2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata

MSRP $45,000 Est.

Ranked #1 in Convertible

9.4

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2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 22, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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There are very few cars out there that drive like the Mazda Miata MX-5 convertible. It has always been one of the most revered cars in the Japanese domestic market. Even after all these years, it still retains all the qualities of its predecessor. Driving the New Mazda Miata Mx-5 would make you feel like a dip into decades of glorious history. It is not very powerful or makes you go awestruck with its looks but it has all the characteristics and charm of a convertible sports car. The recipe behind the success of the new Mazda Miata is its affordable price, lightweight nature, and splendid driving dynamics. These are also the qualities that made the Mazda Miata MX-5 an icon back then.

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Pros

Engaging and pleasing to drive

One of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class

Premium interior quality

A very potent 2.0-liter engine

Cons

Restricted interior and cargo space

Cabin noise at high speeds even with the roof up

Mediocre infotainment system

What's New?

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 is speculated to have a more powerful engine and some minor interior changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

dr Convertible

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata in Deep Crystal Blue Mica color
Deep Crystal Blue Mica

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

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.9

9.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.4

Overall Rating


The party trick of this car is a 2.0 liter inline 4 engine, along with a lightweight and well-balanced chassis, it is definitely a pocket rocket made with perfection and it’s a huge bang for your buck. Despite offering impressive performance, it also impresses you with its fuel economy. Also, it is the most engaging and frolic car to drive in its class. Moreover, Mazda has also got you covered with three exciting trims on offer to choose from. The best thing about the powertrain is, it also comes with manual transmission across all the trims. The Purists would madly fall in love with the 2022 Mazda Miata MX-5. Moreover, it rivals the likes of other cars like the Ford Mustang Convertible, Mini Cooper Convertible, and Chevrolet Camaro Convertible.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Front View
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Rear View

9.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior


2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Features

9.0/10

The 2022 Mazda Miata MX-5 comes in 3 exciting trim levels which are; Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. The base trim Sport is priced at $26,830 for the manual version and $28,180 for the automatic version with a slightly better fuel economy. The Club sits in the middle and its price ranges from $30,290 to $30,890. Last but not least is the Grand Touring trim is the top rack trim which is priced at $31,770 for the manual trim to $32,795 for the automatic version. As standard, the base trim offers features like 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen, Electronic stability control, and some more features. 

The Mid trim, on the other hand, offers some additional features like 17-inch black wheels, a Black front lip, rear spoilers, heated seats, and 9 speaker Bose premium audio system. The Top Grand touring trim offers Dark gray wheels, Automatic headlights, and wipers, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a navigation system, and Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay.

Trim

Sport

Club

Grand Touring

MSRP (manual)

$26,830

$30,290

$31,770

(automatic)

$28,180

$30,890

$32,295

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

17-inch black wheels

Dark gray wheels

 

LED headlights

Black front lip and rear spoilers

Leather upholstery

 

7-inch touchscreen

Heated seats

Heated mirrors

 

Side-impact bars

Power windows

Automatic headlights and wipers

 

Seat-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags

Driver and passenger-side visor mirrors

Navigation system

 

Electronic stability

Nine-speaker Bose audio system

Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay

*2021 data used for reference

Which Trim should you buy?

Albeit, the base trim Sport trim is a good package overall, our recommendation leans more towards the Club trim which is the most value for money trim here. There is a significant difference between both these trims and it will only cost you around an extra $3500 but what get for it is all that matters. The club trim with manual transmission also comes with a shock tower brace, Limited-slip differential, Sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, and Engine sound enhancer. 

