What’s the Difference Between the Mazda Miata and Miata RF?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Mazda MX-5 Miata on Monday, October 28th, 2019 at 4:35 pm
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata on road through wooded area

Mazda MX-5 Miata vs Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

In a fast-paced world, the Mazda MX-5 Miata embraces the journey with impeccable performance on top of a seductive design that engages and excites. If you’re shopping for a Miata of your own, you’ll want to know the ins and outs of the lineup to find the right model for you. Understanding the difference between the classic Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is part of that process. Keep reading to see how these two models compare!

Soft Top vs Hard Top

The main difference between the Mazda Miata and the Mazda Miata RF is in the roof style. The regular Mazda MX-5 Miata is a soft cloth-top convertible. The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, on the other hand, is a hard-top convertible. The Miata RF offers a seamless transition from coupe to convertible with a power-retractable fastback roof that slips back and out of sight in about 13 seconds. The cloth roof on the regular Miata requires manual adjustment. The Miata RF does sacrifice a slice of trunk space to accommodate that retractable roof, but the difference isn’t significant (4.59 cubic feet vs 4.48 cubic feet).

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata rear

Red 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Side Exterior Next to the Water

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF on road


Read More: How To Raise and Lower the Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Top


Pricing & Trims

As you would expect, the Miata RF is a bit more expensive than the cloth-top variant. Pricing for the regular 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at $25,730, while the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF kicks off at $32,345. The cloth convertible top of the 2019 lineup is available in colors Black, Brown or Dark Cherry. The retractable roof panel of the 2019 Miata RF comes body-colored or in Piano Black.

The regular 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers three trim levels to choose from – Sport, Club and Grand Touring. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is available only with the Club and Grand Touring trims. Other than roof style, differences between the two lineups are minimal, with both models offering the same great performance, exhilarating drive and interior equipment.

Test Drive the Mazda MX-5 Miata in Memphis, TN!

Interested in learning more about the Mazda MX-5 Miata or MX-5 Miata RF? Drivers in the Memphis area can reach out to a Gwatney Mazda sales representative for more information or to schedule a test drive today!

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