• 2016 Mazda Miata VS 2015 Porsche Boxster
    by Ciprian Florea, on August 2, 2015, 06:00
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2016 Mazda Miata VS 2015 Porsche Boxster

2016 Mazda Miata VS 2015 Porsche Boxster

In its 26 years of history until 2015, the Mazda MX-5 Miata saw three generations, several design updates, and numerous engine changes. Conceived as a rear-wheel-drive, compact roadster that was both affordable and fun to drive, the Miata quickly became a hit with sports car enthusiasts and one of the hottest-selling convertibles on the market. For 2016, the Japanese roadster received an extensive overhaul inside and out, along with a new, powerful, yet still fuel-efficient engine.

The fourth-generation Miata came in a time when both the Honda S2000 and Toyota MR2, its traditional rivals, are no longer on the market. With both the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky also gone — along with the brands that sold them — and the Mini Roadster discontinued as of 2015, the Miata is pretty much alone in its niche.

With no other roadster is as affordable as the MX-5, Mazda is now aiming the 2016 Mazda Miata at the 2013-2015 Porsche Boxster, which is both more expensive and significantly more powerful. In the real world, the Miata would be no match for the German. However, Mazda set out to prove that the Boxster isn’t that much better than the Miata in a comparison made by Mazda Parts USA that takes both performance and pricing into account. We decided to add our own input to this virtual test and have a look at the styling and amenities that come with each roadster as well.

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