Additionally, the manual club trim offers Brembo/BBS Recaro package which gives you access to some performance parts such as Brembo front brakes with red front and rear calipers, Gray BBS wheels, Aerodynamic body kit, and Heated Recaro sport seats. Moreover, it also comes with some other packages like Appearance Package, Interior Package, and Weather Package. The Appearance package offers Side Sill Extensions and Brilliant Black Rear Bumper Skirt, the interior package offers a soul red engine oil cap with an MX-5 logo, Alloy Pedals, and Stainless Steel Door Sill Trim Plates. The Weather package, on the other hand, offers Cargo Tray, All-Weather Floor Mats, and MX-5 badge

 Release date:

The official release date of the 2022 Mazda MX-5 has not been revealed yet by the automaker. 

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The standard engine which you’ll find across all the trims is a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G Inline- 4 engine, which is capable enough for kicking out 181 hp @ 7000 RPM and 151 lb-ft of peak torque @ 4000 RPM. Moreover, it comes with a six-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, the manual transmission is the best pick here which also gives you access to a performance package as mentioned before. This duo sends all the horses and torque only to the rear wheels. Hence, it seems to be a tail-happy car. If you are a performance enthusiast, then it is the perfect sports car in its division.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Engine Bay

When it comes to performance, the Mazda Miata MX-5 offers instantaneous acceleration at your disposal with 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds, it takes only 14.4 seconds to complete the quarter-mile run and hits a top speed of 143 mph which is on par with the segment. Moreover, lightweight and a compact chassis resulting in insane handling capabilities and take high corners like a piece of cake. Also, it could easily be the best handling car with so much precision. Also, it has a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers which even enhances the handling with a stiff ride. As a result, it stabilizes the body roll considerably.

Model

Mazda MX-5 Convertible

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

MSRP

$31000

$32,655

$28900

$31500

Engine

2.0-liter SkyActiv-G I-4

2.3L turbocharged Inline-4

1.5 liter turbocharged I-3

2.0 liter turbocharged I-4

Transmission

Six-speed manual

Six-speed manual

7-speed Automatic

Six-speed manual

Drivetrain

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Power ( horsepower @ rpm)

181 @ 7000

310 hp @ 5,500 RPM

134 @ 4400

275 @ 5600

Torque ( lb-ft @ rpm)

151 @ 4000

350 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

162 @ 1250

295 @ 3000

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.7

5.6 seconds

8.2

5.4

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.4

14.1 seconds

14.7

14.2

Top Speed (MPH)

143

155 MPH

128

155

*2021 data used for reference

Comparing the competition, the numbers clearly tell that the Ford Mustang Convertible has the most powerful engine producing 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque followed by the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible producing 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and is also the second quickest off the line. It reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 5.4 seconds. The Mini Cooper Convertible is much slower than all the other cars and goes from 0-60 mph in just 8.2 seconds which is not all adequate. Also, the performance numbers of the Mini Cooper are considerably lesser than the Miata MX-5.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Fuel Economy

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Convertible is a sports car with a major focus on fuel economy as well but it still manages to stay on par with most of its rivals in this category. With a city mileage of 26 MPG and highway mileage of 34 MPG, the Mazda Miata MX-5 gives a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg and it is a sports car with relatively good fuel efficiency. Having a tank capacity of 11.9 gallons, it also gives a good range. It allows the car to traverse a distance of 309 miles in the city, 405 miles on the highway, and 345 miles when combined which seems to be pretty decent for a 2 seater sports car.

Models

Mazda MX-5 Convertible

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

MPG (City)

26

20

28

20

MPG (Highway)

34

28

36

30

MPG (Combined)

29

23

31

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

11.9

16.0

11.6

19

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined, in miles)

309/ 405/ 345

320.0/448.0/368.0

325/ 418/ 360

380/ 570/ 437

*2021 data used for reference

Overall, the Mini Convertible Cooper delivers better fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and a combined 31 mpg which makes it the most fuel-efficient car in the segment followed by the Mazda Miata MX-5 which is nearly the same as the Mini Cooper but slightly lesser by 2 mpg in terms of overall mileage. Due to its massive power output, the Ford Mustang Convertible offers the least fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg while cruising down the highway, and combined mileage of 23 mpg. The Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, on the other hand, with a large tank of 19 gallons, manages to annihilate all its rivals in terms of driving range.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior

