2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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There aren’t many roadsters that generate the same degree of buzz as the Mazda MX-5 Miata. This iconic sports car returns for model year 2022 and remains cherished among driving aficionados thanks to its stimulating performance, exceptional weight distribution (a near perfect 50/50 balance), and ultra-smooth handling. Not only that, but this ever-popular two-seat convertible also attracts significant attention with its sensational good looks and upscale interior.

Some exciting new changes have been implemented for this latest version. First off, the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with a brand-new technology called Kinematic Posture Control, which provides greater stability through tight corners thanks to the slight brake pressure that’s automatically applied to the inner wheel. The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata also more staunchly advocates its six-speed manual transmission in that the six-speed automatic is no longer offered with the Sport and Club trim levels. Last, a Platinum Quartz Metallic exterior paint color and Terracotta Nappa leather seats are now available.

Trims and Performance

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a two-passenger soft-top convertible available in Sport, Club, and Grand Touring trim levels (a retractable hard-top model, the RF, is available as well, but only in Club and Grand Touring trims). Their 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 181 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque and is matched to a standard six-speed manual transmission (the only trim that’s eligible for a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is the Grand Touring). The EPA estimates that the manual gearbox models achieve 26 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway, while those with the automatic get 26 city/35 highway.

Trim-Specific Amenities

The Sport trim comes with LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a 12-volt power outlet, two USB ports, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake handle. The Club adds a torque-sensing limited-slip differential, a rear lip spoiler, a front air dam, and heated seats. The Brembo/BBS Recaro Package (available on the Club and standard on the Club RF) adds Brembo front brakes and Mazda rear brakes (both with red calipers), BBS-forged 17-inch wheels, an aero kit with side sill extensions and a black rear bumper skirt, and heated Recaro sport seats. The Grand Touring trim has automatic on/off headlights, an adaptive front lighting system, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming driver’s side and rearview mirrors, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, automatic climate control, black doorsill trim plates with stainless-steel inserts, and black leather seats (Terracotta Nappa leather is available).

Active Safety Technologies

All three trims receive an assortment of advanced safety features via Mazda’s i-Activsense technology suite: smart city brake support, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning. The Grand Touring adds traffic sign recognition and automatic high beams. Each trim also gets an E911 emergency notification system that will dispatch emergency personnel to your location if you’re in a situation where you can’t call for help on your own.


The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata has everything the driver and passenger will need to stay connected. The Sport comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes wireless Apple CarPlay, wired (plug-in) Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, voice recognition, a six-speaker audio system with driver’s-side headrest speakers, speed-sensing volume control, and HD radio. The Club gets a top-quality nine-speaker Bose audio system with driver’s and passenger’s headrest speakers and SiriusXM satellite radio, while the Grand Touring is issued navigation and a three-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.