The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a pure driving experience.  Every MX-5 Miata is engineered with our human-centric development philosophy to help instill the joy of driving. We run countless studies on human characteristics and behaviors to design a vehicle that works harmoniously with you. As a result, the MX-5 feels like an extension of your body, with more precise steering, better control, and less fatigue.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata‘s engine revs eagerly and is powerful enough to deliver stirring acceleration. Exploring the engine’s high-revving personality is encouraged by the direct, easy-to-shift manual transmission. Even the optional automatic impresses, with quick shifts and sporty programming. The soft-top model ran to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds in our testing; the slightly heavier hardtop RF model needed 5.8. Miatas ride firmly and can get bouncy when driving over a quick succession of bumps.

The mid-level Club’s firmer shocks and springs return the stiffest ride of the lineup, although no Miata rides poorly. The handling is eager, and the Miata changes direction promptly. We especially enjoy the light, tactile steering; it responds immediately and keeps the driver informed of what the front tires are doing. This is a fun car, plain and simple.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Chalk up another “W” in the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata‘s column for its lightweight. With such a small amount of cars to haul around, the 2.0-liter engine manages relatively high EPA fuel-economy numbers of 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway (with the automatic transmission) and outperforms them in the real world. On our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test route, a soft-top Grand Touring model delivered 36 mpg and a hardtop RF Club managed 37 mpg, both equipped with Mazda’s excellent six-speed-manual transmission. For more information about Miata’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

You don’t sit in a Miata so much as wear it. The cabin is a cozy fit for two adults and includes only the bare essentials. While some might categorize the interior as spare, glass-half-full types (us) appreciate the businesslike prioritization of the steering wheel, pedals, and shifter and the refreshingly basic accommodations. With few storage cubbies, not to mention a tiny trunk, the Miata barely acknowledges the need to bring along your personal effects.

Then again, its Lilliputian dimensions make few promises in the way of practicality. If you pack light, the trunk can accommodate a weekend’s worth of stuff for two. Meanwhile, the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GR 86 twins absolutely crush the Miata when it comes to cargo space; their folding rear seats allow owners to haul up to four full-size wheels and tires (for, say, a track day) between the trunk and the cabin.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata boasts a touchscreen infotainment system that is made better by an easy-to-reach control knob and hard buttons on the center console. Every Miata comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity (for both phone and streaming-audio functions), as well as a CD player. Navigation is standard on the Grand Touring and a dealer-installed accessory on Club models—added via a Mazda SD card. Also included is HD radio compatibility. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata‘s driver-assistance features are all standard. For more information about Miata’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

Photos

2022 Mazda MX5 Miata Sport Soul Red Crystal Metallic | Open Road Mazda of Morristown in Morristown NJ

Full Specifications

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible

PRICE AS TESTED: $34,980 (base price: $30,510)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block, and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 122 cu in, 1998 cc
Power: 181 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 151 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual

CHASSIS:
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 11.0-invented disc/11.0-in disc
Tires:
 Bridgestone Potenza S001, 205/45R-17 84W

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 90.9 in
Length: 154.1 in
Width: 68.3 in Height: 48.6 in
Passenger volume:  49 cu ft
Trunk volume: 5 cu ft
Curb weight: 2345 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 16.1 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 27.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 10.2 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 9.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.5 sec @ 95 mph
Top speed (drag limited, C/D est): 140 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 170 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.90 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 30 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 29/26/34 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

 

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door targa

PRICE AS TESTED
$36,350 (base price: $35,925)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 122 cu in, 1998 cc
Power: 181 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 151 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 11.0-in vented disc/11.0-in disc
Tires: Bridgestone Potenza S001, 205/45R-17 84W

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 90.0 in
Length: 154.1 in
Width: 68.3 in
Height: 49.0 in
Passenger volume: 49 cu ft
Trunk volume: 5 cu ft
Curb weight: 2484 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 6.5 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.3 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 30.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.5 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.1 sec @ 94 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 137 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 161 ft
Road holding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.90 g

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY
75-mph highway driving: 38 mpg
Highway range: 450 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 30/26/25 mpg

Previous article2024 Aston Martin Vanquish
Next article2022 Mazda MX-30

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here