2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club has value where it counts
For 2013 Mazda has shuffled its MX-5 Miata trim levels introducing the Club trim. The MX-5 Miata Club has all of the go fast bits that a factory Miata can come equipped with and none of the items that come with any additional cost. In the past, in order to get the go-fast goodies a buyer had to include “luxury” items he or she may not want. That pushed the best handling and best performing MX-5 Miata’s price to over $30,000
Mazda MX-5 Miata Trim Levels
Mazda has built the Miata in its current form since the 2006 and a half model year. For the nearly seven years this current, third generation car has been on the market it has been offered basically two ways. For those looking for a bare-bones Miata with no regard for performance, there has always been a car. That car has been priced at about $23,000 or so. It comes with a five speed transmission, cloth seats, and smaller wheels. It is a fine automobile and for sure the best value in the Miata line. For weekend cruises at the speed limit, this car will bring miles of smiles.
Mazda has also always built a car with all the go fast bits and all the luxury items combined. This car was usually called the “Grand Touring.” This car would come with leather, keyless entry, Homelink garage door opener, heated seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Bose audio, and even automatic climate control on newer models. These are all important to a lot of buyers. However, some budget sports convertible seekers really just want the sporting elements. In order to get the important hardware for spirited driving one had to pay for these, running up the price tag.
What Enthusiast Want In a Mazda MX-5 Miata
First and foremost, the Miata buyer with spirited driving in mind wants the best suspension and the best drivetrain possible in a Miata. For that reason, the Club comes with the optional sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks. Importantly, the Club also has the limited slip (rear) differential. The Mazda MX-5 has only 167 horsepower, however, it is difficult to put all of that down, particularly in the wet, or when turning. The limited slip Diff. is needed. Similarly, the earlier cars didn’t have traction control and stability control. That feature is now included in the club package (it still can be turned off too).
MX-5 Club Exclusive Features
The larger diameter wheels are included in the Club as well, but the 17 inch alloys come with a dark finish that gives the car a tough look. Tough is a word that is not often used in describing the Miata, so take it lightly. Some aero bits are added to the Club to help differentiate the look. The rollover loops behind the seats also gets this treatment and it looks great on the car. Finishing the look is a body side trim piece and blackened mirrors.
All Miatas are fun, but Mazda has now offered buyers a choice. They can still get all the limited luxury features if they choose, but the Club offers them the enthusiast gear at about $27,500 without the burden of the higher cost the luxury items would add.