What’s the Difference Between the 2018 Mazda Miata and Miata RF?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda Miata on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 2:49 pm
mazda lineup of new vehicles with 2018 mazda miata and miata rf in front next to each other

If you’re any kind of sports car aficionado, you’ve definitely heard about the incredible Mazda Miata. The little spunky sports car from Miata has been popular with drivers for decades thanks to its fun design, exhilarating performance and terrific reliability. But, if you’re looking to get the Mazda Miata, you’ll probably notice that there’s a 2018 Mazda Miata MX-5 and 2018 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF. So, what’s the difference between the two? 

[Read More: Specs and Features of the 2018 Mazda Miata MX-5] 

As you can probably guess from their nearly identical names, there’s not much different between the 2018 Mazda Miata MX-5 and 2018 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF. They’re both sporty two-seaters that offer 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. They offer the same amount of leg room and the same amount of cargo space. But, there must be something different about them! 

Essentially, there is one key difference between the regular Miata and the Miata RF, its roof. The regular 2018 Mazda Miata is a soft cloth-top convertible, while the 2018 Mazda Miata RF is a hard-top convertible.  

The Miata RF is a hardtop convertible that also includes a mechanism for an automatic and seamless conversion from coupe to convertible. The regular, Miata, on the other hand, because it’s a cloth roof, must be converted manually. Because of this, the Mazda Miata RF is also slightly more expensive than its cloth-top sibling. 

Does the 2018 Mazda Miata Have Manual a Transmission? 

Don’t worry, though, whichever Mazda Miata you choose, you’re getting the same great performance and same exhilarating ride! Both Mazda Miata’s offer the smooth and fun SKYACTIV 6-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter. 

The manual transmission is smaller and lighter, making shifting easier and more seamless than ever whether you’re burning up a straightaway or maneuvering around tight corners! 

Want to learn more about the 2018 Mazda Miata and Miata RF? Ready to get behind the wheel of one? Contact our staff at Fairway Mazda for more information or to schedule a test drive today! 

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