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Mazda MX-5 Miata is Chock Full of Tech Surprises

Mazda MX-5 Miata is Chock Full of Tech Surprises

Mazda MX-5 Miata for 2022 is here and there are a few important updates and changes for the new model year.

Mazda MX-5 Miata is introducing new handling improvement technology on the Miata. It is calling “Kinematic Posture Control” or KPC is for short. In fact, Mazda does say that KPC will “applies a very slight brake to the inner rear wheel during high-g cornering. Then, it will pull down on that corner. It will suppress the body roll. Then make the steering response more linear through tight or rough corners. In fact, there is slightly stronger braking to use when accelerating through a corner. Thus enhancing the limited-slip effect.”

Mazda Miata – Six-Speed Automatic Transmission

The six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is now only available on the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model. It was previously available on all trims. It also gets dark silver 17-inch wheels and the newly available Terracotta leather seats. The Sport and Club models can only be equipping with the six-speed manual. The Club model is equipping with a Brembo BBS Recaro package which adds Brembo brakes, 17-inch forged BBS wheels, and heated Recaro seats for $4,500

The packaging and pricing for the Mazda MX-5 Miata are massaging. Though, unlike most cars these days, Mazda is really reducing the availability of automatic transmission. You will need to head straight to the Grand Touring trim if you want the available six-speed automatic instead of the standard six-speed manual. However, it is no longer optional on Sport or Club. That will take the base price of an automatic way up to $33,315, a $4,140 increase. This is over last year’s cheapest automatic. The price increase for the RF isn’t quite that high. It is just $1,375 more. Thus since the RF trim ladder starts at the already more expensive Club level.