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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Review

Comparison Review

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

Convenience
The Volkswagen Beetle requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, making it more convenient to drive.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Beetle. 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 and the Volkswagen Beetle have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda MX-5 Miata is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Beetle, 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 Volkswagen Beetle.

Drivetrain
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has much less torque than the Volkswagen Beetle, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Beetle, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

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

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

Warranty
The Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Beetle.

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2016 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

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

2016 Volkswagen
Beetle

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MSRP*: $25,490 - $34,950
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Low APR Loan: -- As low as 1.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 5.59% As low as 4.85%
City MPG: 27 23 - 25
Highway MPG: 34 31 - 34
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 2 - 2 4 - 4
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $23,563 - $28,427 $24,471 - $33,553

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.