But there's a good reason why.
For the 2019 model year, the Mazda MX-5 Miata was given a much-needed power boost and new standard safety tech. Inevitably, these upgrades resulted in a price increase. Starting at $25,730, the 2019 Mazda Miata's MSRP is $435 more expensive than its predecessor, which is a modest increase considering the upgraded engine has 26 more horsepower to play with.
For the 2020 model year, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is getting another price increase according to leaked order guides obtained by CarsDirect. The 2020 Miata Sport Soft-Top will start at $26,580, representing an increase of $850 compared to the 2019 model.
Opting for the RF Club Hardtop will set you back at least $33,045, which is $700 more than the 2019 model. Both prices exclude the destination charge, which hasn't been confirmed yet. Predictably, the range-topping Grand Touring trim will receive the biggest price increase. When equipped with a manual, the Grand Touring trim gets an increase of $890 for the soft-top and $1,090 for the RF.
What has caused the price increase? According to CarsDirect, more standard safety tech and suspension upgrades for manual transmission GTs are to blame. Mazda's i-ActiveSense packages currently offered on Sport and Club trims will be standard on all trims, as will blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and low-speed emergency braking assists.
Automatic high beams and traffic sign recognition will also be available on Grand Touring trims and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be fitted as standard on soft-top and hard-top Club trims and above for the first time.
Grand Touring trims equipped with a manual transmission will also receive Bilstein shock absorbers, a limited-slip differential, front shock tower braces, and a sport-tuned suspension. These upgrades were previously only available on the Club trim with manual transmission. Considering you're getting more standard tech and a sportier driving experience in the range-topping Grand Tour trim, the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata still offers exceptional value for money compared to rivals such as the Toyota 86, which doesn't include any standard driver assists.