2019 FIAT 124 Spider vs. Its Competition

2019 Fiat 124 Spider
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The number of two-seat roadsters on the market continues to shrink, so some of the Fiat 124 Spider’s rivals are hardtops.

Nissan’s 370Z is available as a coupe or roadster, but it's much more powerful, as well as bigger, heavier, more expensive, and getting long in the tooth.

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ siblings can be thought of as coupe versions of the 124 and Miata.

They offer similar power and dynamics, but lack the open air feel.

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata provides the platform for the 124 Spider.

It offers unique looks, an RF model with a retractable hardtop, and more immediate power but less-premium interior materials.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider2019 FIAT 124 Spider
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Quick Specs
Agile handling and a composed ride balance out the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider’s slightly laggy turbo-4 engine.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 keeps the crown of “affordable and fun” with a more potent engine this year.
The base 370Z is just about as barebones as it gets, with electronics and interior that were barely up to date in 2009, when the car was first released. Sport models add the right performance bits and don’t complicate the price tag too much.
The 2019 Subaru BRZ is a lightweight two-seater coupe that’s proof power and performance aren’t directly proportional.
If you value driving fun over pure power, there’s hardly a vehicle more up to the task than the 2019 Toyota 86.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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