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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs Subaru BRZ

Quality & Value Analysis

2016 Subaru BRZ Premium and Mazda MX-5 Miata are very closely priced, Mazda is slightly more expensive at $26,395 MSRP.  MX-5 makes up for that in Residual value with 55% after 36 months, and 42% after 60 months.  Better than Subaru's 49% after 36 months and 36% after 60 months.  Mazda also has better fuel economy 27city/36hwy vs Subaru's 22city/30hwy.  Both vehicles have a 36 month, 36,000 basic warranty and a 60 month, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.  

Performance & Engineering

Mazda and Subaru both have a 2.0-Liter DOHC Engine.  Mazda MX-5 has 155 Horsepower @6,000 rpm, and 148 Torque @4,600 rpm.  Subaru BRZ has 200 Horsepower @7,000 rpm and  151 Torque @6,400 rpm.  Both vehicles have front and rear disc brakes.  Mazda has Variable Assisted Steering and 30.8 Turning Diameter.  Subaru has 35.4 Turning Diameter.


Safety & Security

Subuaru BRZ got 5-star NHTSA safety rating in all categories except Front Driver & Front Passenger Crash Test, Overall Frontal Crash Safety Rating where Subaru got 4 stars, and Front Side Crash Test where Subaru got 3 stars. Mazda Miata has not yet been rated by the NHTSA for safety.  Both vehicles have Driver, Passenger, and Front Side Airbags.  Subaru also has Side Curtain Airbags.  Both vehicles have Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitor. 

Comfort & Convenience

MX-5 Miata and Subaru BRZ both have Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power doors, Steering Wheel mounted cruise control, Adjustable Steering Column, Tilt Steering, Cargo Area Light, Driver's Side Vanity Mirror, Front Power Outlet, Rear Window Defroster, Remote Trunk release, Floor Mats, Multi-function remote and Exterior Temperature Gauge.  Only Miata has Steering wheel mounted Audio Controls, and Power Trunk Lock.  Only BRZ has Telescopic Steering wheel, Delayed Power Retention, Map Lights, and Rearview Camera.  Both vehicles have Front adjustable seat height bucket seats.  Subaru has fold-down rear seats, Mazda does not have rear seats.  Both vehicles have AM/FM Radio, Speed Sensitive Volume, CD, MP3 player with MP3 and Auxiliary input Audio Jack.  Cup Holders, Console Storage, Seatback Storage, Keyless Entry, Vehicle Theft Deterrent, Folding Power side mirrors, Tinted Glass, Automatic Headlights, and Alloy Wheels with performance tires.

Time to upgrade your Subaru BRZ to a brand new Mazda MX-5 Miata!