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2021 Audi A5 vs. 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review

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2021 Audi
A5

MSRP*: $50,400
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2021 Mazda
MX-5 Miata RF

MSRP*: $33,045 to $34,525
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Invoice* $47,376 $31,229 to $32,629
MPG - City 23 MPG 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 2 seats
Cargo Space 9.3 ft3 4.5 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel Rear-wheel
Horsepower 261 hp 181 hp
Exterior Length 184.9 in 154.1 in
Exterior Width 72.7 in 68.3 in
Leg Room Front 41.3 in
Rear 33.1 in
Front 43.1 in
Rear info not available
Head Room Front 38.3 in
Rear 36.3 in
Front 36.8 in
Rear info not available
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Audi A5 and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF in the front seats.

Convenience
The Audi A5 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, 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). The Audi A5 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, 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 Audi A5 will cost more in transportation costs than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Dimensions
Since the Audi A5 is much wider than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Audi A5, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Handling
The Audi A5 has a significantly larger turning radius than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Audi A5 has a much more powerful engine than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Audi A5 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Utility
The Audi A5 offers greater seating capacity than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Audi A5 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Audi A5 than that of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.