2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-door Convertible PRHT Auto Grand Touring Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

This past year, the competitive set for the Mazda Miata became much smaller with the discontinuation of GM’s Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice.

The Honda S2000 roadster has now also reached the end of its run.

If you’re on a budget and want a lean, basic convertible that feels genuinely sporty, that doesn’t leave much.

The MINI Cooper Convertible comes in a dizzying array of trim and styling combinations and offers a turbocharged engine option.

As such, the Cooper S Convertible feels like a sports car, even if it has front-wheel drive.

The new 370Z Roadster is tuned to feel more like a serious sports car; it has more flat-out acceleration and absolute performance compared to the Miata, but it’s not as docile and forgiving on twisty real roads.

If you’re willing to spend about twice as much, the mid-engine Porsche Boxster surpasses the Miata in track-day ability, if not drop-top thrills.

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The 2011 Mazda MX-5 is a back-to-basics sports car that you don’t have to drive fast to enjoy—and it has way more practicality than you’d probably expect.
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A great performance car that starts just under $30,000, the 2011 Nissan 370Z comes close enough to Porsche performance to make you wonder.
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The 2011 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
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MSRP From   
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Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat 6-cylGas 4-Cyl
EPA Class   
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Style Name   
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Roadster2-Door
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2224
Passenger Doors   
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Body Style   
2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible
Transmission   
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