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This two-seater roadster has certainly made a name for itself as an engaging car that’s fun to drive. It’s easy to imagine that a tiny car like this isn’t exactly the safest car on the road. But Mazda as a brand earned for IIHS top safety picks than any other brand this year. So how safe is the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

Is the 2020 Mazda Miata a good car?

If you’re looking for an affordable sporty car that yearns for winding roads on a fancy-free Sunday afternoon, the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a great way to go. The retractable fastback (RF) is a fantastic convertible option for those who want the versatility of a hardtop convertible. Overall, for what it is the 2020 Mazda Miata is a great car.

a press photo of a red 2020 Mazda MiX-5 Miata RF against a white backdrop
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF | Mazda

It’s definitely not going to load up the family like a Mazda SUV and provide a cushy ride for sleeping infants. But that is so not what it’s designed for. For the right person, the Miata is a near-perfect car. But how safe is the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF?

2020 safety features

According to Mazda USA, the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF hardtop convertible is loaded with safety features. With technologies such as blind-spot monitoring, a rear-cross traffic alert system, and a lane departure warning feature, the Miata is safer than ever. All of its safety features work together to help avoid collisions. All of these systems are designed to at least dampen an impact.

Mazda MX-5 RF compact sports car on display at Brussels Expo
The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

“When it comes to a transcendent driving experience, confidence is everything.”

Mazda USA

In addition to the aforementioned safety features, the 2020 Mazda Miata also has adaptive headlights that corner and adjust according to the way ahead. There’s also an automatic high-beam feature. Once you’ve driven on a dark winding road at night with and without this feature, you understand the full benefits of automatic high beams. Plus the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF safety features get the added bonus of emergency brake support at city speeds.

The 2020 Miata safety features also include traffic sign detection. This feature is actually really cool and helpful. The system spots street signs and puts them up on the dash display so that the driver doesn’t even have to turn their head.

2020 Mazda Mx-5 Miata driving around downtown
2020 Mazda Mx-5 Miata | Mazda

Mazda Miata safety ratings

The 2020 Mazda Miata safety features don’t stop short at driver assistance. There are front- and side-impact airbags. There are side-impact door beams to absorb the energy of a crash and protect the passengers too. In fact, energy absorption and displacement in the event of a collision is an integral part of the Miata’s engineering and architecture.

All this makes you feel just about as safe as possible in a hardtop convertible. However, according to Car and Driver, the Miata has yet to be tested by either the IIHS or the NHTSA. As far as actual safety ratings, the 2020 Miata RF’s got nothing. That said, while driving the 2020 Miata I felt safe. In spite of how low the car sits and how small it is, it feels solid and responsive. Plus, the safety and driver assistance features help just enough without being annoying or distracting.

LA Auto Show - 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda Miata on Display | photo by Justin L. Stewart/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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It may be safer to crash into a semi in a big SUV than a roadster. Still, we think that the 2020 Mazda Miata safety features are awesome. All of the safety features are standard across all models and trims.