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2017 Audi A3 vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Mazda MX-5 Miata will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi A3.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Audi A3 as you will with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Audi A3 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Audi A3 is much higher than that for the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Dimensions
If you go with the Audi A3, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Audi A3 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Handling
The Audi A3 has a significantly larger turning radius than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Audi A3 is somewhat more powerful than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Utility
The Audi A3 offers greater seating capacity than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Audi A3 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Audi A3 than that of the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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Compare the 2017 Audi A3 and the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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2017 Audi
A3

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MSRP*: $37,600 - $40,300

2016 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

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MSRP*: $24,915 - $30,065
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City MPG: 22 - 25 27
Highway MPG: 30 - 34 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 4 - 4 2 - 2
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $34,968 - $37,480 $23,563 - $28,427

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.