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Mazda MX-5 Miata vs Scion FR-S

Quality & Value Analysis

The base MSRP of the 2016 Miata Sport and the Scion FR-S are practically the same, around $26,400.  After 36 months, the residual value of FR-S drops to 47% and then to 35% after 60 months.  After 36 months, the residual value of Miata only drops to 55% and then 42% after 60 months.  Miata is also more fuel efficient, getting 27city/36hwy against the less fuel efficient FR-S 25city/34hwy.  Scion and Mazda both have a 36 month, 36,000 basic and a 60 month, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Performance & Engineering

Scion Fr-S and Mazda MX-5 both have a 2.0-Liter DOHC Engine.  Scion has 200 Horsepower @7,000 rpm and 151 Torque @6,400 rpm.  Mazda has 155 Horsepower @6,000 rpm and 148 Torque @4,600 rpm.  Both vehicles have front and rear disc brakes.  Miata has Variable Assisted Steering and a 30.8 Turning Diameter, better than FR-S 36.1 Turning Diameter.

Safety & Security

Scion ranks 5 stars in Rear Side Crash Test, Overall Rating, Overall Side Crash Safety Rating, Overall Side Barrier Crash Safety Rating, Side Pole Crash Safety Rating, and Rollover safety rating.  It ranks 4 stars in Overall Front Crash Safety rating, Front Driver, and Front Passenger Crash Tests.  It ranks 3 stars in Front side crash test.  Mazda MX-5 has not been rated by the NHTSA yet.  Both Miata and FR-S have Driver, Front Side, and Front passanger airbags, Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitor.

Comfort & Convenience

MX-5 Miata and Scion FR-S both have Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Cruise Control, Steering wheel mounted controls for Cruise Control and Transmission, Tilt Adjustable steering column, Cargo Light, Driver's Vanity Mirror, Front power outlet, Rear Window Defroster, Remote Trunk Release, Floor Mats, Multi-Function remote, and Exterior Temperature Gauge.  FR-S Stands out by including Map Lights, Delayed Power Retention, and Telescoping Wheel.  MX-5 Miata Stands out by having Power Trunk Lock and Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls.

Scion and Mazda both have Front Adjustable seat height bucket seats.  Scion has fold-down rear seats, Mazda does not have rear seats. Both vehicles have AM/FM Radio, Speed Sensitive Volume, CD & MP3 Player with Auxiliary Input Audio Jack and MP3 player jack.  Both vehicles also have Keyless Entry, Dual folding power adjustable exterior rearview mirrors, tinted glass, and automatic headlights. 

Scion has a wheel dimension of 17, Mazda has a wheel dimension of 16.  Both vehicles come with performance tires.

Are you ready to upgrad your Scion FR-S to a new Mazda Miata MX-5?