9.9/10

The interior of the Mazda MX-5 is a combination of clean modern design cues with utmost comfort. The seats have decent space in terms of shoulder room, and legroom but because of the low roofline, this headroom is a bit restricted. However, the design used for the dashboard looks minimalistic yet elegant with clean and neat lines. The steering wheel, on the other hand, feels chunky and thick to hold. It comes with audio and calls controls as well. Furthermore, the base trim comes with cloth upholstery that looks upscale.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Seats

Nevertheless, the top Grand Touring trim gets leather-wrapped seats that look amazing and tastefully deal with. You also have an option to go for Heated Recaro sport seats in the Club trim. Coming to the interior dimensions part, This compact sports car comes with seating for 2 people. The seats, however, lack both headroom which is best suited for short people only. On the flip side, it offers a respectable shoulder room and legroom of 52.2 inches and 43.1 inches respectively. In terms of cargo space, it is not as tremendous as its rivals and offers the smallest cargo volume of only 4.6 cubic feet.

Models

Mazda MX-5 Convertible

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mini Convertible Cooper

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Seating Capacity

2

4

4

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.4/ 52.2/ 43.1

37.6/56.3/44.5

39.8/ 51.0/ 41.4

38.4/ 55.0/ 43.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

NA

35.7/44.7/30.8

39.0/ 39.7/ 30.9

33.4/ 50.3/ 29.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

4.6

11.4

7.6

7.3

*2021 data used for reference

Among the competition, the 2022 Ford Mustang Convertible has clearly the best numbers in terms of shoulder room and legroom measuring 56.3 inches and 44.5 inches. On the other side, the Mazda offers the lowest cargo space of 4.6 inches, and all the cars except the Mazda Miata MX-5 offer seating for 4 people. When it comes to cargo capacity, the Ford Mustang Convertible again comes with the largest cargo volume of 7.6 cubic feet. Some other optional and standout interior features are listed below:

  • Heated seats
  • Optional Heated Recaro sport seats
  • Telescoping Steering Column
  • Leather Gear Shifter Material
  • Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Vinyl Door Trim Insert

What’s there to keep you entertained?

All trims come with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard with a 6 speaker audio system as standard. Mazda also offers a Nine speaker Bose audio system in the Club trim.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Infotainment Screen

There’s also a navigation system with decent graphics and the infotainment screen has a smooth response. Overall the system has a good high-quality resolution, clarity, and user-friendly interface. This infotainment system is integrated with Mazda Connect with clock and steering wheel controls. Some more features that the Mazda Miata MX-5 offers in its infotainment system are:

  • Multi-function commander control
  • infotainment system voice command
  • HD Radio
  • Radio broadcast data system program information
  • SMS text message audio delivery and relay and E911 automatic emergency notification
  • Clock
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • 2 USB audio inputs

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Exterior

9.9/10

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Convertible still retains the iconic Miata design formula. Although its design is a bit old, it still looks good with some makeover in recent times and looks sportier than most of its rivals. However, the Mazda has put style over practicality in the Mazda Miata. It is small and compact and also affects the ergonomics of the passengers. Nevertheless, its compactness and lightweight nature are the major strengths of the Mazda Miata MX-5 Convertible. The headlights are subtle and look angry with stylish LED daytime running lights on the front bumper. 

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Side View

The crease lines and shape of the bonnet and the whole bodywork give it a European-styled convertible’s look and personality. The aesthetics of the taillights are simply superb. Moreover, with the roof down, it looks absolutely charming and adorable. It also offers 16-inch alloy wheels in the basic trim and comes with 17-inch alloys when moving up the trim ladder. The top-tier Grand Touring trim boasts dark gray wheels which add to the aesthetics of the car. Moreover, it is anticipated to have a new design for the wheels for the upcoming year. 

