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2020 BMW Z4 vs. 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

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2020 BMW
Z4

MSRP*: $49,700 to $63,700
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2021 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

MSRP*: $26,830 to $31,770
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Invoice* $46,720 to $59,740 $25,359 to $30,028
MPG - City 24 MPG 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 32 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 2 seats 2 seats
Cargo Space 9.9 ft3 4.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4, Inline-6 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear-wheel Rear-wheel
Horsepower 255 - 382 hp 181 hp
Exterior Length 170.7 in 154.1 in
Exterior Width 73.4 in 68.3 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear info not available
Front 43.1 in
Rear info not available
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear info not available
Front 37.4 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 BMW Z4 and the Mazda MX-5 Miata in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the BMW Z4 as you will with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, 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 BMW Z4 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, 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 BMW Z4 and the Mazda MX-5 Miata have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the BMW Z4 is much wider than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the BMW Z4, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Handling
The BMW Z4 has a significantly larger turning radius than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the BMW Z4 has a much more powerful engine than the Mazda MX-5 Miata. 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 BMW Z4 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the BMW Z4 and the Mazda MX-5 Miata. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the BMW Z4 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the BMW Z4 than that of the Mazda MX-5 Miata.