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The Mazda Miata is the king among roadsters, and it has been for quite some time. When you think of a small, sporty, and stylish convertible, images of the Miata are sure to come to mind. You can feel the wind in your hair and taste the salt in the breeze just by looking at a picture of this smart roadster. However, even iconic vehicles need to freshen up their image, and that’s exactly what Mazda is doing. The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata is getting techier and gaining a little more pizzazz.

With time comes change, and Mazda is no stranger to this concept. The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata serves as a fine example, as the iconic roadster receives an array of updates. However, unlike the negative connotation that remark usually brings with it, the changes for the MX-5 Miata are only for the better. Like a fine wine, aging looks good for this convertible. 

However, new features often come at a higher cost. According to a Mazda press release, buyers will see a slight increase in price for the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Regardless, intrigued drivers likely won’t bat an eye at the extra cash considering the new options that arrive for 2021.

So, what exactly should buyers expect with the new and improved Miata? Let’s take a closer look at exactly what Mazda has done to improve the Miata. Will these newly added features be enough for you to drive one off the lot? 

New features take center stage with the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

A blue 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF driving down a road
The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF in action | Photo via Mazda

The Miata is a pure roadster that puts total emphasis on driving dynamics. That doesn’t mean that drivers can’t be treated to a good time, too. That’s why we love the new additions to the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata. 

The 2020 Miata’s infotainment system left something to be desired. While all the issues aren’t resolved, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard equipment on all models. Plus, the Grand Touring trim comes with a wireless version of Apple CarPlay. These smartphone mirroring systems allow drivers to easily access their favorite apps, music, messages, and navigation via the car’s touchscreen.

Meanwhile, buyers can choose from more design options. Mazda introduced Deep Crystal Blue as a new exterior color and White as a new interior leather color for the 2021 Miata. Notably, these hues will only be available in the Grand Touring trim, and the white leather will come with a $300 additional cost.

How much does the 2021 Miata cost? 

The Mazda Miata has always been an affordable option for those seeking sports car thrills. The 2021 iteration is no different. The 2021 Mazda MX-5 has a starting MSRP of just $26,830, and you’ll be able to enjoy the complete essence of what the roadster is all about. It comes standard with an energetic 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that kicks out 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.

As previously mentioned, you’ll need to upgrade to the Grand Touring to get wireless Apple CarPlay and the new color options. This model starts at $31,770, and it comes with a six-speed manual transmission, and you’ll need to pay $525 extra for an automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the hardtop version, dubbed the RF, starts at $34,525.

Will you be heading to the beach in this new roadster next summer? 

The technology upgrades and new color choices won’t likely be the deciding factor on whether you buy a 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The car appeals to a specific consumer base, and you’ll either love it or hate it based on your personal driving habits. However, the latest changes are undoubtedly welcome upgrades for fans of the iconic roadster. So, if you were already interested in buying a Miata, then the 2021 model might just be the most appealing version to date.