2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The Fiat 124 Spider may be a virtual clone of the MX-5 Miata, but its turbo-4 provides it with an entirely different driving experience.

Stick with a 4-cylinder and the Ford Mustang is a viable competitor for the Miata with more room but also more heft.

That lightweight philosophy comes back into play with the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, which feel like Miata coupes (except that the RF does that job too).

Finally, the Mini Cooper is front-wheel drive yet still a blast to drive and its quirks are just quirky enough for our tastes.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car.
Athletic performance, decent fuel economy, and surprising technology make the 2018 Ford Mustang even better.
The 2018 Subaru BRZ is a lightweight prizefighter that punches out of its class in handling, but not power.
The 2018 Toyota 86 is a thrilling entry sports car at an affordable price. We wholeheartedly appreciate its enthusiasm.
The 2018 Mini Cooper is an icon made better by nimble handling and infinite customization.
The Fiat 124 Spider takes the best from the Mazda MX-5 Miata, namely its agile handling and comfortable ride, while adding turbocharged power and Italian flavor. It’s truly a driver's car.
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Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-4Premium Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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Two SeatersSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsMinicompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo Seaters
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Sport ManualEcoBoost FastbackPremium ManualManual (SE)Oxford Edition FWDClassica Convertible
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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