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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Ravishing in red

The RF is one of the most gorgeous convertibles on the market today. Prove me wrong.

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Emme Hall

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The MX-5 is Mazda's take on the two-seat roadster. Now in its 30th year and fourth generation, the Miata has been a favorite of drivers since its debut.

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The RF has a retractable hardtop that can be lowered in 13 seconds and stows away nicely without interfering with trunk space.

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A 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine pushes out 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

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Power goes to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, although an automatic is available as well.

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The car's 50/50 weight distribution makes it feel predictable in the corners and the sticky Bridgestone Potenza tires mean there is grip for days.

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Coming out of bends, the Miata won't win any straight line speed contests, but it certainly holds its own.

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Mazda isn't too concerned with things like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. However, this tester has blind-spot monitoring, which is nice to have in the RF as blind spots are huge.

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There is no glovebox in the MX-5, just a small, lockable bin between the seat backs. There really isn't a center console to speak of, either.

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Taller drivers might have a hard time fitting behind the wheel of the Miata, but the new tilt and telescoping steering wheel can at least get itself out of the way of knobby knees a bit.

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The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at under $30,000, but this RF tester comes in at $38,955.

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