2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class | NewCars.com

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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2021 Mazda
MX-5 Miata

MSRP*: $26,830 to $31,770
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2021 Mercedes-Benz
E-Class

MSRP*: $71,950 to $74,450
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Invoice* $25,359 to $30,028 $67,633 to $69,983
MPG - City 26 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 MPG 29 - 30 MPG
Seating Capacity 2 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 4.6 ft3 13.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-6
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Rear-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 181 hp 362 hp
Exterior Length 154.1 in 190.0 in
Exterior Width 68.3 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 43.1 in
Rear info not available
Front 41.8 in
Rear info not available
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
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz E-Class you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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 E-Class. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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

Handling
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 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 E-Class. 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 E-Class, 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 E-Class, making the Mercedes-Benz E-Class the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has significantly less cargo room than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 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 E-Class.