2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Anthony Sophinos Anthony Sophinos Contributor

The Miata isn’t the only choice for fun on a budget.

The Fiat 124 Spider, for instance, is a largely-identical, slightly-pricier Miata utilizing the same chassis but with its own turbo engine built by Fiat parent FCA.

It’s the better option if you’re looking for a boulevard cruiser; the Miata remains the enthusiast’s choice.

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are another pair of twins that appeal to the budget-conscious.

These are priced right about in line with the Miata and come only as hardtop coupes.

They have more space and are more usable all year round, but their boxer 4-cylinder engine isn’t quite as fun-spirited as the Miata’s mill. If budget isn’t a concern, the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra are yet another pair of similar-but-different cars to pick from.

Both share a chassis and motor that’s built by BMW, but the Toyota gets brand-exclusive tuning and styling.

Further differentiating the two are their body styles: the Z4 is strictly a convertible; the Supra, a coupe.

Both are bigger, more powerful, and quicker than the Miata.

They also cost about double the Mazda.

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MSRP From    
$26,580$49,700$28,845$49,990$27,060
Gas Mileage    
26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Two SeatersTwo SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo SeatersMinicompact Cars
Style Name    
Sport ManualsDrive30i RoadsterLimited Manual3.0 Automatic (GS)Manual (SE)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
22424
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
ConvertibleRoadsterCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission    
ManualAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
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