Compare 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2-Door Convertible Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport 22 28 $22,424 $23,720
2-Door Convertible Automatic Sport 21 28 $24,559 $25,980
2-Door Convertible Manual Club 21 28 $25,433 $26,905
2-Door Convertible Automatic Club 21 28 $26,000 $27,505
2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $26,041 $27,550
2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $27,081 $28,650
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Manual Club 21 28 $27,094 $28,665
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Automatic Club 21 28 $27,661 $29,265
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $27,836 $29,450
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $28,875 $30,550
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2-Door Automatic 2.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Automatic 1.8T 24 32 $24,163 $25,170
2-Door Automatic 2.5L 21 27 $24,163 $25,170
2-Door Automatic PZEV 1.8T 24 32 $24,163 $25,170
2-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5L 21 27 $24,163 $25,170
2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Tech 24 32 $26,203 $27,295
2-Door Automatic 2.5L w/Tech 21 27 $26,203 $27,295
2-Door Automatic PZEV 1.8T w/Tech 24 32 $26,203 $27,295
2-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5L w/Tech 21 27 $26,203 $27,295
2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI 28 41 $27,739 $28,895
2-Door Automatic 1.8T w/Sound/Nav 24 32 $28,219 $29,395
2-Door Automatic 2.5L w/Sound/Nav 21 27 $28,219 $29,395
2-Door Automatic PZEV 1.8T w/Sound/Nav 24 32 $28,219 $29,395
2-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5L w/Sound/Nav 21 27 $28,219 $29,395
2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line 23 31 $28,219 $29,395
2-Door Manual PZEV 2.0T R-Line 23 31 $28,219 $29,395
2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI 28 37 $28,795 $29,995
2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI w/Sound/Nav 28 41 $28,891 $30,095
2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line 23 29 $29,275 $30,495
2-Door DSG PZEV 2.0T R-Line 23 29 $29,275 $30,495
2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sound 23 31 $29,467 $30,695
2-Door Manual PZEV 2.0T R-Line w/Sound 23 31 $29,467 $30,695
2-Door Automatic PZEV 1.8T w/Premium 24 32 $29,525 $30,755
2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI w/Sound/Nav 28 37 $29,947 $31,195
2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound 23 29 $30,523 $31,795
2-Door DSG PZEV 2.0T R-Line w/Sound 23 29 $30,523 $31,795
2-Door DSG PZEV 2.0L TDI w/Premium 28 37 $31,445 $32,755
2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav 23 31 $32,443 $33,795
2-Door Manual PZEV 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav 23 31 $32,443 $33,795
2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav 23 29 $33,499 $34,895
2-Door DSG PZEV 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav 23 29 $33,499 $34,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,424
$24,163
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,720
$25,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$395 / month
$420 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the lightest, leanest sports roadster you can buy for small-time money today--and it has a rich history of happy owners.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two-Seaters Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 -
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 39.3
Passenger Capacity
2 4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 55.3
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 43.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 81.4
Second Leg Room (in)
- 31.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.9 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
91.7 100
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 71.2
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
157.3 168.4
Height, Overall (in)
49 58
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.3 -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.7
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.4 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.7 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
30.8 35.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/50VR16 P215/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50VR16 P215/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2480 3206
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
325 330
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 140
Engine
Fuel System
MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 5000 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.5 L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
167 @ 7000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 (Est) 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 (Est) 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 (Est) 27
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.19
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 4.04
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.56
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.50
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Body Style
Convertible Convertible
Vehicle Name
Mazda MX-5 Miata Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6.0 (Est) -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 (Est) 7.9 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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