As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the smart fortwo electric drive in the front seats.
With the Mazda MX-5 Miata you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the smart fortwo electric drive, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.
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). Whether you pick the Mazda MX-5 Miata or the smart fortwo electric drive, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 electric drive.
Since the Mazda MX-5 Miata is much wider than the smart fortwo electric drive, 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 electric drive.
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 electric drive.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has a larger turning radius than the smart fortwo electric drive, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has a much more powerful engine than the smart fortwo electric drive. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.
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 electric drive. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has significantly less cargo room than the smart fortwo electric drive, 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 smart fortwo electric drive.
Compare the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2013 smart fortwo electric drive.
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MSRP*: $23,720 - $29,450
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|Cash Back Rebate:||Up to $1,000||Visit Rebate Center|
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|City MPG:||21 - 22||122|
|Seating Capacity:||2 - 2||2 - 2|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Invoice*:||$22,424 - $27,836||$26,040|
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