2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF driving in the city

How does the Mazda Miata handle in the snow?

Mazda MX-5 Miata Winter Driving Guide

The Miata is iconic. It’s famous for being one of the best handling sports cars ever, making it popular for driving enthusiasts and serious racers alike. However, the Miata is also famous for being only RWD, and, as many of us know, RWD vehicles are notoriously difficult to control in the snow. This makes for an interesting question: can a RWD sports car famous for handling tackle snow?

Let’s take a look. How does the Mazda Miata handle in the snow?

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Winter Tires = Great Handling

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Despite its reputation for handling, without winter tires, the Miata doesn’t handle snow very well. Even though all-weather tires might get you through the winter on your AWD SUV or your FWD sedan, it’s not enough for the Miata. However, if you get four winter tires for your Miata, you can expect to keep that signature Miata handling, even on snow-slicked roads.

It’s important to get all four winter tires, as the Miata is a very lightweight vehicle with a 50/50 weight distribution. Making sure that the little weight the Miata has is making it to the road is imperative. Drivers need to remember that the Miata is still a RWD car, so cautious driving in inclement conditions is a must. The Miata’s low ground clearance means that you should avoid snow drifts whenever possible, no matter how shallow they look.

Taking Care of Your Miata

Here at Hall Mazda near Milwaukee, we have an in-house tire center. We have a wide selection of tires and certified technicians that will treat your Miata—or any other Mazda vehicle—right. We often run specials on our services, so be sure to check online or ask our service department about them. Also, take a peek at how to keep your Miata from rusting in the winter and how to get genuine, affordable legacy parts for your Miata.