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Mazda MX-5 Miata vs Audi A3 Cabriolet

Quality & Value Analysis

Base MSRP the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring is $30,065.  That's pretty good compared to 2016 Audi A3 Premium Cabriolet at $36,600.  Mazda Miata has a residual value of 53% after 36 months and 40% after 60 months, better than Audi A3's 48% after 36 months and 38% after 60 months. Miata also has a better combined fuel economy of 30 compared to A3's 28.  Audi has a Basic and Powertrain 48-month 50,000 mile warranty.  Mazda has a 36-month 36,000 mile basic warranty and a 60-month 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Performance & Engineering

Audi A3 has a Turbocharged 1.8-Liter DI Engine, how does it compare to Mazda Miata's 2.0-Liter DI Engine?  Audi's Turbocharged engine has an edge over Miata.  170 Horsepower @4500 rpm vs 155 Horsepower @6000 rpm.  200 Torque @1600 rpm vs 148 Torque @4600 rpm.  Both vehicles have front and rear disc brakes, and Hill Start Assist.

Safety & Security

Audi A3 and Mazda Miata have not been rated by NHTSA for safety.  They both have Driver, Front Passenger Airbags with Front Side Airbags, Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, and Tire Pressure Monitor. 

Comfort & Convenience

Miata doesn't have Dual Climate, which is a standard feature on the A3 (how is there even room for dual climates in a 2-seater?) A3 also has Map Lights, Rearview Camera, and Illuminated Vanity Mirror, which are not available in the Miata because who needs a rearview camera in a convertible? Miata has Steering wheel mounted Audio and Cruise controls and also surround sound.  Both vehicles do have Automatic Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Cruise Control, Adjustable Tilt Steering Column, Cargo Area Light, Drivers Side Vanity Mirror, Front Power Outlet, Rear window Defroster, Remote Trunk Release, Floor Mats, Exterior Temperature Gauge, AM/FM Radio, Speed Sensitive Volume, CD, MP3, Sirius XM Satellite Radio.  Both vehicles have Beverage Holders, Console Storage, and Seatback Storage.  Remote Keyless Access, Theft Deterrent, Folding, Power, Heated Side Mirrors, Tinted Glass, and Automatic Headlights are standard features on both vehicles as well.  Miata comes with performance tires, and Audi comes with all-season tires.

Are you ready to upgrade your Audi A3 to a Mazda MX-5?