Just one year after arriving in all-new form as a traditional soft-top convertible, the MX-5 RF -- for retractable fastback -- debuts for 2017. The RF features a hardtop roof that tucks below the rear deck and looks similar to a Porsche 911 Targa. Club models receive blind-spot monitoring as standard.
The 2016 MX-5 is all-new this year, with virtually nothing held over with the exception of the driving philosophy behind the car. That, and the 6-speed automatic transmission.
About Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Mazda MX-5 reinvented itself just last year, becoming smaller, lighter and even more efficient than its beloved predecessor. What it didn't lose is what made it so celebrated upon debuting nearly three decades ago: nimble, zesty driving manners that can't help making anyone with a pulse smile. Long known simply as the Miata, Mazda has perfected the formula for a modern-day roadster: It's small, lightweight, rear-wheel drive and has one of the best manual transmissions money can buy (an automatic is optional, and to some devotees, sacrilegious). Even with almost no direct competitors in its price range outside the platform-sharing Fiat 124, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 continues to improve, now offering the MX-5 RF with its retracting hardtop roof.