2017 Mazda MX-5 RF trades a little edge for a lot of sexy
4:12

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF trades a little edge for a lot of sexy

Cars
[MUSIC] This is the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RS, an often numeric jumble that basically means this Miata's rocking Mazda's new retractable fastback. Looking hella good doing it. [MUSIC] Now, the fast back refers to the coup roof line that flows the hard top smoothly into the short rear deck with this sort of buttress structure. Now, the entire top is not retractable. Only the center aluminum section and the rear glass Z fold underneath the main roof section in about 13 seconds at the touch of a button. And because it all fits into the same well that the Roadster's rag top does, it doesn't even intrude into the trunk when stowed. Seeing it in action and seeing it with the top down, you could almost call this a Mazda MX-5 Targa. But don't worry, you may hear from Porsche's lawyers. [NOISE] The hard top, its motors and all the mechanics add about 113 pounds to the MX5 [UNKNOWN] weight, a little bit of extra security when parked, and a whole lot of noise reduction at highway speeds. Now, I haven't done any instrument tests, but I've spent a lot of time in Miatas and this is easily the quietest one I've been in, top up or top down. Now, the quieter cabin means that you can enjoy the good sounds a lot better. things like the Bose audio system, which you don't have to crank all the way up to obscene volumes to appreciate. That premium audio system with its head rest mounted speakers is easily the best part of the MX5's cabin tech suite, which includes Mazda connect infotainment, which is kind of about as bare bones as entertainment navigation gets, while still checking most of the right boxes The Bose audio is nice but the best sounds come out of the tail pipe and the sky active powertrain. Under the hood you will find the same 2 liter,155 horsepower, 148 pound foot engine that powers the roadster. It's the same rear wheel drive six speed manual transmission and it's just as much fun here to wind up and let go on a bit of twisty road. There's also a. Six speed automatic option, but come on, really? [MUSIC] We've also got a couple of driver aid features, including things like lane departure alert and blind spot monitoring. Now that's probably overkill on safety tech for a spartan sports car like this, but I find that I do like the blind spot monitoring. Especially because the RF's blind spots don't go away Once the top goes down. Mazda's made some changes to the suspension to compensate for the additional weight, so this car ends up a little bit softer and a little bit smoother on the transitions relative to the sharper roadster. However, outside of a race track, I very seriously doubt that most people will notice the difference. And on a twisty bit of Country road like this it feels pretty much the same. It's just as much fun. [UNKNOWN] has always been a car that's more fun to chuck around a corner at 45 miles per hour than more powerful sports cars at around 60. And this is no exception. However, I still recommend to enthusiasts, and prefer for myself the Roadster. It's lighter and it has an available limited slip differential, which makes a difference in performance on the track. Plus, when I put my top down, I want it to go all the way down, if you know what I mean. No? Whatever. [NOISE] [MUSIC] So the MX-5 RS is a little bit more comfortable, slightly softer, much sexier looking version of Mazda's MX-5 Roadster. It's sort of a top, top trim level for the style conscious that doesn't really trade a whole lot in terms of performance. It's a more premium car. But it also comes at a more premium price, starting at around $32,000. But that range doesn't have far to go. This top trim Grand Touring only tips the scale at $34,000, which is a small price to pay for looking this good. [MUSIC]

Up Next

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: This Big Bronco Is Here
ford-bronco-raptor-still-v1

Up Next

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: This Big Bronco Is Here

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Goes Big With 37-Inch Tires
f-150-raptor-still

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Goes Big With 37-Inch Tires

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Is a Sharp-Looking Swedish EV
volvo-c40-recharge-still

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Is a Sharp-Looking Swedish EV

EVs vs. Gas Engines: We Do the Math on Carbon Emissions
evs-exposed-still

EVs vs. Gas Engines: We Do the Math on Carbon Emissions

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Breaks Away From the Cafe, and Onto the 1980s GP Grid
yamaha-still

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Breaks Away From the Cafe, and Onto the 1980s GP Grid

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts
nissan-z-2023-first-drive-holdingstill-cms

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!
gt4-e-perf-still

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport
land-rover-range-rover-sport-fl-still-v1

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy
sierra-at4x-still

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press
yt-x-ray-scanning-v4

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?
ev-credits-00-08-35-16-still170

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches
watch-5-thumb

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches

When Is the iPhone Flip Going to Come Out?
apple-stuff-ep-8cnet

When Is the iPhone Flip Going to Come Out?

Ask Farnoosh: Can I Afford Having a Baby in a Recession?
farnoosh-3

Ask Farnoosh: Can I Afford Having a Baby in a Recession?

Motorola Razr 2022 Arrives to Challenge the Galaxy Z Flip 4
screen-shot-2022-08-11-at-16-51-32.png

Motorola Razr 2022 Arrives to Challenge the Galaxy Z Flip 4

Most Popular All most popular

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?
ev-credits-00-08-35-16-still170

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?

Motorola Razr 2022 Arrives to Challenge the Galaxy Z Flip 4
screen-shot-2022-08-11-at-16-51-32.png

Motorola Razr 2022 Arrives to Challenge the Galaxy Z Flip 4

When Is the iPhone Flip Going to Come Out?
apple-stuff-ep-8cnet

When Is the iPhone Flip Going to Come Out?

SpyraTwo hands-on: The ultimate water gun
spyratwo-2

SpyraTwo hands-on: The ultimate water gun

Everything Announced at Samsung's Unpacked Event
samsung-unpacked-event-supercut-3

Everything Announced at Samsung's Unpacked Event

Make Your iPhone Faster by Clearing the Cache
cachecnet

Make Your iPhone Faster by Clearing the Cache

Latest Products All latest products

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches
watch-5-thumb

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Flip 3 Specs Compared
220809-yt-galaxy-z-flip-4-vs-z-flip-3-v2

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Flip 3 Specs Compared

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 First Take: Bigger Cover Screen, New Cameras
jje-9771

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 First Take: Bigger Cover Screen, New Cameras

MacOS Ventura Public Beta: The 3 Best New Features
thumb1

MacOS Ventura Public Beta: The 3 Best New Features

What You Should Know About the Nothing Phone 1
nothingphone1-cms

What You Should Know About the Nothing Phone 1

New WatchOS 9 Features Coming Soon to Apple Watch
p1050672

New WatchOS 9 Features Coming Soon to Apple Watch

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use