2021 Mazda MX-5 Upgrades, Pricing Announced

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2021 mazda mx 5 upgrades pricing announced

The Mazda MX-5 is the automotive embodiment of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.’ Despite having gone through several generations since its debut in 1989, the Miata has remained remarkably consistent. But the industry believes there’s a subset of motorists who absolutely cannot live without vehicular connectivity and active safety technologies, even on a petite roadster that’s supposed to be focused on entirely on driver engagement.

This is why Mazda sells the luxury-oriented Grand Touring trim and has decided to continue sprucing it up for the 2021 model year. Though we cannot say this makes it the best option for everyone.

Miata owners interested in the ideal experience already know to buy the base Sport model and gradually ruin enhance it via modifications over the course of its life. Less ambitious folks will simply drop the $31,235 (including destination) on the MX-5 Club and take the factory limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, vastly superior nine-speaker Bose audio system, and heated seats. They may even splurge on the Club-exclusive package that adds Brembo performance brakes, 17-inch BBS wheels, and Recaro bucket seats.

That just leaves the Grand Touring, which offers leather upholstery, automatic climate control, integrated navigation, numerous standard safety inclusions, and heated side mirrors. It also gets those factory performance upgrades that come on the Club, minus the aforementioned Brembo-BBS-Recaro package. But if you’re more interested in racking up hundreds of miles of casual cruising than weekend track days, you probably won’t mind making the sacrifice.

For 2021, Mazda decided to give the MX-5 Grand Touring wireless Apple CarPlay and some new paint options. Crystal Blue replaces Eternal Blue on the exterior and white Nappa leather upholstery will be supplanting white-and-tan colored fabric. Pricing for the trim is also going up $100, resulting in an MSRP of $32,715 (with destination). While substantially more than the Sport trim, which has also had its price increased to $27,775, Grand Tourers come with adaptive headlights, traffic-sign recognition, automatic rain-sensing wipers, and other things the Sport has to do without.

Fortunately, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Club is holding strong at $31,235 and remains the best option for anyone who doesn’t need the plusher interior or driver assistance features.

Regardless of trim, all of the fun-loving Miata models should begin arriving at dealerships later this month — equipped with the same naturally aspirated 2.0-liter pushing 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. While not a screamer, it pairs exceptionally well with the company’s standard, short throwing six-speed manual. Those interested in an automatic with paddle shifting can expect to drop a $1,000, however.

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  • MA128 MA128 on Dec 10, 2020

    If only I had a 3rd garage bay (sigh)...

  • DungBeetle62 DungBeetle62 on Dec 11, 2020

    There's potentially an RF to replace the 2007 PRHT currently in my parking spot. I'll need to see the new blue in person, the old blue was probably my top choice. But the white interior is not happening, the wife's Lexus has "parchment" and does not coexist happily with folks who wear black pants frequently. Even that orangey-browny on the current Miata is a b!tch to keep clean, but it was the only choice that year if you wanted a black exterior.

  • Wjtinfwb Over the years I've owned 3, one LH (a Concorde) a Gen 1 300 and a Gen 2 300C "John Varvatos". The Concorde was a very nice car for the time with immense room inside and decent power from the DOHC 3.5L. But quality was awful, it spent more time in the shop than the driveway. It gave way to a Gen 1 300, OK but the V6 was underwhelming in this car compared to the Concorde but did it's job. The Gen 1's letdown was the awful interior with acres of plastic, leather that did it's best imitation of vinyl and a featureless dashboard that looked lifted from a cheaper car. My last one was a '14 300C John Varvatos with the Pentastar. Great car, sufficient power and exceptional highway mileage. The interior was much better than the original as well. It was felled by a defective instrument cluster that took over 90 days to fix and was ultimately lemon law' d back to FCA. I'd love one of the 392 powered final edition 300s but understand they're already sold out and if I had an extra 60k available, would likely choose a CPO BMW 540i for comparable money.
  • Dukeisduke Thanks Cary. Folks need to make sure they buy the correct antifreeze, since there are so many OEM-specific ones out there nowadays (Dex-Cool, Ford gold, Toyota red and pink, etc.).And sorry to hear about your family situation - my wife and I have been dealing with her 88-yo mom, moving her into independent senior living, selling her house, etc. It's a lot to deal with.
  • FreedMike Always lusted after that first-gen 300 - particularly the "Heritage Edition," which had special 300 badging and a translucent plastic steering wheel (ala the '50s and '60s "letter cars").
  • Dave M. Although the effective takeover by Daimler is pooped upon, this is one they got right. I wasn't a fan of the LHs, mostly due to reported mechanical, NVH and build quality issues, but I though Chrysler hit it out of the park with the LXs. The other hyped release that year was the Ford Five Hundred, which, while a well-built car with superior interior space, couldn't hold a candle to the 300.
  • Art Vandelay I always liked those last FWD 300's. Been ages since I've seen one on the road though. Lots of time in the RWD ones as rentals. No complaints whatsoever.