2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If you want a traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout in a small, light sports car, there aren't many options.

But with this year's introduction of the new Subaru BRZ and closely related Scion FR-S sports cars, you now have a few more options.

The Scion and Subaru have some of the same minimalist appeal as the Miata, and they're a blast to drive, but they won't be offered as convertibles for another year or two.

Otherwise, the Nissan 370Z is a bit bigger and with its large V-6 it's not subtle.

Although it's front-wheel-drive, the MINI Cooper Convertible offers somewhat similar performance, and is even more powerful in turbocharged form.

Jumping into a much higher price category, the Porsche Boxster is a top model that's great for track days and touring alike.

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7.2
If you want a light and lean open-top sports car that's fun at legal speeds, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata is it--and it's reasonably practical.
8.0
While the performance-per-dollar value of the 2013 Nissan 370Z remains largely intact, enabling it to play with more expensive sports cars for less money, rising prices narrow that advantage.
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The 2013 Porsche Boxster is one of the most fun, stylish, and luxurious roadsters available.
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The 2013 Subaru BRZ shows that simplicity and leanness can provide more driving thrills than complex, high-horsepower sports cars costing several times as much.
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The 2013 Scion FR-S is the real deal: a sports car, built simply, at an affordable price.
MSRP From     
$23,720$33,120$49,500$25,495$25,150$24,500
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat-6Gas Flat 4Gas 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class     
Two SeaterTwo-SeaterTwo-SeaterSubcompact CarsMinicompactMinicompact
Style Name     
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe Premium Manual2-Door2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
222444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A2
Body Style     
Convertible2 Door CoupeConvertibleCoupeConvertibleCoupe
Transmission     
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