As Santa completes his annual trek across North America this month, the 2018 Mazda MX-5 models complete with some nifty new stuff and attractive pricing will be arriving in dealerships.
With the base MX-5 Sport starting at just MSRP $25,295, the 2018 models will offer new color choices for the soft top models (previously rumored) that includes an eye-catching Dark Cherry; an Auburn Nappa leather interior and two new premium exterior colors – Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic.
The MX-5 Club will offer black, heated leather-trimmed seats as part of a performance package and an available (additional) upgrade from the leather-trimmed to full Recaro leather seating while the base MX-5 Sport now includes the Mazda Connect infotainment system as standard.
Three available trim levels will offer a range of pricing, amenities and performance that are sure to attract a variety of drivers in 2018, says Mazda. As you would expect, the entry-level MX-5 Sport expresses the pure simplicity of the MX-5 formula, with the MX-5 Club delivering a sharper-edged experience and the MX-5 Grand Touring presenting, what Mazda calls, their ‘most sophisticated’ option.
Customers can choose between the standard Black soft top or go with the new Dark Cherry. The Auburn-colored interior and Nappa leather seating surfaces – previously offered only on the MX-5 RF Launch Edition – are now available in MX-5 Grand Touring models. An engineering retune of the rear suspension system in the soft top has improved its handling and reduced the intrusion of exterior noise to the cabin.
Three Trim Levels
The new standard Mazda Connect infotainment system on the MX-5 Sport includes a 7-inch full-color touchscreen display, multi-function Commander and HD Radio connectivity. Other features in the lineup – starting with the MX-5 Sport – include LED headlights and tail lights, cloth bucket seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming, dual cupholders and one USB port to interface with the audio system. The Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry is also newly standard on all models.
Moving up to the MX-5 Club you get heated cloth seats with red stitching, standard 17-inch dark gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, and a Bose 9-speaker Premium audio system with driver and passenger speakers in the headrests. Also included are two USB ports and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
If you opt for the six-speed manual transmission, the MX-5 Club includes Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential and a shock tower brace to enhance the manual transmission drive experience.
At the MX-5 Grand Touring Level, you get standard heated, leather-trimmed seats, automatic climate control, automatic on/off headlights, High Beam Control with Adaptive Front-lighting System, Lane Departure Warning, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers and additional sound absorption material in its cloth headliner and more.
All MX-5 models sold in the U.S. come with the Mazda quick-revving, 2.0-liter engine that delivers 155 horsepower. Power is routed to the rear wheels via the six-speed six-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Colors include a newly available Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic – previously only available on MX-5 RF retractable fastback model.
The 2018 MX-5 soft top models begin arriving at dealerships late in December with full availability across the country by end of January.
Pricing for the 2018 MX-5 soft top models:
- MX-5 Sport MSRP $25,295 six-speed manual and $26,645 for the six-speed automatic.
- MX-5 Club MSRP $29,155 six-speed manual and $29,755 six-speed automatic.
- MX-5 Grand Touring MSRP $30,195 six-speed manual and $31,270 six-speed automatic.
Packages and Options
There are two packages available for the MX-5 Club models.
A Brembo/BBS Package, which includes heated, black leather-trimmed seats, replacing the standard cloth seats. It also features aerodynamic side still extensions, a rear bumper skirt, forged 17-inch BBS wheels and front Brembo brakes – MSRP $3,770.
An additional Brembo/BBS RECARO Package can be added to Brembo/BBS Package that upgrades the leather-trimmed seats to heated, RECARO sport seats – MSRP $4,470.
Auburn Nappa Leather seating upgrade – $300
Premium paint colors: Soul Red Crystal -$595, Machine Gray Metallic – $300 and Snowflake White Pearl Mica – $200.