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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2014 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
With the Volkswagen Beetle you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, due to its tank size and 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). 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 somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Beetle.

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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2014 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

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MSRP*: $23,720 - $29,450

2014 Volkswagen
Beetle

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MSRP*: $24,995 - $32,755
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City MPG: 21 - 22 21 - 28
Highway MPG: 28 27 - 41
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4, Inline-5
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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Invoice*: $22,424 - $27,836 $23,995 - $31,445

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