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.
|2011 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings||2011 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings||2011 MINI Cooper ConvertibleBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas Flat 6-cyl||Gas 4-Cyl|
|2-Door Convertible Manual Sport||2-Door Coupe Manual||2-Door Roadster||2-Door|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Convertible||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Convertible||2 Door Convertible|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual|