See, when you have a vehicle as iconic and well-loved as the MX-5 (nee Miata), it’s hard to revamp and redesign for new generations and model years. However, somehow Mazda has managed to keep the spirit and heritage of the MX-5 alive and well in each iteration of the vehicle that’s appeared on the streets since it was first launched in 1968. Now 50 years down the line, the Mazda MX-5 is going just as strong as ever.

While there honestly wasn’t a lot that needed to be changed on this fourth generation MX-5, Mazda engineers focused on upgrades to the powertrain as well as driving position and safety.

In terms of powertrain, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 features the same 2.0L 4-cylinder mill found in the previous model year. However, this time around Mazda engineers were able to squeeze 181 horsepower out of the unit (compared with 155 from the previous model), and between 148 and 151 lb-ft of torque.

Somehow, Mazda was also able to put the 2019 Mazda MX-5 on a diet resulting in an overall weight reduction that helps improve those performance numbers as well as fuel economy at the same time.

Mazda engineers also took to improving the manual transmission, improving the smoothness of shifts with the edition of low-inertia dual-mass engine flywheel. There’s also an Active Adaptive Shift (AAS) feature that assists when downshifting for added smoothness and ease when behind the wheel of the 2019 MX-5.

Shorter drivers rejoice: the 2019 Mazda MX-5 now features a telescopic steering wheel for optimal adjustment and placement for all sized drivers. There are also all-new seats in the MX-5 that offer up a much more comfortable seat for those long weekend cruises with the top down.

As for as exterior changes, there aren’t really any (thankfully). The 2019 Mazda MX-5 is an instantly recognizable roadster, and with good reason. Sharp, angular looks and a sporty and slightly aggressive stance set it apart on the road. New for 2019 are an available brown soft-top, as well as a wider range of colours and 16” or 17” aluminum rims.

To find out more about the 2019 Mazda MX-5 and how it might just be the perfect two-seater for you, head down to your local Atlantic Mazda to speak to one of our experts. And you will not want to miss out on a test drive, either, so make sure you book one.