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
Detailed Spec Comparison
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