-style coupe. Ocean Mazda is committed to providing drivers in Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall with the best vehicle information on all our available models. Keep reading to see if the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is the right choice for you.

Performance and Handling

Inside this vehicle’s hood you’ll find a SKYACTIV®-G1 2.0-liter 4-cylinder VVT engine that packs 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. A rear-wheel drivetrain comes in either SKYACTIV®-MT1 6-speed manual or a SKYACTIV®-Drive1 6-speed Sport automatic transmission. It’s 2,455 lb. (MT) curb weight is diminutive but evenly distributed so it knows how to hug the road around corners. The aluminum alloy frame sits atop a monocoque unibody backbone chassis frame with 4-wheel independent suspension. Don’t let the lack of horsepower fool you, this coupe is built from the ground up to be peppy and handle like a dream. The light weight is also convenient when it comes to fuel-economy, with an EPA-estimated 26/35 city/hwy MPG2, so you’ll spend more time being able to cruise the back roads without worrying about your next fuel-up.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Interior Design and Available Technology

The interior of this 2-seater coupe certainly doesn’t skimp on quality in either the Club or Grand Touring trim. Leather wrapped 3-spoked steering wheel, brake handle, and shift knob are complemented with padded armrests and reclining bucket seats. Unique storage options include: one locking center console bin, back panel covered storage, and two cup holders which are also removable. While you spend the afternoon cruising along the coast with the hardtop retracted, you can enjoy listening to your favorite music with the Bose® 9-speaker audio system that comes standard. Each trim also includes AudioPilot® headrest speakers and one subwoofer.  A 7-inch MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system3 offers features like: voice command audio, HD Radio®, and the ability to connect all your favorite apps and streaming services through the vehicle’s system.

Available Safety Features

Your safety while on the road is paramount, that’s why all Mazda Miata MX-5 RF trims come standard with both dual front and side impact airbags. Side impact door beams offer extra protection in case of a side collision and included features like Blind Spot Monitoring®4 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert5 systems give you added peace of mind while travelling in heavy traffic.

Test Drive The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Today

There’s no reason why the term “classic” should ever mean “dated,” and the new Mazda Miata MX-5 RF proves that well. Sleek styling and the most innovative new technology will bring you exciting rides for years to come. Now it’s time for drivers in Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall to see for themselves. Stop by the Ocean Mazda showroom or schedule a personalized test drive today!

  1. SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation.
  2. EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.
  3. Don’t drive while distracted. Even with voice commands, only use MAZDA CONNECT™/ other devices when safe. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in motion. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Message and data rates may apply.
  4. Always check your mirrors. Be aware of the traffic around you. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.
  5. Always check your mirrors. Be aware of the traffic around you. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.