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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2014 smart fortwo Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the smart fortwo in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda MX-5 Miata as you will with the smart fortwo, 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the smart fortwo, 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata will cost more in transportation costs than the smart fortwo.

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

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has a much more powerful engine than the smart fortwo. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the smart fortwo. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has significantly less cargo room than the smart fortwo, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Mazda MX-5 Miata is not as nearly as extensive as that of the smart fortwo.

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2015 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

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MSRP*: $23,970 - $32,205

2014 smart
fortwo

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MSRP*: $17,930
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Low APR Loan: -- --
Lease Incentive: As low as 1.13% --
City MPG: 21 - 22 34
Highway MPG: 28 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 I-3
Seating Capacity: 2 - 2 2 - 2
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $22,671 - $30,448 $16,675

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