FIAT 124 Spider vs Mazda MX-5 Miata: 2-Seat Roadster Comparison

Fiat 124 Spider vs Mazda MX5 Miata

Two vehicles that resemble each other so closely that they’re like brothers are the FIAT 124 Spider and Mazda MX-5 Miata. Both are 2-seat roadsters designed to handle quick turns when driving around town or zooming down highways like the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

They also give you an open-air driving experience when you put down the soft top, perfect when our area’s nice summer weather comes around. In fact, both give you many similar features inside such as:

  • Heated front seats to keep you warm on a cool night
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with available paddle shifters
  • 6-speed manual & 6-speed automatic transmission choices
  • Navigation system
  • Automatic temperature control

However, there are a few reasons why the FIAT 124 Spider is the superior choice to the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Fiat 124 Spider vs Mazda Miata

FIAT 124 Spider vs Mazda MX-5 Miata: Model Options

We know that you like to have choices when you’re shopping for a new car to find one that fits your personal style. The Mazda MX-5 Miata offers 3 trims that look and perform very similarly to one another. But what if you want something that has a different design?

The FIAT has 4 options to choose from including the base Classica, the upgraded Lusso and the performance-oriented Abarth that offers a unique look & kicks your power ratings up a notch, not to mention the FIAT 124 Spider Urbana Edition that gives you a sporty appearance along with some exclusive features.

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FIAT 124 Spider vs Mazda MX-5 Miata: Added Safety

There are a couple of safety features that are not available for the MX-5 Miata that you can get in the 124 Spider. The first is rear cross path detection, which helps when you’re backing out of parking space or driveway by alerting you visually & audibly when a vehicle is approaching your roadster from either side.

The second upgrade only offered on the 124 Spider is the ParkSense rear park assist system, which goes hand-in-hand with the onboard ParkView rear backup camera. This technology will alert you with a chime when you’re about to back into an object or person to avoid a fender bender or worse.

Mazda MX5 Miata vs Fiat 124 Spider

FIAT 124 Spider vs Mazda MX-5 Miata: Accolades

Several automotive critics have given recognition to the FIAT 124 Spider, most recently winning Best Sports Car in the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. It beat out other popular models in North New Jersey including:

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Toyota 86
  • Chevy Camaro
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Audi S3
  • Ford Mustang

Kelley Blue Book's expert review tours about the 124 Spider's handling prowess, precise steering, minimal wind buffering & quiet interior to hear calls done on Bluetooth much like a regular car and music played from the exceptional sound system. Audio options for the FIAT include 4 standard speakers or 9 Bose speakers including a subwoofer.

The last time the Mazda MX-5 Miata earned this accolade was in 2015, even before the FIAT 124 Spider returned to New Jersey. Not to mention the Abarth edition ranking #2 on Driving Today’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $35,000 list last year, whereas the Miata only came in at #9.

Ramsey FIAT will help you find the right FIAT 124 Spider to meet your driving needs, so contact our team to learn more about how it’s the better choice than the Mazda MX-5 Miata!

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