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Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

When we compare the Mazda MX-5 Miata to the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and overall quality score. The Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mazda MX-5 Miata RF have the same fuel efficiency base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Mazda MX-5 Miata versus the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a better car than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Mazda MX-5 Miata versus Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Mazda MX-5 Miata ranges from $24,965 to $33,998 while a used Mazda MX-5 Miata RF from the same model year range is priced between $27,247 to $35,998. For a new model, the Mazda MX-5 Miata's price is between $29,370 and $37,485, with the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF priced between $36,364 and $40,402.

Mazda MX-5 Miata versus Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Mazda MX-5 Miata is 7.9 out of 10 while the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF's quality rating is 6.7 out of 10. This results in the Mazda MX-5 Miata being ranked 1 out of 9 Best Convertibles and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF being ranked 5 out of 9. Out of 14 Best Sports Cars, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is ranked 14 and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is ranked 9.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the base engine of both the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF makes 181 horsepower. Both the MX-5 Miata and the MX-5 Miata RF are rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 405 miles. Both models use premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mazda MX-5 Miata RF are comparable in regards to front shoulder room and front leg room.

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2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,370 - $37,485

Used Asking Price:

$24,965 - $33,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

31.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,364 - $40,402

Used Asking Price:

$27,247 - $35,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

32%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.2 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

6.7 / 10

Reliability:

6.3 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 14
1 / 9
1 / 9
1 / 4
2 / 14
2 / 9
4 / 14
4 / 6

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 14
3 / 9
5 / 9
5 / 9
9 / 14
9 / 14

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Sport, Club, Grand Touring

Trim Levels

Club, Grand Touring

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

181 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque:

151 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.077 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

181 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque:

151 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.074 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 34 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

309 / 405 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 34 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

309 / 405 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

52.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

Not yet available

Rear Leg Room:

Not yet available

Rear Shoulder Room:

Not yet available

Cargo Space:

4.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

36.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

52.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

Not yet available

Rear Leg Room:

Not yet available

Rear Shoulder Room:

Not yet available

Cargo Space:

4.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2341 lbs

Width:

68.3 inches

Height:

48.6 inches

Length:

154.1 inches

Wheelbase:

90.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2452 lbs

Width:

68.3 inches

Height:

49 inches

Length:

154.1 inches

Wheelbase:

90.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.3 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P195/50R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P205/45R17