2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 | NewCars.com

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Review

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2021 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

MSRP*: $26,830 to $31,770
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2020 Mercedes-Benz
AMG E 53

MSRP*: $81,650
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Invoice* $25,359 to $30,028 $76,751
MPG - City 26 MPG 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 2 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 4.6 ft3 9.5 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-6
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Rear-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 181 hp 429 hp
Exterior Length 154.1 in 190.6 in
Exterior Width 68.3 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 43.1 in
Rear info not available
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Head Room Front 37.4 in
Rear info not available
Front 40.7 in
Rear 36.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 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
The Mazda MX-5 Miata will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53.

Convenience
The Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, 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). Based on MSRP, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. 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 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda MX-5 Miata is much slimmer than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, 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 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53.

Handling
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has less seating than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, making the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has significantly less cargo room than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Mazda MX-5 Miata is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53.