On Road Performance of 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF

When Mazda introduced their 2018 MX-5 RF which got popular with the name “Miata” because of its tricky roof, it took no time to attract buyers across the globe especially because of its performance that people experienced behind the wheels while moving on road. What gave 2018 MX-5 RF fans something more to enjoy was the coupe option.

What’s New in the 2018 Model

As described by the Ontario Mazda dealer, the changes in the 2018 model that made the model make rounds in the dealerships all over the world is the soft top and the revised rear suspension along with a new power-steering system. To talk about the performance side, in spite of all these changes, it didn’t differ much from the test results of the 2016 and 2017 models except the enhanced smoothness and comfort.

Frame with a Lighter Power Plant

The MX-5 RF model is built upon an aluminum power plant frame clubbed with a 6-Speed Transmission which has now become is one of the major perks to be found in this vehicle.


The Miata or the Mazda MX-5 RF though might not be falling under the category of a powerful car, or a fast one, it could easily throw a tough challenge to its contemporary competitors just for being the lightest one in its class. The engine is squeezing out all its power in a smoother way delivering a better driving experience than many. The turbo engine in the 124 Spider brings out the power of Mazda building up a linear style of driving with precise throttle adjustments resulting into effortless rev-matched downshifts that one can find in manual-transmission cars.

Steering, Handling and Riding

Mazda MX-5 RF has earned the goodwill of its users for its firm rides. The handling is smoother with swift changes of direction. Thanks to the light steering that is so highly responsive while the latest driver assistance system keeps the driver aware of everything that can affect the driving including the front tires. The overall rides in this model has left no room for grumbles.


All Mazda MX-5 RF is known to stop well due to the firm pedal response. What is more remarkable is the position of the brake pedal that is kept closer to the accelerator, to get the right feel for the heel-toe downshifts especially for the manual-transmission models.

The Synchronicity

Following the 900-year-old Japanese tradition called Jinba Ittai, Mazda engineered in its vehicles the relationship between a horse and its rider where the horse steadies itself when the archer is pulled back his arrow. The MX-5 RF, being one of Mazda’s flagship vehicle, named as “a true driver’s car”, follows the same concept with perfection.

The Bottom Line

According to the Ontario Mazda dealer, the MX-5 RF from Mazda has its handling limits much higher than its class, where a sound communication is established between the driver and the vehicle. The firm grip gives an extra confidence to the driver while the progressive lean body, the balanced rear-drive chassis and the steering makes the handling smooth and its friendly behavior makes driving a breeze even for a novice.


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On Road Performance of 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF

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