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

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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,163
$22,424
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,170
$23,720
Monthly Payment Estimate
$420 / month
$395 / 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
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Two-Seaters
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
43.1 -
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 37.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81.4 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 53.2
Second Leg Room (in)
31.4 -
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
- 50.6
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.2 67.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 4.6
Length, Overall (in)
168.4 157.3
Height, Overall (in)
58 49
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.2 58.9
Wheelbase (in)
100 91.7
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 11.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 11
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 12.7
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 30.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/55HR17 P205/50VR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55HR17 P205/50VR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3206 2480
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
330 325
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 100
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 140 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/151 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 167 @ 7000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-5 Premium Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22 (Est)
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28 (Est)
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.04 3.14
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.50 4.10
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.33
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 1.89
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Convertible Convertible
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.9 (Est) 7.3 (Est)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6.0 (Est)
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 5.3
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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