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2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

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The MINI Cooper Convertible comes in a dizzying array of trim and styling combinations and offers a turbocharged engine option, as do the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.

Both the Sky and Solstice are, surprisingly, even less practical than the Miata, with almost unbelievably small cargo compartments and an almost complete lack of storage places.

None of the convertibles that compete with the 2009 Mazda MX-5 offer a folding hardtop either.

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The 2009 Mazda MX-5 is the closest thing to a reincarnated British roadster on the planet, albeit one with altogether better reliability, fit, and finish.
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Practicality and comfort take second billing to sportscar performance and flashy looks in the 2009 Pontiac Solstice.
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The 2009 Saturn Sky looks great and in the Red Line trim is a blast to drive, but its ergonomics and quality keep it from truly competing with the Miata.
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The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible brings top-down fun to the already entertaining MINI hatchback.
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21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
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