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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Can Be Yours From $25,730

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$435 seems like a small price to pay for 26 more horses

Mazda has rolled out a series of enhancements to the MX-5 Miata for 2019, not the least of which is a more potent engine. The automaker announced that much back in June. What it hadn't released until now is how much extra it would charge for the upgraded roadster, but now it has.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata carries a starting price of $25,730, which represents a modest increase of $435 over the MSRP on the 2018 model. And for that rather reasonable premium, buyers will enjoy a range of improvements – chief among them, we'd argue, being the upgraded engine.

The 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G inline-four now produces 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque – 26 hp and 3 lb-ft more than it did until now. The increased output comes courtesy of lighter pistons and rods and a larger throttle body, which also promise a better torque curve throughout the rev range and a redline raised by 700 rpm. That's good news for those who like to rev their engines, whether they opt for the manual or automatic transmission – both of which encompass six speeds. The steering column is now crafted from aluminum (to save weight) and offers more reach and tilt.

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The rearview camera (especially handy when the roof is up) now comes standard, and a host of new options and packages proliferate across the range – including a brown soft top available in the Grand Touring trim.

Of course the $25,730 MSRP is just the starting point, for the MX-5 Sport with the manual transmission. The automatic version starts at $27,080, the more focused Club model at $29,590, the more luxurious Grand Touring version at $30,780, and the Retractable Fastback (RF) at $32,345 (in Club trim). Go all-out and you could be looking at over $35k, or ten grand more than base.