Moving forward to the dimensions part, the Mazda Miata MX-5 Convertible comes with a curb weight of 2341 lbs which is immensely lesser than all the other cars in the competition. On the other hand, it measures a length of 154.1 inches which is slightly longer than the MINI. Speaking of the width, it measures 68.3 inches and happens to be the shortest car in the segment measuring 48.8 inches. Albeit being the shortest car, it sports a decent ground clearance of 5.3 inches. Moreover, it also has an impressive wheelbase of only 90.9 inches.

Models

2022 Mazda MX-5 Convertible

Ford Mustang Convertible

2021 Mini Convertible Cooper

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Curb weight (lbs)

2341

3,642

2948

3627

Length (inches)

154.1

188.3

151.9

188.3

Width (inches)

68.3

75.4

68.0

74.7

Height (inches)

48.8

54.9

55.7

52.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

5.7

4.5

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

90.9

107.1

98.2

110.7

*2021 data used for reference

Among the competition, The Ford Mustang convertible is the longest and widest SUV by a considerable margin measuring a length of 188.3 inches and 75.4 inches. However, it has the second-longest wheelbase and loses to the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible which has a wheelbase of 110.7 inches. The Mini Cooper Convertible, on the other hand, measures a length of 151.9 inches, a width of 74.7 inches, and a height of 52.9 inches. However, the Ford Mustang offers the highest ground clearance of 5.7 inches which makes it a better car for driving on rough roads and terrains. Some other standout exterior features of the Mazda MX-5 convertible are listed below:

  • Gray BBS wheels (part of performance package)
  • Aerodynamic body kit (part of performance package)
  • 17-inch black wheels
  • Black front lip and rear spoilers
  • Upper door trim in exterior color
  • LED headlights
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • LED Brakelights
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Black Grille

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Safety

The safety of the car is the most significant factor that could make or break the deal. However, both NHTSA and IIHS have not rated the 2022 Mazda Mx-5 as well as the previous year model. Nonetheless, the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Convertible is equipped with a plethora of modern and unblemished safety features. To provide proof that it is safe, it offers a long list of advanced safety features as standard. Like every other modern car, it offers ABS and Driveline Traction Control as standard. Some other standout active and passive safety features are as follows:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Departure Warning

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Competition

2022 Mazda MX-5 Convertible Vs 2022 Ford Mustang Convertible:

Both these cars come from different families but are made to serve the same purpose, to deliver a power-packed and fun-filled driving experience behind the wheel. Given the fact that the Ford Mustang convertible is more powerful, it offers better straight-line performance but the Mazda Miata is the king when it comes to corners.

2022 Ford Mustang Convertible

Moreover, the Mustang offers better practicality and comfort with seating for 4 people. However, if you want a proper and efficient sports car, the MX-5 is the one you should go for.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Convertible Vs 2022 Mini Convertible Cooper:

The Mini Cooper Convertible is the most celebrated car in this segment and it still lives up to its name. On the upside, despite being one of the smallest cars, it can accommodate 4 passengers. It also turns out to be more fuel-efficient than the Mazda Miata MX-5 convertible.

2022 Mini Convertible Cooper

However, it loses out to the Mazda when it comes to performance and styling. Also, the Mini is more expensive than the Mazda.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Convertible Vs 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible:

Like the Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible also comes from the Muscle car family and definitely pushes out more ponies than the Mazda Mx-5 convertible but also slightly more expensive.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

The Chevrolet Camaro, however, takes a big hit in terms of fuel economy and driving dynamics due to its hefty weight and long wheelbase. In a nutshell, the Mazda Miata MX-5 is a better sports car here and the most engaging one to drive.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Final Verdict

The Mazda MX-5 Convertible is brimmed with potential and performance. It is the most desirable and affordable convertible out there in the market. It also has the take your camera phone out appeal. It retains all the best things about an affordable modern-day sports car. However, there are negatives too, it offers dismal cargo space and is very impractical to drive for tall people. Apart from that, it is very appealing to a lot of buyers because it absolutely has the essence of a sports car.