The 2019 Mazda Miata that got a big power bump to 181 horsepower will be at dealerships soon, meaning its 155-HP predecessors will get the “Please, take this car” markdown treatment on lots. But, incredibly, the new and far more powerful Miata’s MSRP is only a few hundred dollars more than the 2018 car. For three decades, Mazda has had almost everything down on the Miata—a meager curb weight, an even weight distribution and the kind of road handling that makes you feel like you have a purpose in life. The company has somehow managed to keep that formula down over the years, resulting in Miatas not having a huge handling difference from generation to generation. But the one thing the factory Miata hasn’t had, aside from the Mazdaspeeds of the mid 2000s, is power. Mazda finally gave us that in the 2019 car, popping in an extra 26 HP—a seemingly small number that makes a big difference in such a light car. And while you might have thought 26 HP and the 2019 Miata’s new 7,500-rpm redline wouldn’t come cheap, you were wrong. It barely costs more than the 2018 car, and there’s no hit to the fuel economy, either. Mazda announced prices for the retractable-hardtop RF models this week, and here’s how they compare to MSRPs listed for the 2018 model year: The two lower Club trims are only $435 more for the new 181-HP Miata than they were for the 2018 car, and the higher Grand Touring… [Read full story]
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