2013 - 2015 Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is already undergoing a complete overhaul to enter its new generation, but the company has apparently realized the dire need for the Miata to be refreshed before it becomes completely obsolete ahead of the new generation’s debut .

Launched in 2005, the third generation MX-5 (NC) received its first major update in 2008. It’s barely been touched since then, but 2013 will come with a second round of updates before the car gets canned for the new generation. The new MX-5 (known as the Roadster in Japan) has already made its officially debut and is already on sale at all Mazda dealerships throughout Japan.

The exterior has been redesigned to offer a more aggressive look, while the interior has received a new luxury tan color finish for the genuine leather seats. The model has also received revised characteristics of the throttle and brake booster that help improve control of the accelerator in the manual transmission models and the brakes in all models.

UPDATE 07/05/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the 2013 Mazda MX-5.

Hit the jump to read more on the 2013 Mazda MX5 Miata.

Exterior and Interior

Mazda MX-5

The 2013 model year may be the last year for the current generation MX-5, but Mazda has still offered a somewhat extensive list of updates. Changes start with the exterior where the model has received a larger front grille opening, a newly designed front fog lamp bezel, and a new front chin spoiler. Also, for the 2013 model year, Mazda is offering a new Dolphin Gray Mica exterior paint, which replaces the Metropolitan Gray Mica.

For the interior, Mazda is offering a new tan color for the genuine leather seat covers combined with black on the seat sides. As an option, customers can also opt for fabric (black), leather (tan and black), and a combination of Alcantara and black leather seat cover materials. There is also a new Glossy Dark Gray used for the decoration panel and steering wheel bezel.

Mazda ensured that there would be a focus on weight reduction by redesigning the front bumper, adding an active bonnet, new 17-inch aluminum wheels, and internal wiring.

2015

The only change for 2015 is the addition of a new 25th Anniversary Edition with special paint, interior and modified engine.

Engine

Mazda MX-5

The 2013 Mazda MX5 has not received any changes under the hood, meaning customers will still get the usual 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that delivers a total of 170 HP and 140 lb-ft of torque, coupled to either a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission. There is also a 158 HP version available only with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

What Mazda did work with was improving the acceleration control and making fine adjustments to the throttle management program. As a result, the updated MX-5 is more responsive when accelerating out of corners.

The power braking device has also been updated, so now the car is much easier to control and offers the driver an increased feel of mastery over the vehicle.

For the 2013 model year, Mazda has also worked on improving the pedestrian’s safety. As a result, the new MX-5 has received an active bonnet that ensure that, at certain vehicle speeds, when sensors detect an impact exceeding a defined level, the rear end of the bonnet is raised. This creates a space between the bonnet and the engine which acts to absorb the energy of impact and reduces the severity of head injuries in collisions involving pedestrians.

Prices

2013 Pricing

Model MSRP
Sport 5MT$23,720
Sport 6AT$25,980
Club 6MT$26,705
Club 6AT$27,305
Grand Touring 6MT$27,350
Grand Touring 6AT$28,450

2014 Pricing

Model MSRP
Sport 5MT$23,720
Sport 6AT$25,980
Club 6MT$26,905
Club 6AT$27,505
Grand Touring 6MT$27,550
Grand Touring 6AT$28,650
Club PRHT 6MT$28,665
Club PRHT 6AT$29,265
Grand PRHT Touring 6MT$29,450
Grand PRHT Touring 6AT$30,550

2015 Pricing

Model MSRP
Sport 5MT$23,970
Sport 6AT$26,230
Club 6MT$26,905
Club 6AT$27,505
Grand Touring 6MT$27,550
Grand Touring 6AT$28,650
Club PRHT 6MT$28,665
Club PRHT 6AT$29,265
Grand Touring PRHT 6MT$29,450
Grand Touring PRHT 6AT$30,550

Competition

Mazda MX-5

The new Mazda MX-5 will currently take on models like the Mini Cooper S Convertible , but in the future, the list of competitors will grow bigger with Kia planning a new small sports roadster .

The Cooper S is offered with a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a new 2.0-liter. The model is offered with high-quality materials and an extremely harmonious color scheme.

Mazda MX-5
LOVE IT
  • Improved look
  • New safety equipment
  • New color options
LEAVE IT
  • Just one engine
  • The look is still a bit old

9 comments:

Mazda can easily market this one. It has a good quality and characteristics. The sales will significantly increase for sure.

Mazda can easily market this one. It has a good quality and characteristics. The sales will significantly increase for sure.

I think this car will make a good sales in the market. Like the Mazda RX7, I think it will give customers the satisfaction they want.

There is a news about the MX-5 Convertible Car. It’s called an ultimate convertible coupe with their guaranteed wind-in-your-hair exhilaration.

There’s no news regarding the X5 seen testing in Nurburging.

Could be the next Mazda X5 is the one that apparently seen in Nurburging last winter?

Next generation of Mazda X5 sounds exciting. It should be better than its predecessors.

That’s just fine. The plan of brand new generation is a good idea. They need to make fresh innovations on this new generation. Some upgrades and enhancement in the body and cabin will do.That’s just fine. The plan of brand new generation is a good idea. They need to make fresh innovations on this new generation. Some upgrades and enhancement in the body and cabin will do.

They’ve done what is needed in this roadster. Overhauling this car to prepare for the new generation is just right. They will need to freshen up this roadster to keep it best selling convertible in the market.

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