2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Vs. 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Red 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and blue 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a convertible sports car with a singular purpose- pure driving pleasure at an affordable price. And boy, does it ever succeed. Pressing down on the pedal in this sleek machine floods the body with what feels like the very essence of the word “fun.”

Whereas the 2019 MX-5 Miata comes with a soft-top, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is the hard-top version of this sports convertible (RF stands for “Retractable Fastback). This type of roof provides better isolation from the outside elements, particularly noise and temperature. Some also prefer the look of this model.

Beyond the roof, are there any other differences between the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF? Well, come with us and have a look-see.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata


2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

$25,730 - $31,885 MSRP $32,345 - $34,410
Soft Top Top Power-Operated Hardtop
Sport, Club, and Grand Touring Trims Club and Grand Touring
4.59 cubic feet Trunk Capacity 4.48 cubic feet
2,337 to 2,388 pounds Curb Weight 2,453 to 2,493 pounds

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The 2019 MX-5 Miata and 2019 MX-5 Miata RF both come with the same (excellent) engine, which entails the same horsepower, torque, and fuel-economy. They have the same dimensions, and the same elegant interior. Both vehicles earn the #1 ranking among Sports Cars from well-known review aggregator U.S. News.

So how do they differ? For starters, the 2019 Miata RF kicks out the bottom trim level available on the 2019 Miata. It’s also saddled with a higher price. The power-operated hard roof is obviously the main difference, which, along with the above-mentioned benefits, brings a few detriments: it adds about 100 pounds of weight to the vehicle overall, and the trunk loses a very slight amount of space. The rear visibility is, while still good, slightly impeded with the hard top compared to the incredibly open view afforded by the soft.