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Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Manual Review

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular roadsters in the industry. Having just entered a new generation for 2016, the MX-5 Miata has been refined in every way possible. On top of that, though, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF brings more upscale features and impressive performance to the roadster.

The “RF” stands for “retractable fastback” and the model is only available in Club and Grand Touring trims. The newest version of this iconic model comes with performance brakes that perfectly complement the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 155 hp.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF at Steet Pointe MazdaThe Mazda MX-5 Miata RF boasts a 0-to-60 mph time of just 6.1 seconds and runs a quarter mile in 14.8 seconds. Models equipped with a manual transmission delivers anywhere from 8.4 seconds to 10.7 seconds when it comes to 30-to-50-mph passing times. The six-speed automatic transmission cuts that time dramatically with a 3.4-second passing time.

The new MX-5 Miata RF is a sports car unlike any other. With responsive performance and pristine handling, there’s no other roadster quite like it. A distinctive design and year-round comfort make it a hard model to top, after all.

We here at Steet Ponte Mazda couldn’t be happier to see the new MX-5 Miata RF garnering such excellent reviews!

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Features

The popular Mazda MX-5 Miata is now offered in hardtop in the MX-5 Miata RF. The RF has many of the same features as the Miata with some exciting new features and fantastic looks. Set to hit showrooms in early 2017, the RF is now on sale for presale orders starting at an MSRP of $31,555.

Mazda - MX-5 Miata RF FeaturesThe RF will come in three trim levels, including the Launch Edition, the Grand Touring, and the Club. All three will be available with both manual and automatic transmission options from Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV parts lineup.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF features carry over from its soft-top counterpart, the award-winning convertible Miata, but there are a few new features drivers will love. The RF will come with a full-color 4.6-inch TFT gauge for incredible image quality, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert in the Club trim, and two new paint color options.

The Miata RF will come standard with the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system and 7-inch touchscreen with phone integration, as well as LED headlights and taillights along with other style and comfort features.

Opting for the sportier Club trim gets you aerodynamic body extensions and limited slip differential on the manual, plus a bunch of available manual-only performance upgrades like Brembo brakes and lightweight wheels.

The Grand Touring comes with leather seating surfaces, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, and Lane Departure Warning, among other features.

The One-Millionth Mazda MX-5 Now Exists, Will Tour the Globe

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata - One-Millionith Mazda MX-5As far as milestones go, making the one-millionth model of a specific car is one of the most sought-after in the automotive industry, and now Mazda can proudly claim it. As of April 22, Mazda has produced one million Mazda MX-5 vehicles.

The automaker has been producing the MX-5 since April of 1989, meaning it took just slightly more than 27 years to make one million of the popular, affordable sports car, all around the world.

Mazda is celebrating by taking the specific, one-millionth Mazda MX-5 on a tour around the world, which will start in Japan but will ultimately find a way towards all MX-5 fans.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is more popular than ever, boasting the luxury of a sports car, top-notch fuel efficiency, and signature style – all for a low price.

To learn more about the Mazda MX-5 or to take one out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Steet Ponte Mazda.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Named Best Sports Car from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports - Best Sports Car - 2016 Mazda MX-5 MiataConsumer Reports named the best cars on the market in America across ten popular categories. What does it take to be named the best by Consumer Reports? Consumer Reports puts each vehicle through extensive tests, as well as shines for reliability, safety, and owner satisfaction.

What it Takes to Be Tops:

  • Performance – each model must rank at or near the top of its class in Consumer Reports road-test scores to qualify.
  • Safety – top picks must perform effectively in a rollover and crash tests that the government conducts, or the IIHS.
  • Owner Satisfaction – Consumer Reports surveyed their subscribers about their happiness level regarding the vehicles in their garages. One question they ask is if they would buy the car again.
  • Reliability – in order to be named the Best in one of the categories, models must have an average or better predicted reliability rating based on problems reported.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata received an overall score of 79. Mazda really packs in the fun into the two-seater sports car. The MX-5 Miata combines lithe, precise handling with a crisp manual stick shift and zoomy engine that creates the ultimate driving experience.

Stop in Steet Ponte Mazda today and experience the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata for yourself!

2016 MX-5 Launch Edition Raises $50,000 for St. Jude’s

With the donation of one of the exclusive 2016 MX-5 Launch Edition models, Mazda helped raise $50,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The very special edition MX-5 was auctioned as part of the hospital’s Hope in the Hamptons fundraising event.

2016 Mazda MX-5 “We set aside one of the MX-5 Launch Editions for a special occasion such as this and when the opportunity arose to be part of the St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons event, we felt this was the perfect way to support a great charity partner,” said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda North American Operations.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does amazing things to help kids who are faced with horrible illness and we are honored to help raise money for their cause any chance we get.”

The special edition MX-5 is painted in Soul Red and matched with a Sport Tan leather interior. The model is based on the MX-5 Grand Touring and features special badging as well as a Bose® Mini SoundLink® portable stereo system and gifts from the Mazda Heritage Collection apparel line.

