2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata debuts with a sandy paint


I wish its Italian cousin also continued to exist for some more time.

Mazda has updated its MX-5 Miata for 2023 for the U.S. market, with MSRP starting at $28,050. The trim lineup includes Sport, Club and Grand Touring. And of course, both soft-top and hard-top variants will continue to be offered.

Trim Transmission Soft Top RF
MX-5 Miata Sport 6-MT $28,050
MX-5 Miata Club 6-MT $31,550
MX-5 Miata Club with Brembo BBS Recaro Package 6-MT $36,050 $38,950
MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 6-MT $33,050 $35,750
6-AT $33,550 $36,300

So then, what’s new for 2023?


Well, you get the new Zircon Sand exterior paint that’s gonna be available on Club and Grand Touring trims, but you gotta pay $395 extra, which means it’s an optional color. And.. that’s pretty much it. The Kinematic Posture Control—a software-based suspension control will continue to be offered for 2023.

Standard features on the MX-5 Miata Sport include LED headlights and taillights; metallic black 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels; gloss black door mirrors; keyless entry system; cloth bucket seats; climate control; a 7-inch touchscreen; Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity; a 6-speaker audio system, and i-Activsense active safety systems such as Blind Spot Monitoring; Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; Smart City Brake Support, and Lane Departure Warning.

The Club trim upgrades the car with metallic black 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels; LED daytime running lights; trunk lid-mounted shark fin antenna; gloss black front air dam; a rear lip spoiler; black cloth seats with light gray stitching; vinyl leather material throughout the interior; wireless Apple CarPlay; SiriusXM satellite radio with a 3-month trial subscription, and a 9-speaker Bose premium audio system that includes a subwoofer and headrest speakers. But most importantly, this trim gets Bilstein dampers; a front shock tower brace, and a limited-slip differential.


The $4,500 Brembo BBS Recaro Package (available on the Club trim) gets you red-painted Brembo front calipers; red-painted rear calipers; dark gunmetal 17-inch BBS forged wheels; an Aero Kit (side sill extensions and a rear bumper skirt), and of course, heated Recaro sport seats.

The Grand Touring trades the Club’s gloss black front air dam and rear lip spoiler for dark silver 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels; body-colored heated door mirrors with auto-dim driver’s door mirror, and door sill plates. The headlights feature an automatic on-and-off function and the windshield wipers are rain-sensing. Terracotta Nappa leather seats are an upgradable option to the MX-5 Miata Grand Touring’s standard black leather seats. Furthermore, the dark interior accents are exchanged for bright silver finishes. Additional safety features for this model include an Adaptive Front-lighting System, High Beam Control, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

For the U.S. market, the MX-5 Miata continues to be powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Skyactiv-G naturally aspirated petrol engine that pumps out 135 kW (181 bhp/184 metric hp) at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. A 6-speed gearbox (can be MT/AT) drives the rear wheels.

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