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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|2013 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2013 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings||2013 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings||2013 Subaru BRZBrowse Used Listings||2013 MINI Cooper ConvertibleBrowse Used Listings||2013 Scion FR-SBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas Flat-6||Gas Flat 4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4|
|Two Seater||Two-Seater||Two-Seater||Subcompact Cars||Minicompact||Minicompact|
|2-Door Convertible Manual Sport||2-Door Coupe Manual||2-Door Roadster||2-Door Coupe Premium Manual||2-Door||2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Convertible||2 Door Coupe||Convertible||Coupe||Convertible||Coupe|
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|2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2013 Nissan 370Z||2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2013 Porsche Boxster||2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2013 Subaru BRZ||2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2013 MINI Cooper Convertible||2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2013 Scion FR-S|