The donation was made possible by the Mazda Drive for Good® program, which began just two years ago and has already given more than $7.6 million and pledged over 120,000 hours of volunteer service.

Mazda MX-5 Wins the Red Dot Award

Mazda MX-5 wins the Red Dot AwardIn a world full of increasingly creative design, our own Mazda MX-5 wins the Red Dot Award of 2015 in Product Design, an award given to innovatively designed products across a wide variety of industries.

The Red Dot is the prize of the Product Design competition, the gala for which was held this year in Essen, Germany on June 29. The Red Dot Product design competition has existed since 1954, and it is highly prestigious to win a Red Dot, as this award is basically an internationally recognized quality stamp.

The Mazda MX-5 series is a favorite sports car, with its front-engine rear-wheel design giving it an attractive, athletic look and powerful engine at an affordable price point. The director of Mazda design, Kevin Rice, says that the MX-5 has always been about “creating smiles,” which he says contributed to the car’s Red Dot win.

The MX-5 is the fifth Mazda to win a Red Dot Award.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s Fuel Economy Rises 25 Percent

Thanks to SKYACTIV Technology and some nifty weight-saving techniques, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s fuel economy is estimated to be about 25 percent better than the outgoing model.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's Fuel EconomyThe EPA estimates it’ll get 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and about 30 mpg combined when equipped with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission—which is, of course, the transmission we recommend at Steet Ponte Mazda. Proper roadsters like the MX-5 Miata can only be halfway experienced with an automatic.

If you do choose the automatic, fuel economy estimates stay the same except for a 2 mpg bump on the highway. We promise we won’t judge.

Either way, the new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine with its 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque should be giving you a nice time, especially since the new MX-5 Miata has lost about 150 pounds compared to the 2015 model. So in addition to being more economical, it’ll also be faster off the line and more nimble!

2016 Mazda MX-5 Launch Edition

Mazda gave the public eye a look at its new and improved roadster at the New York Auto Show a few weeks ago, and its popularity is higher than ever. The automaker also announced that the MX-5 Launch Edition would be limited to 1,000 units in the United States. To preorder, check out the official preorder site.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Launch EditionThe MX-5 Launch Edition comes as the first new generation roadster. The special edition is expected to sell out within an hour. Last year’s 2015 MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition sold out in 10 minutes flat. All Launch Edition models will be exclusively Soul Red with a Sport Tan leather interior.

“Along with the privilege of exclusivity and being among the first 1,000 to take delivery, owners will be able to enjoy our latest entertainment, safety and luxury technologies — many of which are unique among sports cars,’’ said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations.

For those of you interested in getting one of these limited edition models, you’ll want to check out the official site, complete with countdown to when preordering begins. Preregister now so you can return once the model is officially on sale. You’ll need a $500 deposit and the full price will be announced later.

Mazda MX-5 Challenge Rivals Event Highlights New Download

Earlier this month, Mazda gave video gamers—and Mazda lovers—everywhere the opportunity to test drive the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata virtually. As part of the Mazda MX-5 Challenge Rivals Event, the Japanese carmaker set up the video game debut of the new MX-5, allowing Forza Horizon 2 players to download the new vehicle.

Mazda MX-5 Challenge Rivals EventThe new convertible is part of a four-vehicle car pack that is available on the video game to use for the open-world racing title. Joining the MX-5 are representatives from the roadsters first three generations. This includes the 1990 MX-5, which represents the NA; the turbocharged 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5, which represents the NB; and the Super 20 Concept, which represents the NC.

Along with this terrific four-vehicle pack, Forza Horizon 2 gamers will also have the opportunity to win a 2016 MX-5 of their own. The challenge runs from March 17th to April 30th, with the winner being the fastest driver in the virtual Sisteron Perimeter Sprint Circuit on the game.

If you’re interested in purchasing your own Mazda MX-5, stop in to Steet Ponte Mazda today!

Mazda Downloadable Car Pack Lets You Drive the new MX-5 in Forza Horizon 2

The all-new, fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata isn’t exactly the most expensive roadster out there. In fact, at under $25,000, it’ll be one of the coolest cars you can buy for the price.

Mazda MX-5 Miata - Mazda Downloadable Car PackUnfortunately, it’s not quite here yet. The car isn’t set to hit Steet Ponte Mazda until later this year at the earliest, and even when it does, you might not have 25 grand lying around. But you might have an Xbox, which can basically get you halfway.

On March 17th, a new Mazda downloadable car pack was made available on Forza Horizon 2 (a racing video game on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One), which includes the greatest MX-5s from 1990 all the way up to the upcoming 2016 model.

The automaker is also organizing a competition with a real-life MX-5 Miata as the ultimate reward. Those interested need to lap the virtual car around the Sisteron Perimeter Sprint Circuit, with the two fastest slated to take part in a head-to-head race in June. The winner will get his very own 2016 MX-5!