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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|2014 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2014 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings||2014 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings||2014 Subaru BRZBrowse Used Listings||2014 MINI Cooper ConvertibleBrowse Used Listings||2014 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|
|Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded H-6||Premium Unleaded H-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded H-4|
|Two-Seaters||Two-Seaters||Two-Seaters||Minicompact Cars||Minicompact Cars||Minicompact Cars|
|2-Door Convertible Manual Sport||2-Door Coupe Manual||2-Door Roadster||2-Door Coupe Manual Premium||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|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2014 Nissan 370Z||2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2014 Porsche Boxster||2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2014 Subaru BRZ||2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2014 MINI Cooper Convertible||2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2014 Scion FR-S|