Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Mazda Miata RF
The one thing wrong with the Miata -- for some people -- is something Mazda just fixed. That thing is the Miata roadster's convertible top. Not everyone likes a soft top, including some people who really like the Miata.
Soft tops, though they are much improved in terms of protection from the elements, still don't offer much in the way of physical security. A switchblade grants instant access to the car -- and whatever's inside it.
But it's not just that. Convertible soft tops are harder to keep looking good; park a convertible outside in the elements for a few years and the top tends to accumulate stains that can be a pain to get rid of.
Also, some people just don't like driving with the top down. They are hardtop people.
Well, Mazda's got the Miata for them -- and maybe for you, too.
What It Is
The Retractable Fastback, or RF, is a new version of the Miata roadster. Instead of a fold-back convertible soft top, it has a sliding hardtop section. When in place, the Miata is a sport coupe with a more physically secure roof. Otherwise, the RF is functionally and mechanically identical to the soft-top Miata.
The RF's base price for the Club trim with a six-speed manual transmission is $31,555. A top-of-the-line Launch Edition with automatic transmission goes for $34,925.
The regular Miata roadster starts at $24,915 with the six-speed manual and tops out at $30,065 for a Gran Touring trim with the six-speed automatic.