2018 Mazda MX-5

Buyer's Guide

Mazda blew driving enthusiasts' minds in 2016 with the introduction of a fourth-generation MX-5 roadster that combined the car's legendary fun driving nature with the most refinement this tiny two-seater has ever offered.

Following the addition of a folding hardtop model for the 2017 model year, 2018 brings a raft of smaller changes that seek to further boost refinement while enhancing driving feel, safety and convenience.

Mazda says it has reduced interior noise by adding sound insulation and improved ride comfort through suspension tweaks that simultaneously make for better control in enthusiastic cornering maneuvers.

Interior quality and user-friendliness get a bump too, thanks to a new upholstered sun visor, padding inside the rear console storage box and LED lighting to make it easier to see the gauges when the headlights are switched off.

There are also a few new features and others that have been shuffled between the car's GX, GS and GT trim levels.

Starting at the bottom, the GX now comes with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, formerly limited to the upper trims. It also gains a new passive keyless entry system that is shared with those posher models.

The GS gets heated seats and side mirrors, features that last year were limited to the GT.

A limited-production 50th Anniversary Edition model boasts a Bose sound system with headrest speakers and a subwoofer, as well as a set of 17-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.

GT models can be had with a pretty dark cherry softtop in cars specified with the black leather interior, and last year's tan leather option is replaced with Nappa leather upholstery.

There are also a few new paint colours.

That's all fine and well, but what's more important to us is that this car remains one of the purest driving experiences you'll find at any price point. Its 2.0L engine may produce a modest 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, but that means you can drive this car flat out without attracting the attention of law enforcement at every turn.

A six-speed manual transmission remains part of the standard package, and it's a sweet one: the stubby shifter has a pleasantly notchy feel and the clutch is nicely weighted and easy to modulate. For those less concerned with the ultimate level of driver involvement, the option is a six-speed automatic that suits the car just fine.

A small motor also means respectable fuel consumption, estimated at 8.9/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with the stickshift, or 9.1/6.8 automatic form.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Specifications

There are 7 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $31,900 MSRP
8
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
GX Auto $31,900 2 Coupe
GX Auto 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
GX Auto 154.1" 68.3" 48.6" 90.9"
GX Auto
GX Auto Cloth Seats
GX Auto
GX Auto
GX Manual $31,900 2 Coupe
GX Manual 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
GX Manual 154.1" 68.3" 48.6" 90.9"
GX Manual
GX Manual Cloth Seats
GX Manual
GX Manual
GS Auto $36,100 2 Coupe
GS Auto 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
GS Auto 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
GS Auto
GS Auto Cloth Seats
GS Auto
GS Auto
GS Manual $36,100 2 Coupe
GS Manual 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
GS Manual 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
GS Manual
GS Manual N/A
GS Manual
GS Manual
50th Anniversary Edition Manual $37,600 2 Coupe
50th Anniversary Edition Manual 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
50th Anniversary Edition Manual 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
50th Anniversary Edition Manual
50th Anniversary Edition Manual Cloth Seats
50th Anniversary Edition Manual
50th Anniversary Edition Manual
GT Auto $39,300 2 Coupe
GT Auto 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
GT Auto 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
GT Auto
GT Auto Leather Seats
GT Auto
GT Auto
GT Manual $39,300 2 Coupe
GT Manual 155 hp @6000 rpm 148 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
GT Manual 154.1" 68.3" 48.8" 90.9"
GT Manual
GT Manual Leather Seats
GT Manual
GT Manual

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