2019 FIAT 124 Spider vs. 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF | NewCars.com

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2019 FIAT 124 Spider vs. 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review

New 2019 FIAT 124 Spider

2019 FIAT
124 Spider

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New 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2020 Mazda
MX-5 Miata RF

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MSRP*
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$25,440 to $29,540
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$33,045 to $35,425
Invoice* $24,851 to $28,684 $31,229 to $33,478
MPG - City 26 26
MPG - Hwy 35 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 2 2
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 FIAT 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the FIAT 124 Spider as you will with the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, 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). Based on MSRP, the FIAT 124 Spider is clearly a better financial choice over the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the FIAT 124 Spider is much higher than that for the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Dimensions
The FIAT 124 Spider is about the same width as the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the FIAT 124 Spider, which is slightly longer than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the FIAT 124 Spider transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Handling
The FIAT 124 Spider has about the same turning radius as the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The FIAT 124 Spider has less horsepower than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the FIAT 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. The FIAT 124 Spider has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the FIAT 124 Spider than that of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.