P2,680,000 for a small car might be too much, but not if you’re talking about the ever-so-delightful Mazda MX-5 RF, especially in its top-of-the-line Club Editiontrim. It’s a two-seater sports car, so you’ll expect nothing less from its driving characteristics. It won’t be the world’s best-selling roadster for nothing, right?
However, do the Recaro and BBS upgrades offset the supposedly tech-filled car? Or more importantly, will the missing tech and safety features enough to change your mind in finally buying your dream roadster?
Technology: Seems alright with a few peculiarities
What’s included: speed-sensing door locks, automatic LEDs, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, rear parking camera with sensors, I-ELOOP, I-STOP, and a 7-inch floating infotainment system with offline navigation, Bose speakers, and rear camera.
There’s no qualm with these features included in the MX-5 RF Club Edition, but it’s important to note that the infotainment system doesn’t come with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, which are rather standard tech features these days. You can have it added via a Mazda dealer for a price, though.
Nevertheless, the infotainment works seamlessly and pairs with smartphones in a brink. Plus, the offline navigation works like a charm in providing navigational data sans traffic information.
What you won’t like: manual seat adjustment and if you’re looking for cruise control, you’ll be disappointed.
But then again, the MX-5 is a driver’s car – meaning, it’s a car that you’ll take pleasure driving in. With that in mind, it’s a moot point to look for the cruise control feature in this car. Other than that, the non-automatic windows might surprise you considering the MX-5 RF’s price point.
As or the manual seat adjustment, well, you just have to live with that, as with the I-STOP feature.
Safety: Enough for two
What’s included: Four airbags, dynamic stability control, ABS with EBD, lane departure warning, immobilizer, and seatbelt warning.
For a car that seats two, the MX-5 RF is pretty much okay in terms of safety and security features. Yes, it doesn’t haveISOFIX child seat tethers for more convenient child car seat installation, but you may do so using the usual seatbelt method. Then again, as everyone should know, a two-seater sports car isn’t really the best car to use when traveling with a child.
184 hp @ 7,000 rpm
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Club Edition AT
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
Max Output (HP)
184 hp @ 7,000 rpm
Max Torque (nm)
205 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Economy & Environment
Number of Doors
Number of Seats
Safety & Security
Front Passenger's Airbag
Auto Brake System
Electronic Brake Distribution
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
with Electronic Brake Distribution
Electronic Door Locks
Speed Sensing Door Locks
Lane Departure Warning System
Blind-Spot Detection System
Front Parking Sensors
Rear Parking Sensors
Push Start Button
Wheels Metal Type
Rotary Dial Automatic
7-inch touchscreen, CD/DVD, MP3, Aux, USB, Bluetooth and 4.6-inch full-color TFT LCD multi-info display
AUX, USB, and Bluetooth
3 years (100,000 km)
Electric Adjustable Seats
Steering Wheel Audio Control
Active Park Assist
Hill Start Assist
Tire Pressure Monitoring
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