2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Manual Tested: Not Just a Fair-Weather Friend

In our eyes, this is a targa with sail panels. But since Porsche is understandably reluctant to share its registered “Targa” trademark, Mazda had to coin its own name for this version of the fourth generation MX-5 Miata. It went with RF code for “retractable fastback.” The Club RF shown in these photos is the sixth ND generation MX-5 we’ve tested and the heaviest by 46 to 120 pounds. The heaviest softtop, a Grand Touring equipped with an automatic transmission, weighed 2383 pounds. The lightest was a 2309-pound six-speed-manual Club. This six-speed RF weighed a reasonable 2429 pounds.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata RF offers a two seat convertible year round
  • The test car that was driven in this article had a base price of 32,430
  • This car is a throwback to the sports cars of old

“The RF really isn’t any quieter in normal use than the softtop MX-5.”