I last drove a Mazda MX-5 Miata from the 2019 model year and since then not a lot has changed, but then again when it comes to the ND Mazda Miata that’s a good thing. The Miata is still small, still great to drive, and most importantly still offers a manual transmission. Since the last time I drove it in 2019, a few notable additions have been made.
For 2020 those changes included:
- Driver-assist and safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision were added as standard features
- The Grand Touring trim level(as tested for both 2019 and 2021) received the same limited-slip differential, Bilstein dampers, front shock tower brace, and stiffer suspension tuning as the Miata Club plus a bit of a price increase to cover the changes
- Polymetal Grey exterior color and grey convertible top(as shown on 2021 press car) added as options
For 2021 changes included:
- Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all trims
- Wireless Apple CarPlay standard on Grand Touring Trim
- Deep Crystal Blue hue(no extra cost) available on Grand Touring Trim
- White Nappa Leather upholstery($300 option) now available and tan and red leather options no longer available
It’s been a while since I drove the 2019 so I could not tell you the intricate details of how they are different, but as I said, the Miata is still really good. My biggest complaint with this, and every other Mazda, continues to be the inept infotainment system. Mazda says the rotary knob is supposed to keep your eyes on the road more, but I found it more distracting than anything. Also, while Wireless Apple CarPlay is great, it lags a significant amount, more than any other WIreless CarPlay system I have tried. The Miata is good enough I can forgive it though.
I drove the Miata the full week a normally do, I commuted in it, I ran errands, etc in it, and rarely thought I needed something else in that time. I even fit my hockey gear in the passenger seat. Even in traffic, it was easy enough and the clutch was never too heavy. It was just a good car.
To be honest, it’s funny that Mazda even sends these out for journalists to review and promote because here is the deal; Miata people will buy the Miata regardless if we promote it or not. If you want a new Miata, just go buy a new Miata. It’s a good car. Thanks for coming to my Jake Talk.