The MX-5 Miata is available in Sport, Club, and Grand Touring specifications. A 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine is standard across the range, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Power is sent to the rear wheels only and a six-speed automatic transmission is available on the Grand Touring.
All models get LED lights, smart city brake support, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist, and lane departure warning. The Base Sport comes with air conditioning, cloth seats, cruise control, keyless entry with a push-button start, and a seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A six-speaker sound system is standard. The Club model adds to the driving experience thanks to a limited-slip differential, only available on the manual model. It gets some cosmetic updates to the exterior and a nine-speaker Bose sound system.
Grand Touring specification comes with leather trim, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and navigation.
The base Sport has an MSRP of just $27,650, increasing to $31,150 for the Club. The top-spec Grand Touring retails for $32,650. The prices exclude the $1,015 destination charge in the US. If you spec the automatic transmission on the Grand Touring, the price rises by $500.
There are no packages for the Sport and Grand Touring models, but the Club can be equipped with the Brembo/BBS/Recaro Package. It retails for $4,500 and adds Brembo front brakes with red calipers, red rear calipers from Mazda, BBS 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in Dark Gunmetal, side sill extensions, a rear bumper skirt in Brilliant Black, and heated Recaro sports seats.
This decision depends entirely on how much you're willing to spend and whether you intend to use it on track or not. If not, then the base Sport is outstanding. All the essential comfort, convenience, and safety features are present, and the higher trims don't add anything you need to enjoy the Miata. If you want to use it on track, we will go up to the Club trim. We don't care about the fancier sound system nor the stitching on the seats. It's that limited-slip differential we're interested in. We also like the idea of heated seats so that you can mob all year long.
If you do intend to use it on track often, the pricey Brembo/BBS/Recaro package is worth the investment. You won't feel the difference on the road, but the added side bolstering on the seats and the more powerful brakes will be put to good use on a track. At just over $37,000 including destination and premium paint, it's still remarkably good value.