2017 Mazda MX-5

Buyer's Guide

It's rare for a convertible to be among the best driver's cars: a fixed roof makes up a significant amount of a car's structure, and so even with a reinforced chassis, a convertible based on a coupe or sedan is almost always noticeably less solid over the road than its hardtop counterparts.

In that sense, Mazda's MX-5 benefits from having been designed as a drop-top from the start, so while it's still a bit less solid than a coupe would be, it's helped by having extra structure built in from the start.

The fourth-generation MX-5 blew our collective minds in 2016, and 2017 brings a new RF trim, a designation that stands for "retractable fastback" or, in other words, a folding hard top.

Where the third-gen's optional folding metal roof aped the profile of the soft top model, this new version lives up to the fastback moniker with flying buttresses over the rear wheels that form part of the cover the roof stows under. The new body gives this car's styling a hint of Lotus Elise, which you'll never hear us describe as a bad thing.

While the new roof gives the RF a look quite distinct from that of its soft top line mate, the two cars are the same underneath. That a 2.0L engine that sends 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

The transformation from soft to hard roof adds 56 kg with the stickshift, and 53 kg with the automatic, and Mazda engineers only had to steal three litres of cargo volume to make the metal roof fit between the seats and trunk when folded.

Where the soft top is offered in a trio of trims -- GX, GS and GT ($31,900, $35,800 and $39,200 respectively) -- the RF comes in GS and GT versions only and adds $3,000 to the price of those two trims.

Standard kit includes power side mirrors, auto-levelling LED headlights, rear window defroster, six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, air conditioning, power windows, cloth seats with manual adjustment, 16-inch wheels and tires, tire pressure monitoring and a tire repair kit.

GS models add a limited slip differential, sport suspension, 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, Mazda Connect with touchscreen display, navigation, satellite radio, leather-trimmed steering wheel, shifter and parking brake, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. A GS Sport package adds Brembo brakes, dark-finish wheels and heated Recaro leather seats.

Finally, GT models get auto-dimming rearview and driver's side mirrors, automatic high beams, nine-speaker stereo, automatic climate control and leather seats.

GT RF models can be optioned with a Grand Sport Package that brings Brembo brakes and dark-finish wheels from the GS soft top's sport package, along with leather seats and a piano black top.

Fuel consumption estimates are 8.9/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with the manual transmission, and 9.0/6.7 with the automatic.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Specifications

There are 10 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $31,900 MSRP
7.9
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
155 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 2
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Body style Coupe
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2dr Conv Auto GX $31,900 2 Coupe
2dr Conv Auto GX 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv Auto GX 154.1" 68.3" 48.6" 90.9"
2dr Conv Auto GX
2dr Conv Auto GX Cloth Seats
2dr Conv Auto GX
2dr Conv Auto GX
2dr Conv Man GX $31,900 2 Coupe
2dr Conv Man GX 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv Man GX 154.1" 68.3" 48.6" 90.9"
2dr Conv Man GX
2dr Conv Man GX Cloth Seats
2dr Conv Man GX
2dr Conv Man GX
2dr Conv Auto GS $35,800 2 Coupe
2dr Conv Auto GS 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv Auto GS 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
2dr Conv Auto GS
2dr Conv Auto GS Cloth Seats
2dr Conv Auto GS
2dr Conv Auto GS
2dr Conv Man GS $35,800 2 Coupe
2dr Conv Man GS 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv Man GS 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
2dr Conv Man GS
2dr Conv Man GS N/A
2dr Conv Man GS
2dr Conv Man GS
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GS $38,800 2 Coupe
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GS 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GS 154.1" 68.3" 49" 90.9"
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GS
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GS Cloth Seats
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GS
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GS
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GS $38,800 2 Coupe
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GS 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GS 154.1" 68.3" 49" 90.9"
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GS
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GS N/A
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GS
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GS
2dr Conv Auto GT $39,200 2 Coupe
2dr Conv Auto GT 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv Auto GT 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
2dr Conv Auto GT
2dr Conv Auto GT Leather Seats
2dr Conv Auto GT
2dr Conv Auto GT
2dr Conv Man GT $39,200 2 Coupe
2dr Conv Man GT 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv Man GT 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
2dr Conv Man GT
2dr Conv Man GT Leather Seats
2dr Conv Man GT
2dr Conv Man GT
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GT $42,200 2 Coupe
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GT 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GT 154.1" 68.3" 49" 90.9"
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GT
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GT Leather Seats
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GT
2dr Retractable Fastback Auto GT
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GT $42,200 2 Coupe
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GT 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GT 154.1" 68.3" 49" 90.9"
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GT
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GT Leather Seats
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GT
2dr Retractable Fastback Man GT

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