2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2019 Toyota 86
For a long time, the Mazda MX-5 Miata pretty much alone in its corner of the automotive industry. However, that space has become a bit more crowded for the new model year. A comparison of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2019 Toyota 86 should teach buyers one important lesson, performance is only a number and the new Mazda MX-5 Miata is a complete lightweight roadster. When the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom, it will feature an updated powertrain that makes an additional 26 horsepower than the previous year’s vehicle as well as new accessory packages and upgraded safety technology. For a boost in aesthetics, the soft version features a new color for the cloth convertible top. Customers can begin the pre-ordering process for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata by calling, 833-241-6312.
A key area where the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is going to appeal to more buyers versus the 2019 Toyota 86 is choice. The new Mazda MX-5 Miata is available in soft- and retractable hard-top versions; whereas the 2019 Toyota 86 remains a hard-top-only coupe. Mazda engineers have revised the system that opens and closes the retractable hard-top. With a single press of a button, drivers of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF can go from coupe to open-top in 13 seconds. Among the other updates made to the 2019 version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata include a telescoping steering wheel. This will allow the driver to find the most comfortable available seating position, keeping drivers as fresh as possible on short trips or long cruises. Independent reviews have noted that the new Toyota 86 can become uncomfortable during long rides.
2019 MX-5 Miata
2019 Toyota 86
|2.0-L, 4-Cyl.||Engine||2.0-L, 4-Cyl.|
|Six-speed manual||Transmission||Six-speed automatic|
Performance Specs and Handling
Both the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2019 Toyota 86 are powered by naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines. It is true that the Toyota coupe makes a bit more horsepower and torque than the new Mazda MX-5 Miata. However, those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Mazda has continually upgraded the suspension and steering components in its convertible roadster. Expert online reviews have praised it for being, ‘extremely fun and engaging to drive, even at low speeds.’ This is thanks to the careful way engineers have balanced the Mazda MX-5 Miata, in addition to adding more power. Those same experts have noted that the Toyota 86’s powerplant isn’t as eager to jump off of the line.
Finally, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is capable of achieving up to 26 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway, when its equipped with the available SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. Under the best circumstances, the 2019 Toyota 86 can post 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.