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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RFView 2019 Model Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Exterior

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Overview (See Available Styles)

  • All-new model for 2017
  • Retractable hardtop folds down in 13 seconds
  • Standard Bose premium audio system
One year after being announced, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF finally makes its debut. It is the retractable “Targa” top version of the regular MX-5. The split-roof design folds behind the rear seats in a mere 13 seconds. With this heavier roof mechanism, Mazda was still able to retain the MX-5’s 50/50 weight distribution.

Three trims are available: the Club, Grand Touring, and Launch Edition.


The retractable roof gives the MX-5 RF a more exotic appearance. The new hardtop designs seamlessly flows with the fluid, organic bodylines of the original MX-5. Circular taillights and a dual-exhaust tip at the rear-end are fun and sporty. LEDs for the headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights come standard. Other standard features include sport-tuned suspension, power side mirrors, a rear spoiler and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Softer suspension and adaptive headlights are also available with Grand Touring trim. Sporty side and rear skirts, Brembo brakes, and unique 17-inch alloy wheels are also available.

Under the Hood
The MX-5 RF is powered by a 155-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Fuel economy for the manual version is an EPA-estimated 26/33 mpg city/highway. The rating raises slightly to 26/35 mpg for the automatic version.

Inside, the MX-5 RF has a quieter cabin with the roof up. Like the regular MX-5, the MX-5 RF has an upscale cloth interior with contrast stitching and Alcantara trim. The center stack features the Mazda Connect multimedia system that includes a 4.6-inch display, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and a Bose premium audio system. It can be upgraded with a navigation system. Air conditioning, power windows/locks, remote keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Leather-trim upholstery, heated seats, and automatic climate control are available as well.

Standard safety features include front and side airbags, a blindspot monitoring system, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Club trim comes with a limited slip differential.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 27 MPG
  • Highway: 34 MPG

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

31 of 32 (96%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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