2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster | NewCars.com

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Review

Picture of the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2021 Mazda
MX-5 Miata RF

MSRP*: $33,045 to $34,525
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2020 Porsche
718 Boxster

MSRP*: $59,600 to $72,000
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MPG - City 26 MPG 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 MPG 24 - 26 MPG
Seating Capacity 2 seats 2 seats
Cargo Space 4.5 ft3 9.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Horizontal
Transmission Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear-wheel Rear-wheel
Horsepower 181 hp 300 - 350 hp
Exterior Length 154.1 in 172.4 in
Exterior Width 68.3 in 70.9 in
Leg Room Front 43.1 in
Rear info not available
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Head Room Front 36.8 in
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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

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 Porsche 718 Boxster, 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 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is clearly a better financial choice over the Porsche 718 Boxster. 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 RF carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Porsche 718 Boxster.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is much slimmer than the Porsche 718 Boxster, 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 RF, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Porsche 718 Boxster.

Handling
The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Porsche 718 Boxster, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is significantly less powerful than the Porsche 718 Boxster. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has much less torque than the Porsche 718 Boxster, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and the Porsche 718 Boxster. The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has significantly less cargo room than the Porsche 718 Boxster, 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 Porsche 718 Boxster.