A Used 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Is a Surprisingly Comfortable Sports Car Under $26,000

When a person takes the plunge and buys a sports car, most are in it for the speed, style, and overall performance of the engine. Comfort typically isn’t top of mind when people think about sports cars, but that doesn’t mean a speedy or athletic machine has to be a drag to sit in for hours. The designers of the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata clearly put some thought into how to make their seats surprisingly cozy. 

Learn more about the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata and its comfortable interior below.

An overview of the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been around for decades, and it has cemented itself as a favorite sportscar among many car enthusiasts. What makes this sportscar so special?

For starters, you just have to take one look at its exterior to understand why someone would find the car enthralling. Its aerodynamic and slim front complement any color you could choose, though it looks most striking in “Soul Red Crystal Metallic” or “Eternal Blue Mica.”

The interior is also fantastic, made with high-quality materials that make it look and feel high-class and luxurious. As far as infotainment goes, you’ll get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, HD radio, a six-speaker audio system, and two USB ports. You can opt to upgrade the infotainment system to include a Bose stereo system, navigation, automatic climate control, and more.

U.S. News points out that the infotainment system is intuitive for the most part, but the infotainment control center is near the shifter, so it’s a common irritation to accidentally knock the infotainment controls while shifting gears. 

Some complain about the small trunk space, but most people don’t expect their sportscar to haul around tons of large equipment anyway. 

How does the Miata perform?

The roof of the Sony Center reflects on the bonnet of the red Mazda MX-5 RF during the Mazda Spring Cocktail at Sony Centre
The Mazda MX-5 Miata | Christian Marquardt/Getty Images for Mazda

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Let’s get to the real reason people purchase sportscars: their performance. The Mazda MX-5 Miata isn’t known to have the most powerful engine compared to others in its class, but its four-cylinder engine provides up to 155-hp and feels elegant and powerful all at once. The 2018 MX-5 Miata is available in automatic and manual, but manual provides a more authentic driving experience that is sure to please. 

This car also gets incredible gas mileage with both automatic and manual transmissions, coming in at 33 MPG on the highway for manual and 33 MPG with automatic.

Plus, the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata has an above-average predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates, which helped propel it to U.S. News‘ No. 1 pick for Best Used Convertibles from $15,000 to $25,000 for 2021. 

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three trims, the Miata Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. According to Edmunds, most 2018 MX-5 Miatas are below $26,000, even for the top-of-the-line Grand Touring Trim. 

Is the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata comfortable?

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes standard with beautiful and plush cloth upholstery seats, though you can opt to upgrade your seating situation to include heated, leather-trimmed, Nappa leather-trimmed, or Recaro sport seats.

As Autobytel points out, the seating in this car isn’t just great because it has decent cushioning to support your bum. This car’s seating is great because the shapes of the seats are comfortable for your entire body and the seats provide excellent support for your legs, back, neck, and everything in between. 

Plus, the MX-5 Miata‘s seating is perfectly positioned for drivers to have total control of the wheel and gearshift without having to constantly change positions or strain too hard. 

Overall, the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata provides a masterclass on how to make a sports car comfy and cozy.