When it comes to infusing the fun factor into driving, no one does it like the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata. In fact, we named it our 2018 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice for Best Convertible.

The original MX-5 captured drivers’ attention at its 1989 Chicago debut, and has continued to do so for four generations. And while we’ve persistently praised how it handles… we’ve always wanted more power… and Mazda listened.

Engineers gave the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter I4 lighter pistons and rods and other tweaks… adding 26-ponies… now up to 181. Torque comes in earlier…and the redline goes higher… making rowing through the standard 6-gear manual even more entertaining. 

Inside the intimate cockpit there’s a first-time tilt-and-now telescoping steering wheel plus standard rearview camera. Low speed emergency braking is available too.

So while this 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata hasn’t gone through a lot of changes… they’ve done exactly what’s needed to make this great lightweight roadster even more satisfying to drive. On sale now, prices starts at under $26,000.


  • Engine: 2.0 liter
  • Horsepower: 181
  • Price: Starts under $26,000