2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior 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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Quick Specs
The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the lightest, leanest sports roadster you can buy for small-time money today--and it has a rich history of happy owners.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z continues to deliver good value and big sports car grins.
The 2014 Porsche Boxster defines the luxury sports roadster segment with its power, grace, and style.
The 2014 Subaru BRZ can be every bit as thrilling as more powerful, more expensive sports cars. Its light weight, direct steering and excellent suspension make it a blast to drive.
Simply built and beautifully executed, the 2014 Scion FR-S is a true sports car.
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Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded H-4Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Two SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersMinicompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe Manual Premium2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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