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

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

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2021 Mazda
MX-5 Miata RF

MSRP*: $33,045 to $34,525
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2021 MINI
MINI-Convertible

MSRP*: $27,400 to $38,400
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Invoice* $31,229 to $32,629 $25,410 to $35,530
MPG - City 26 MPG 23 - 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 MPG 32 - 37 MPG
Seating Capacity 2 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 4.5 ft3 7.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 I-3, Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain Rear-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 181 hp 134 - 228 hp
Exterior Length 154.1 in 151.1 - 152.5 in
Exterior Width 68.3 in 68.0 in
Leg Room Front 43.1 in
Rear info not available
Front 41.4 in
Rear 30.9 in
Head Room Front 36.8 in
Rear info not available
Front 39.8 in
Rear 39.0 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
Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, drivers may find the MINI MINI-Convertible a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF as you will with the MINI MINI-Convertible, 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is somewhat more expensive than the MINI MINI-Convertible. 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is much higher than that for the MINI MINI-Convertible.

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

Handling
The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has a significantly smaller turning radius than the MINI MINI-Convertible, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

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

Powertrain
The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has much less torque than the MINI MINI-Convertible, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

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

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is not as nearly as extensive as that of the MINI MINI-Convertible.