2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2015 Lexus IS 350C Review

Comparison Review

The Lexus IS 350C will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

The Lexus IS 350C requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, making it more convenient to drive.

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). Based on MSRP, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is clearly a better financial choice over the Lexus IS 350C. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda MX-5 Miata carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Lexus IS 350C.

Since the Mazda MX-5 Miata is much slimmer than the Lexus IS 350C, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus IS 350C.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has much less torque than the Lexus IS 350C, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has a smaller turning radius than the Lexus IS 350C, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is significantly less powerful than the Lexus IS 350C. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has less seating than the Lexus IS 350C, making the Lexus IS 350C the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has significantly less cargo room than the Lexus IS 350C, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

The basic warranty of the Mazda MX-5 Miata is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Lexus IS 350C.

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2016 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

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MSRP*: $24,915 - $30,065

2015 Lexus
IS 350C

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MSRP*: $47,640
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Lease Incentive: As low as 5.16% --
City MPG: 27 19
Highway MPG: 34 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity: 2 - 2 4 - 4
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Invoice*: $23,563 - $28,427 $44,305

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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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