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.
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|2015 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2015 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings||2015 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings||2015 Subaru BRZBrowse Used Listings||2015 Scion FR-SBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 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 H-4|
|Two-Seaters||Two-Seaters||Two-Seaters||Minicompact Cars||Minicompact Cars|
|2-Door Convertible Manual Sport||2-Door Coupe Manual||2-Door Roadster||2-Door Coupe Manual Premium||2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2015 Nissan 370Z||2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2015 Porsche Boxster||2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2015 Subaru BRZ||2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2015 Scion FR-S|