2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata SV
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

None of the convertibles that compete for attention with the 2008 Mazda MX-5 offer a folding hardtop.

However, the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky offer a turbocharged engine option, as does the new MINI Cooper Convertible, which also comes in a dizzying array of trim and styling combinations.

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata SV2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2009 Pontiac Solstice Street Edition2009 Pontiac Solstice
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2009 Saturn Sky Ruby Red SE2009 Saturn Sky
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2008 MINI Cooper Convertible 2-door S Open Doors2008 MINI Cooper Convertible
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings the classic roadster into the modern era, with fantastic handling and an optional power-folding hardtop.
Practicality and comfort take second billing to sportscar performance and flashy looks in the 2009 Pontiac Solstice.
The 2009 Saturn Sky looks great and in the Red Line trim is a blast to drive, but its ergonomics and quality keep it from truly competing with the Miata.
The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible brings top-down fun to the already entertaining MINI hatchback.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class   
Two Seater2-SeaterTwo SeaterMinicompact
Style Name   
2-Door Convertible Manual SV2-Door Convertible2-Door Convertible2-Door
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible
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Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2009 Pontiac Solstice2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2009 Saturn Sky2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible