Say Goodbye To The Mazda MX-5 Miata (For Now)

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While 2021 models are all but sold out, the MX-5 will return for 2022.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a universally loved machine. It's a sports car that is nearly impossible to dislike. The only way you can hate it is if you learn about its foibles, but by then, you've spent so much time driving the nimble little sports car that you've become a fan. Even if you prefer off-roading, the MX-5 has proved to be a great base for personalization in the most extreme ways. Naturally, you'll have the most fun with it while pushing your limits on the track, but it's a great daily driver too. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and now sales of the ND Miata have ended in its homeland, at least for 2021.

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Mazda Japan's website revealed the news with a message saying that "sales of the current model have been discontinued." However, "the announcement of the new model is scheduled for this winter," continues the script. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be an all-new MX-5 but rather an annual update, or possibly a slightly more substantial mid-life update referred to as the ND3.

This essentially means that the MX-5 in its current form is likely to soldier on a little longer, but we'll probably get an all-new model in 2023. So how does this news affect other markets such as ours? Well, we expect that the MX-5 Roadster and MX-5 RF that we currently have access to will get the same treatment, possibly being mildly refreshed for the 2022 model year.

Mazda confirmed pretty much exactly that, telling us that "The Mazda MX-5 Miata will return for the 2022 model year. Details will be shared in the near future."

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As such, we expect to see the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-pot of the current model return, once again producing 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. This power goes to the rear axle via either a six-speed auto that none of us would conscientiously recommend or the only option you should really consider in a car like this, namely a six-speed stick.

Unfortunately, these may be the last days of our time with such a pure sports car, as Mazda has already confirmed that the legendary Miata will become a hybrid by 2030. If you're desperate to try out a naturally aspirated Miata, you'd best start making plans to place an order soon.

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