The timing on this couldn’t have been more coincidental.
On Tuesday I published a piece in which I wrote about Mazda’s poor option & group packaging on the MX-5 Miata. How it’s a shame that you can’t get an LSD with heated seats or vice-versa. Well… yesterday the automaker announced that changes are being made for the 2018 model year. After many complaints from buyers and reviewers alike, Mazda has done what the people asked of it and is giving them what they want.
What’s changing on the Miata option packaging, and how does this affect desirability of certain trim levels? Read on to find out.
I do have to commend Mazda for listening to the people and responding so well. Very often we complain that automakers build what they think the buying public wants but what is actually just ever-so off-target, and the car goes about its lifecycle without changes being made to tailor to said buyers’ wants. But not Mazda: for the 2018 model year, the Miata is now available with a more thorough slew of available options, finally making for some redundancy but still with enough difference between each individual tier for each to justify its own existence.
First and most prominently, heated and leather-trimmed seats are available on the Club trim when choosing the Brembo/BBS package. This was a sorely missed option when going from GT down to Club. Stepping up to the Brembo/BBS Recaro package includes– you guessed it– Recaro seats that are also heated, and while the comfort of these will have to be tested (the questionable Recaros in Ford’s ST products come to mind), it’s still unquestionably a nice touch that makes the car just that much more well rounded. Mazda realized that just because you want a limited slip differential doesn’t mean you don’t want heated seats. Props to them for acknowledging such and making a quick turnaround on the matter. Clearly they must have been listening to me.
No mention is made of the thicker, more insulated top being available (or standard) on the Club, but there is a new choice of roof color: Dark Cherry. The deep red certainly classes up the car and makes for a nice way to offset both the darker and lighter paints. Likewise, a new Auburn Nappa leather interior is there for your choosing, as are two exterior colors in Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic.
As far as I’m concerned, and your opinion may and very likely will vary, but a Club with the Brembo/BBS package and the heated/leather seats that come with it is as perfect a Miata as has every been sold. Even the base Club with the cloth heated seats is genuinely appealing. Actually, I take back my first claim: the base Club with heated cloth seats is the way I’d go. Comfortable, heated seats and a limited slip-diff…in terms of options, what more could you want in an MX-5?
Even the Sport trim, the most basic of Miatas, sees improvements on the equipment front: Mazda Connect is now present, as is keyless entry.
Mechanically, it sounds like the Miata is largely unchanged. That is by no means a bad thing. The press release mentions a re-tuned suspension and power steering unit, but so long as they’re not monumental changes we’ll be just as happy driving the little roadster.
These updates only make the Miata that much more appealing.