MX-5 and MX-5 RF, an Affordable Sports Car!

Previously known as the Mazda Miata, the MX-5 has evolved to offer an increasingly athletic silhouette, just like its driving. The affordable convertible is a real gem in the segment!

Learn more about the Mazda MX-5 RF and ST, their handling, interior and technology.

MX-5 or MX-5 RF: The Difference Is in the Roof

First of all, it’s important to define these two versions of the MX-5. The RF variant is a recent addition born in 2016, the acronym stands for Retractable Fastback.

It differs from the original MX-5 in the design of its roof, which is a retractable hard-top. It opens in only 13 seconds and can be opened while driving at low speeds. As for the original, the ST, it is topped by a soft-top, also retractable.

What is the sportiest Mazda? Whether you choose the ST or the RF, you are dealing with the sportiest model of the brand with the Mazda MX-5. The light and agile car has been crowned the best-selling roadster in the world!

However, there are a few other distinctions between the models; the hard-top certainly adds a few pounds to the RF’s overall weight. It is also worth noting that an entry-level GS version is only offered with the slightly more affordable soft-top variant. Besides that, both are available in GS-P and GT versions.

For even more style, a Sport Package is actually available with the GS-P. The package adds:

  • 17-inch BBS wheels in black finish
  • Red brake calipers
  • Brembo front brakes
  • Nappa leather-trimmed seats

a person pointing the grey 2022 mazda mx-5 rf in the city of baie-comeau

Mazda’s MX-5: Optimized Driving with KPC Technology

Of course, the car is designed to give you fun and excitement behind the wheel. The Mazda MX-5 convertible is equipped with a 2.0 L Skyactiv-G engine with 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

For a stable ride and improved steering, the brand uses a new technology called Kinematic Posture Control (KPC). With the GS-P version, the 6-speed manual transmission is complemented by:

  • Sport suspension with Bilstein shock absorber
  • Shock tower reinforcement
  • Limited slip differential
  • Sound optimizer

A 6-speed automatic transmission is also available, with a manual mode and paddle shifters for added fun! According to Christian Wardlaw, automotive journalist for Edmunds:

There is not another rear-wheel-drive convertible that delivers the same thrills at the same price. It’s both entertaining and compliant, and it does this with a certain purity missing from more modern cars.

There’s no doubt about it, the Mazda MX-5’s popularity is well deserved!

2022 Mazda MX-5: A Refined Interior

Inside the 2022 MX-5, you’ll sit in comfortable seats designed to support you during turns, especially with the Sport Package. The GT version also offers leather seats, which can be black with grey stitching or upholstered in terracotta or pure white Nappa leather.

This top-of-the-line model also includes automatic climate control, navigation, SiriusXM Traffic Plus and Travel Link.

As for standard technology, it includes the Mazda Connect bundle with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, etc.

interior dashboard of the red 2022 mazda mx-5 convertible

Standard Safety With i-Activsense

When driving a sports car, safety remains a priority behind the wheel. That’s why Mazda Canada includes the full i-Activsense technology package as standard equipment.

This means your car monitors your blind spots, rear cross traffic, lane departure and helps you brake when you need to. The GT version can even identify traffic signs around you!

In short, the 2022 Mazda MX-5 is a car that is both sporty and affordable, refined and safe. Here are its specs and prices:




Price et versions

GS: $35,250

GS-P: $39,250

GT: $42,350

GS-P: $42,250

GT: $45,350





2.0 L, 4 cylinders


181 horsepower/151 lb-ft


6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

Find your Mazda MX-5 for sale at your dealer and garage in Baie-Comeau on the Côte-Nord near Pointe-Lebel and Chute-aux-Outardes. The next generation of the MX-5 will be an electric Mazda: stay tuned!

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Posted , on Jul 14, 2022