The 2018 Miata starts at $25,295, and comes with a handful of new features.

Just in time for the holidays (even though it won't go on sale until January), Mazda has rolled out a few subtle changes to its beloved MX-5 Miata for the 2018 model year. The biggest among them being the addition of features like a Dark Cherry soft top for the first time in the U.S., heated Recaro seats in the optional BBS pacakge, electric power steering, and a few others.

For 2018, customers will be able to choose between Dark Cherry and Black exclusively for the soft top, the former previously only available in the U.K. The body, meanwhile, gains new paint colors like Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, and Soul Red Crystal. Machine Gray Metallic, previously only available on the RF model, also joins the range. 

In the cabin, new interior options like Auburn-colored and Nappa leather surfaces are available in the Grand Touring model. In the Sport model, the cabin gains standard features like a Mazda Connect infotainment system, which comes with a seven-inch full-color touchscreen display, a multi-function Commander, and HD radio connectivity. The Sport trim also makes do LED headlights and taillights, cloth bucket seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake, and Bluetooth phone pairing.

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Opt for the next-up MX-5 Club model, and new heated cloth seats with red stitching have been added, and pair with standard 17-inch dark gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, a Bose nine-speaker Premium audio system, two USB ports, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic alert. The addition of the Brembo/BBS Package will tack on an extra $3,770 to the cost of your 2018 Miata, while the Brembo/BBS Recaro package adds on $4,470, and includes the aforementioned Recaro seats as the name suggests. 

Performance has also been tweaked, with the rear suspension and power steering retuned to provide even better feedback. Cabin noise has also been reduced. All told, the 2018 Miata can be had for as little as $25,295 for the base Sport model (not including $890 destination), $29,155 for the Club trim, and $30,195 for the Grand Touring. The 2018 Miata will make its way to dealers by the end of the month and will go on sale in early January.

  Six-Speed Manual Transmission Six-Speed Automatic Transmission
MX-5 Sport $25,295 $26,645
MX-5 Club $29,155 $29,755
Club Brembo / BBS Package $3,770 N/A
Club Brembo / BBS Recaro Package $4,470 N/A
MX-5 Grand Touring $30,195 $31,270

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In the spirit of the holiday season, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced design, functional and performance updates to the 2018 Mazda MX-5 soft top models, furthering MX-5’s mission to provide one of the best-driving cars in the world regardless of price point.

For 2018, customers will have the option to choose between a new Dark Cherry or Black soft top. Additionally, an Auburn-colored interior and Nappa leather seating surfaces are available in MX-5 Grand Touring models, which was previously only offered in the MX-5 RF Launch Edition.

While MX-5 is already known for its handling prowess, the soft top’s rear suspension and power steering have been retuned to provide an even more surefooted ride. These improvements also help suppress unwanted cabin noise.

As in the past, there’s an MX-5 for every kind of customer with three trim levels available. The entry-level MX-5 Sport represents the purest distillation of the MX-5 formula, while MX-5 Club is harder-edged, and MX-5 Grand Touring represents the most sophisticated option.

For 2018, MX-5 Sport adds a newly standard MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment system with 7-inch full-color touchscreen display, multi-function Commander and HD Radio connectivity. Additional features in the MX-5 Sport include LED headlights and tail lights, cloth bucket seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming, dual cupholders and one USB port to interface with the audio system. Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry is also newly standard on all models, as it was previously an option on manual-transmission-equipped models.

MX-5 Club introduces newly heated cloth seats with red stitching, and it also comes standard with 17-inch dark gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, a BOSE® 9-speaker Premium audio system, including driver and passenger headrest speakers. MX-5 Club’s upgrades over MX-5 Sport include two USB ports and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Models equipped with the six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission feature Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential and a shock tower brace.

Available for MX-5 Club models is the Brembo/BBS Package, which now includes heated, black leather-trimmed seats, replacing the standard cloth seats. The features aerodynamic side still extensions, a rear bumper skirt, forged 17-inch BBS wheels and front Brembo brakes that provide greater heat tolerances in heavy braking. The new model year also ushers in the new Brembo/BBS RECARO Package that builds on the Brembo/BBS Package and substitutes the leather-trimmed seats for heated, RECARO sport seats.

MX-5 Grand Touring comes standard with heated, leather-trimmed seats, automatic climate control, automatic on/off headlights, High Beam Control with Adaptive Front-lighting System, Lane Departure Warning, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers and additional sound absorption material in its cloth headliner, among a much longer list of creature-comfort features.

In addition to the Dark Cherry soft top and Auburn Nappa leather interior options, the 2018 MX-5 offers the newly available paint colors Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica and Soul Red Crystal. Machine Gray Metallic, which was previously only available on MX-5 RF retractable fastback models, also joins the color palette. All MX-5 models sold in the U.S. come with a quick-revving, 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine that delivers 155 horsepower. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

The 2018 MX-5 soft top begins arriving at dealerships at the end of December and will be available nationwide in January. Pricing and packaging information for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF will be announced at a later date.