2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

Call this the clone list of automotive partnerships.

Mazda teamed up with Fiat to spin off the 124 Spider that wears different exterior and interior appearances, even though it’s all Miata underneath.

The Fiat 124 Spider can be had for a song since it’s not coming back for 2021.

A Toyota and Subaru partnership bore affordable sport coupes in the tossable Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ—the only rear-wheel-drive vehicle in the Subaru lineup—and that partnership lives on with a second generation for 2022.

Another Toyota partnership with BMW resurrected the Supra as a coupe while the Z4 remains a convertible.

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2021 BMW Z42021 BMW Z4
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2020 Subaru BRZ2020 Subaru BRZ
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Quick Specs
Stripped to its lightweight essentials, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata makes driving fun.
The 2021 BMW Z4 begs for a sunny-day romp like few other cars.
The 2021 Toyota Supra gains a less powerful, more intriguing turbo-4 edition.
Like a featherweight champion, the 2020 Subaru BRZ proves lighter and smaller can sometimes be superior.
The 2020 Toyota 86 has its flaws, but it's still a fun small sports coupe.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-4Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Two SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersMinicompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name    
Sport ManualsDrive30i Roadster2.0 Automatic (GS)Limited ManualManual (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
ManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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