2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF | NewCars.com

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

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2021 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

MSRP*: $26,830 to $31,770
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2021 Mazda
MX-5 Miata RF

MSRP*: $33,045 to $34,525
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Invoice* $25,359 to $30,028 $31,229 to $32,629
MPG - City 26 MPG 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 2 seats 2 seats
Cargo Space 4.6 ft3 4.5 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear-wheel Rear-wheel
Horsepower 181 hp 181 hp
Exterior Length 154.1 in 154.1 in
Exterior Width 68.3 in 68.3 in
Leg Room Front 43.1 in
Rear info not available
Front 43.1 in
Rear info not available
Head Room Front 37.4 in
Rear info not available
Front 36.8 in
Rear info not available
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will have less of an impact on your bank account than 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is about the same width as the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. When looking at overall length, the Mazda MX-5 Miata takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

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

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Mazda MX-5 Miata as you will in the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

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