2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT
As a person who loves to finds joy in driving, it was a dream come true when Mazda loaned us the MX-5 RF GT to test drive for a week. This was ranked convertible of the year in Auto123.com.
Disclosure: Mazda Canada provided me with the 2017 MX-5 RF GT for a week to test drive, and photograph. All photos in this blog post was taken by Don Yip & I.
- 155 HP @ 6000 and 148 lb-ft @ 4600
- Smaller engine but still has decent acceleration
- 0-60 miles/hr in 6.5 seconds
- The horsepower doesn't look that attractive on paper but in combination with the light weight body it makes up for in incredible precision.
- Smaller brakes but still brakes well due to the light weight
- Smaller tires but still handles well
- Very precise handing and controlled body roll in corners
- Light weight body makes it very agile
- does not have a firm suspension which make it good as a daily commuter
- the light weight car allows it to not need rock hard suspensions but still have good performance
- 32 MPG with mixed driving
CABIN NOISE: 6.5/10
- Quite a bit of engine noise but it makes the drive that much more exciting!
- Not that insolated, there's still quite a bit of wind noise with the hard top closed.
- KODO "Soul of Motion" Design Language
- I find the car is very attractive
- One button push retractable hard top
- Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
- Dual front and side air bags
- Side-impact door beams
- Engine immobilizer theft-deterrent system
- Driver’s and passenger’s seat-belt pretensioners with force limiters
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
- Traction Control System (TCS)
- Hill Launch Assist (HLA)
- Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring System (ABSM)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Anti-theft alarm system
INTERIOR FOR DRIVER: 8/10
- 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat
- Clutch is very responsive. It was very springy with releasing the clutch in comparison to the Honda Fit which felt like a sponge when releasing the clutch.
- The feedback with the steering wheel give you accurate feel of what the car is feeling
- Blind spots are pretty difficult for safe lane changing and reverse parking but the lane detection helps
INTERIOR FOR PASSENGERS: 6.5/10
- 2 seater vehicle that's rather cramp. Anyone taller than 6 ft or overweight will have trouble fitting into this vehicle. My friend got into the car and asked how to adjust the seat back and I had told him it was all the way back already. It was kind of comedic because it reminded me of cartoons where a huge character in a tiny car.
- 4-way manually adjustable passenger’s seat
- Lots of cheap and hard plastic to keep the weight down
INTERIOR STORAGE: 6/10
- Cargo volume 127 L
- Tiny trunk storage but this isn't a car for practicality. I am happy that it fit 2 people's worth of camera equipment!
INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM: 8/10
- Does not have Android Auto or Apple Car Play but the Mazda Connect system is very easy to use
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE 2017 MAZDA MX-5 RF GT:
Mazda's 17 MX-5 RF GT is not the most practical car, but it is no doubt a car lovers dream to drive. The steering feel is so accurate with communicating to the driver what the car is feeling. This is a car made for people who love driving and the price is affordable! I would recommend trying the soft top if you love driving. You'll save 100 lbs making the car even more agile! Personally I think the hard top looks cooler but Mazda spent all the R&D to make the vehicle as light as possible, I feel the soft top is the better option for those who just want to have the full experience of having fun on the road.