2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

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There’s nothing quite like the Miata. It’s iconic. A sporty roadster that is consistently counted among the top echelon of exceptionally handling vehicles. But what makes the Miata special among its peers is that it doesn't have a six-figure price tag. Quite the opposite, in fact: the base model 2020 Miata Sport starts at just $26,580. But when you go to buy a Miata, there’s numerous options. One of those options is Miata or Miata RF. What’s the difference?

Today, we’ll be looking at the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF to see what distinguishes the two models.

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Shared Performance Specs

Each 2020 Miata and Miata RF are powered by the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine. It produces 181 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed stick-shift, although a six-speed automatic is available. All models are RWD.

Miata Features

The Miata features a traditional soft top, unlike the Miata RF. However, that’s not its biggest difference. The Miata is available in three trims: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. The Sport trim is exclusive to the Miata and has no Miata RF variant. It is the entry level Miata, featuring basic amenities and an extensively comprehensive standard safety suite. The Club and (for the first time ever) the Grand Touring trim both have the available performance packages.

Miata RF Features

The Miata RF has a mechanized retractable roof, that, when stowed away, resembles a classic T-top vehicle. The RF is only available in two trims: Club and Grand Touring. Other than the power-retractable hardtop, it is identical to the soft-top Miata. The Miata RF models cost around $2,800 more than the soft-top Miata ones.

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