The MX-5 Miata does what a sports car should: deliver fun behind the wheel.
The reason for that isn’t big power or high tech.
Instead, it’s light weight.
The Fiat 124 Spider is a virtual clone of the Miata, with a different engine that has less immediate power but more mid-range grunt.
Non V-8 versions of the Ford Mustang keep the price down, but the Mustang is a larger, heavier car without the strict sports car intent of the Miata.
The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ do adhere to the Miata’s lightweight philosophy, and for those who have always wanted a Miata coupe, they can be viewed as filling that void, unless the Miata RF does that for you.
The Mini Cooper convertible may have front-wheel instead of rear-wheel drive, but it also delivers stylish looks and a fun-to-drive character.
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|2017 Mazda MX-5 MiataBrowse Used Listings||2017 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2017 Subaru BRZBrowse Used Listings||2017 Toyota 86Browse Used Listings||2017 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings||2017 FIAT 124 SpiderBrowse Used Listings|
|26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded H-4||Premium Unleaded H-4||N/A||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Two-Seaters||Subcompact Cars||Minicompact Cars||Minicompact Cars||N/A||Two-Seaters|
|Sport Manual||V6 Fastback||Premium Manual||Manual (Natl)||N/A||Classica Convertible|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||N/A||Manual w/OD|
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