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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs BMW Z4

Quality & Value Analysis

Starting with price, the Mazda Miata is just $35,065 compared to BMW Z4's $49,700.  Not only is the Mazda Miata a better price, it also has a better residual value at 53% after 36 months and 40% after 60 months.  BMW is only 44% after 36 months and 31% after 60 months.  Miata is more fuel efficient in the city 27mpg vs Z4 at just 22mpg.  Both vehicles have a highway fuel economy of 34mpg.  Mazda and BMW vehicles both come with a warranty.  Mazda has a 36-month 36,000 mile basic warranty and a 60-month 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.  BMW has a 48-month 50,000 mile basic and powertrain warranty. 

Performance & Engineering

Both vehicles have a 2.0-Liter, DOHC DI Engine, but BMW Z4's is Turbocharged.  That means it can get 240 Horsepower at 5,000 rpm compared to Mazda Miata's 155 Horsepower at 6,000 rpm.  Z4 also has more torque 260@1450 copared to MX-5 148@4600.  It makes sense that the BMW would need a larger gas tank.  Both vehicles have front and rear disc brakes, and Hill Start Assist.  BMW has a turning diameter of 35.1, Mazda's is a much better 30.8.

Safety & Security

2016 Mazda MX-5 and 2016 BMW Z4 have not yet been rated by the NHTSA for safety.  Both vehicles have Driver, Front Passanger, and Front Side Airbags.  They both have vehicle stability control system, traction control, ABS Brakes, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitor.

Comfort & Convenience

BMW and Mazda both have Automatic climate control, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, tailgate power lock/unlock, cruise control, adjustable tilt steering column, cargo light, driver's vanity mirror, front power outlet, rear window defroster, floor mats, and exterior temperature gauge.  Features available only on BMW include Dual zone climate control, map lights, and delayed power retention.  Mazda Miata has Steering wheel mounted Cruise controls and audio controls. 

BMW has power driver's seat with adjustable manual lumbar support, which are not available on Miata.  Both vehicles have bucket seats with adjustable seat height, Beverage Holders, Console Storage, and Seatback Storage. Z4 has Door pocket storage.

Z4 and MX-5 both have AM/FM Radio, Speed sensitive volume, CD, MP3 players.  BMW has 11 speakers and anti-theft stereo, Mazda has 9 speakers, surround sound, and is wired for Sirius XM Satellite Radio.  Both vehicles have an Auxiliary Input audio jack.

Remote keyless access system, vehicle theft deterrent, folding side mirrors, power side mirrors, heated mirrors, tinted glass Alloy Wheels, 17" Wheels, Performance Tires, and automatic headlights are standard on both vehicles.


Mazda Miata is the clear choice if you are looking for a car that will stand out without making a huge dent in your wallet.