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The Mazda MX-5 has been in the marketplace for over 30 years, and the Japanese automaker doesn’t plan to put it to bed anytime soon. The updates on the 2023 MX-5 Miata are few, but there is one simple change that we know of for the new model year.

What to expect for the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata: specs and features

The black-cloth interior of a 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club interior | Matthew Skwarczek, MotorBiscuit

The 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s looks won’t likely change for the new year, nor will its powerplant. For a refresher, the current 2022 model is powered solely by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. In our own testing, we found that this little engine powers the two-seat roadster along nicely in any driving situation.

However, there has been a lot of speculation from sites like Kelley Blue Book and Autocar that the next generation of the Mazda MX-5 will have a mild-hybrid setup.

As such, if a mild-hybrid setup is in the works, then it could do well to power this little pocket rocket from a standstill in addition to netting better fuel economy. As far as the MX-5’s feature set goes, we can’t imagine that the 2023 version will offer too much more than the current one does.

The standard base 2022 MX-5 Miata Sport features a six-speed manual transmission, a black soft top, Apple Carplay and Android Auto phone integration, 16-inch wheels, and a hefty roster of safety features. Stepping up through the trim levels will give buyers more convenient features like a Bose premium audio system, Brembo brakes, Recaro seats, and 17-inch BBS wheels.

The top-trim Touring comes with more luxurious amenities like Nappa leather seats, auto climate control, a navigation system, and adaptive headlights. This trim is also the only one available with an automatic transmission, which we expect to carry over to the 2023 model as well.

Will the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata look any different?

No, the main change to the 2023 Miata is an additional color called Zircon Sand. However, considering the current ND model has been in the market since 2016, there’s a good indication that a new generation is coming. There have also been artist renderings of what the next-gen Miata – dubbed the NE – will look like.

The cost for the 2023 Mazda MX-5 should remain largely the same

Mazda MX-5 Miata in red, which is the one sports car comes with a fuel economy over 30 mpg.
Mazda MX-5 Miata | via Getty Images

Considering the pricing for the Miata hasn’t changed much since 2017, we expect that the 2023 model’s price will only be slightly higher to remain competitive with other sports cars in the market. As of this writing, there is no official word from Mazda regarding pricing for the 2023 MX-5 Miata. However, the current 2022 MX-5 carries a starting price tag of $27,300, which can top out at $35,500 for the top-trim Grand Touring in hardtop RF spec.


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