I lately hung out in a 2021 MX-5 Mazda Miata RF — you realize, the only with the retractable hardtop. With the highest up, it cuts a pleasing determine — swish and competitive, making simple the auto’s wearing intentions. And sure, I cherished it. It showed, all over again, my long-held opinion that I will have to personal one sooner or later.
However, up to I really like the glance of the RF, that’s no longer the Miata I’d purchase. I really like the MX-5’s delicate height. I really like how briefly I will be able to drop it or pop it again up even whilst sitting within the motive force’s seat. I really like the truth that even with the highest up, it seems like the convertible it’s. I additionally admire its simplicity and its added headroom. Whilst the hardtop is quieter when closed up, the delicate height is quieter with the highest down (which is the way it will have to be pushed). The ragtop may be lighter, which will have to no less than have a placebo impact when tossing this factor down dynamic roads.
After all, the delicate height variations are inexpensive. The Recreation trim begins at $27,825 (together with $995 in vacation spot charges). The Miata RF doesn’t even be offering a base Recreation trim — which is most likely the only I’d get — however begins at Membership with an MSRP of $34,040. That’s a $2,755 top rate over the soft-top Membership. Whilst the manual-equipped Membership additionally features a limited-slip differential that the Recreation trim does no longer, I don’t know if that characteristic is sufficient to make me improve.
That stated, there are some actual benefits to the RF’s hardtop. Like I stated previous, it’s quieter when closed. It’s additionally more uncomplicated to discover a comfy temperature with the tin can sealed up — the delicate height is warmer in the summertime, and less warm within the wintry weather. And along with having a look tremendous sharp with the onerous height closed, it additionally supplies extra safety. I believe, although, that any person with the need to slash the highest most likely wouldn’t thoughts breaking a window, however then again, a window is inexpensive to exchange.
Say you might be purchasing a current-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. Which height do you get?
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— John Snyder (@jbeltzsnyder)
June 10, 2021
So, I ask you, pricey readers, which roof would you select for the current-generation Miata? I’ve positioned this ballot on Twitter, however you’ll be able to additionally be happy to hold forth within the feedback for extra nuanced solutions, or anecdotes about your individual MX-5.