2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The classic sports car form factor was once dying, at least at the more affordable end of the spectrum.

But with the advent of the Subaru BRZ and its doppelganger, the Scion FR-S, the Mazda MX-5 now has some company.

Nevertheless, while the BRZ and FR-S are undeniably fun-to-drive cars, the MX-5 offers the allure of top-down driving, and still comes in about 300 pounds lighter than the slightly more powerful Toyobaru twins.

MINI's Cooper Convertible can be just as much fun to drive, and it too offers top-down enjoyment, but its front-drive layout is anything but a true sports car's, and its price tag can quickly escape into much more expensive territory.

Nissan's 370Z and Porsche's Boxster are a class above the Miata, both in price and performance, but the MX-5 competes with them on equal footing when it comes to driving fun.

If you're not running for lap times--or if you're concerned about smiles per dollar--consider the MX-5 Miata when you're shopping these larger, more potent sports cars.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2015 Nissan 370Z 2-door Coupe Auto NISMO Angular Front Exterior View2015 Nissan 370Z
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2015 Porsche Boxster GTS2015 Porsche Boxster
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2015 Subaru BRZ2015 Subaru BRZ
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2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.02015 Scion FR-S
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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata is still the lightest, most fun-to-drive sports car you can buy for the money.
8.0
The 2015 Nissan 370Z continues to offer excellent sports car value and personality.
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The 2015 Porsche Boxster is a relative performance bargain, combining everyday usability with a balanced chassis and sweet engines.
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The 2015 Subaru BRZ has the same excellent steering and handling that you can find in significantly more expensive sports cars, making it just as much fun in many cases.
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The 2015 Scion FR-S is simple, straightforward, and well-executed, making it the perfect affordable sports car.
MSRP From    
$23,970$29,990$51,400$25,695$24,900
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
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)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
22244
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
ConvertibleCoupeConvertibleCoupeCoupe
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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