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2014 Lexus IS 250C vs. 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Lexus IS 250C will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Convenience
With the Lexus IS 250C you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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 Lexus IS 250C 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 Lexus IS 250C is much higher than that for the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus IS 250C is much wider than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Lexus IS 250C, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Lexus IS 250C transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Handling
The Lexus IS 250C has a larger turning radius than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus IS 250C is somewhat more powerful than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Utility
The Lexus IS 250C 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 Lexus IS 250C 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 Lexus IS 250C than that of the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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2014 Lexus
IS 250C

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MSRP*: $42,860

2015 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

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MSRP*: $23,970 - $32,205
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $500
Low APR Loan: -- --
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 1.13%
City MPG: 21 21 - 22
Highway MPG: 30 --
Engine(s): V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 4 - 4 2 - 2
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $39,861 $22,671 - $30,448

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