2013 Mazda MX-5 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Welcome to Neocarsuv.com, we will provide the latest information about the Mazda MX-5. 2013 Mazda MX-5 is one brand new car from Mazda that was released in 2013. We will also review about the price, interior, exterior and engine of the 2013 Mazda MX-5.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is already undergoing a complete overhaul to enter its new generation, but the company has apparently realized the dire need for the Miata to be refreshed before it becomes completely obsolete ahead of the new generation’s debut. Launched in 2005, the third generation MX-5 (NC) received its first major update in 2008. It’s barely been touched since then, but 2013 will come with a second round of updates before the car gets canned for the new generation. The new MX-5 (known as the Roadster in Japan) has already made its officially debut and is already on sale at all Mazda dealerships throughout Japan.
Believe it or not, despite the fact that Mazda first unveiled its refreshed 2013 MX-5 Miata in July of this year, the 2012 Paris Motor Show in late September is the first time we’ve run across the iconic sports car in the metal. And so we wasted no time in filling our DSLRs with a full spate of images.
As you can see, while we eagerly await the still not that close next generation Miata, the current MX-5’s well known smiley visage has been toned down for 2013, and that’s most definitely a good thing in our books. Besides that, Mazda claims to have “throttle response and brake return.” Sounds like a nice addition to what is already a winning package.
But what have the Japanese done to entice buyers into the 2013 Mazda MX-5?… A lot more than its looks would have you believe. From the outside it’s not all that different. The happy smiling face has been given a talking to, making it more edgy up front and the front licence plate bracket has been repositioned on a new, thinner and more aerodynamic front bumper now also featuring more flare.
New alloy wheel designs are available for the base model roadster coupe, which starts from $47,280 ($80 more than before). The rear is pretty much identical while the interior has seen a colour change that has removed the chrome highlights for a darker and more European look that enhances the cabin’s appeal. Nonetheless, so far as facelifts go the 2013 Mazda MX-5 is a mild update over its predecessor.
So while Mazda continues to be the dominant player in the two seater convertible segment, the Mazda MX-5 remains a favourite of ours. It provides two comfortable seats and a well designed cabin that will set the scene of many fond memories that one can only make in a convertible. For this update the folks at Mazda have worked extensively on improving the brake and accelerator feel for a refined driving experience. On the manual models the accelerator pedal is now able to distinguish between the initial hard push and the continued effort that follows. The idea is that by being able to distinguish these two inputs into separate categories, the MX-5 can better understand what the driver wants and deliver the required engine output.
2013 Mazda MX-5 Price :
Prices for the US market will be announced at a later date, but in Japan they range from 2,330,000 yen ($29,100) to 2,920,000 yen ($36,000).
+. Mazda MX-5 Pricing :
>. Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 6-sp manual transmission : $47,280
>. Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe 6-sp automatic transmission : $49,405
>. Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Sports 6-sp manual transmission : $49,885
>. Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Sports 6-sp automatic transmission : $52,010
2013 Mazda MX-5 Interior :
The 2013 model year may be the last year for the current generation MX-5, but Mazda has still offered a somewhat extensive list of updates. Changes start with the exterior where the model has received a larger front grille opening, a newly designed front fog lamp bezel, and a new front chin spoiler. Also, for the 2013 model year, Mazda is offering a new Dolphin Gray Mica exterior paint, which replaces the Metropolitan Gray Mica.
For the interior, Mazda is offering a new tan color for the genuine leather seat covers combined with black on the seat sides. As an option, customers can also opt for fabric (black), leather (tan and black), and a combination of Alcantara and black leather seat cover materials. There is also a new Glossy Dark Gray used for the decoration panel and steering wheel bezel.
2013 Mazda MX-5 Exterior :
The exterior has been redesigned to offer a more aggressive look, while the interior has received a new luxury tan color finish for the genuine leather seats. The model has also received revised characteristics of the throttle and brake booster that help improve control of the accelerator in the manual transmission models and the brakes in all models.
The simple rear wheel drive, front engine open top philosophy has been a roaring success for the Hiroshima based company, with the Mazda MX-5 having won a ton of awards in its time and gaining the status as the best selling two seater convertible sports car in the world, with over 900,000 sold to date.
Despite all its past glory, times are different now. Since the global financial crisis a few years ago, sales of two seater convertibles have literally plummeted to lows not seen during the MX-5’s long history. Nonetheless, and in credit to its appeal, the MX-5 has continued to account for at least 50 per cent of its recently shrinking segment.
On the road, it’s hard to know how much this has improved the driving feel over the previous model, but it’s pretty obvious that, despite the work, it’s still begging for more raw power and torque. The 118kW and 188Nm from the 2.0 litre engine do a good job of moving the MX-5’s 1167kg kerb weight (which is roughly 1kg less than before), but an extra 30kW and 50Nm of torque would turn the MX-5 into a proper sports car and put it in the same league of enjoyment for the enthusiasts as the 86 and BRZ.
2013 Mazda MX-5 Engine :
The 2013 Mazda MX5 has not received any changes under the hood, meaning customers will still get the usual 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that delivers a total of 170 HP and 140 lb-ft of torque, coupled to either a 5 speed or a 6 speed manual transmission. There is also a 158 HP version available only with an optional 6 speed automatic transmission.
For the 2013 model year, Mazda has also worked on improving the pedestrian’s safety. As a result, the new MX-5 has received an active bonnet that ensure that, at certain vehicle speeds, when sensors detect an impact exceeding a defined level, the rear end of the bonnet is raised. This creates a space between the bonnet and the engine which acts to absorb the energy of impact and reduces the severity of head injuries in collisions involving pedestrians.
The MX-5 Miata roadster comes in two basic configurations: a soft top or a power retractable hardtop. Three transmissions are offered, a five speed manual, a six speed manual and a six speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The only engine available, a 2.0 liter, inline four cylinder, comes in two power levels, one rated at 167 horsepower with either manual transmission, or 158 horsepower with the automatic. Standard safety equipment across the line comprises dual front airbags with passenger deactivation switch, side impact airbags, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and anti lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution.
The four cylinder 2.0 litre engine continues unchanged, pumping out 118kW of power and 188Nm of torque. Transmission choices remain as six speed automatic or manual, with the automatic’s gearing ratios allowing it to reach maximum power output at 6,700rpm, 300rpm quicker than the manual.