Even though March Madness is over, we still love sports. And what could be a better way to start the second quarter of the year than a race between two fast competitors? Today, we will compare the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2016 Subaru BRZ.
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In a world where sports cars are often overpriced and waste a lot of gas, the Miata and the BRZ show the driver that they can have both the classic look of a stylish sports car and the fuel efficiency of a compact.
Both the Mazda Miata and the Subaru BRZ are coupes, but they are very different from each other. The number of cylinders, the manual transmission, and the drivetrains are all things that are the same. But these two vehicles are different because of their roofs, how they drive, and how many seats they have.
2019 Subaru BRZ
The Subaru BRZ is the company’s only rear-wheel-drive car, but it can give you cheap thrills that will make you want to drive more. The lightweight design, rear-wheel drive, and suspension give drivers of all ages a chance to try out a car that used to be more common but is now mostly gone. You might be interested in this car if you want a small coupe with a lot of style that likes to take curves. This is not a muscle car because it only has 205 horsepower, but it is fast.
In the BRZ, you sit low in a bucket seat that is well-padded. The steering wheel, shifter, and pedals are all set up perfectly for driving fast. Even the tachometer is in the right spot, right in front of the driver, so that you can keep an eye on the engine. There are seats for four people, but the back seat is too small to do anything useful with. But it does fold flat to make the trunk and cargo space bigger.
The BRZ is 10 inches longer than the Miata, and its long hood makes it look like a solid car. It has a 2.0-liter boxer engine, and the layout puts the engine lower in the cradle. This lowers the centre of gravity and makes it easier to turn and drive. Either an automatic transmission with 6 speeds or a manual transmission with 6 speeds sends power to the back wheels.
2019 Mazda Miata
The Mazda Miata is a two-seater roadster or coupe with a retractable top that is fun to drive. The Miata is a better choice than the BRZ for people who want a convertible feel. This car is great for people who care more about how well it drives than how fast it goes. Even though Mazda increased the horsepower for 2019, this car is still not a muscle car.
The inside can be made to look simple and modern, and the seat cockpit now has a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel. Inside, there is an upright infotainment screen and a push-button start, as well as big knobs for the A/C. Mazda made the Miata to be all about the driver, and that’s how it feels. However, bigger drivers may find the interior too small. The pedals and shifter are still in great places. But if you need storage space for a weekend trip, the BRZ is a better choice.
Because the Miata is shorter, it is easier to park. The aluminium body’s surface details give it a modern look, but the flared wheels and smaller LED headlights give it a bit of attitude. When you’re driving next to a semi on the freeway, the small size of the car can make you feel a little unsafe. There is a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, and the 2019 model has an extra 26 horsepower, bringing the total to 181. There is a 6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles, but the 6-speed manual transmission is the best way to enjoy the car to its fullest.
Both cars have their pros and cons, but the Miata starts at $32,345, which is a little more than the Civic. The base price of a BRZ is $25,795. With 26 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway, the Miata also gets better gas mileage. It gets 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. Both cars move pretty quickly. It takes the BRZ 6.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, and it takes the Miata 6.2 seconds.
Previous 2016 Model Year Comparisons
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three manual trims and three automatic trims. It gets much better gas mileage than its competitors and is leaner and lighter than its competitors. In its 2-Door Convertible Manual Sport trim, the Miata has a Premium Unleaded I-4 engine that can make 155 horsepower and 148 net torque while still getting 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
In terms of gas mileage, the base 2016 Subaru BRZ 2-Door Coupe Manual Premium might not be as good as the Miata. It gets about 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. But it makes up for the gas it lost by making the engine run better. The Premium Unleaded H-4 engine in the BRZ can give the driver 200 horsepower and 151 net lb-ft of torque.
One of Subaru’s big bets with the new generation of BRZs was to make the cheap sports car into a machine that even the most purist speed freaks would love. Starting with how the car works, the engine is in the front and power is sent to the back wheels in this rear-wheel drive model. Subaru.com says that this design gives the driver better response, which, along with the BRZ’s low centre of gravity, gives the driver “near-perfect balance for pure sports car handling.”
The BRZ’s sport-tuned suspension is also there to make the roads your playground: “The BRZ is designed to perform like a sports car should, with independent MacPherson struts in the front and independent double wishbone suspension in the back. And its Torsen® limited-slip differential gives it better grip, making it lively and responsive as it turns.
The Miata, on the other hand, doesn’t stay too far behind. The Miata is the best-designed car ever because it is safe, fast, and light. First, let’s talk about how much it weighs. For example, the Subaru BRZ is fast and has a powerful engine, but it weighs 2764 pounds at its curb. The Miata, on the other hand, isn’t as light as a feather, but it’s lighter than the other cars. Even with both seats filled, the Mazda two-seater, which weighs 2332 pounds, might still be lighter than its competitors.
It also has a brand-new SKYACTIV-Chassis, which Mazdausa.com says “plays a key role in the MX-5’s agility and stability.”
The base 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Manual Sport starts at $24,915, while the base 2016 Subaru BRZ 2-Door Coupe Manual Premium starts at $25,395.
On the other hand, consumers should pay more for the most expensive Miata than for the most expensive BRZ. As the MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring starts at $31,270 and the BRZ 2-Door Coupe Automatic Limited starts at $28,495, we can say that the MX-5 Miata starts at $31,270 and the BRZ starts at $28,495.