2017 Mazda Miata vs. 2017 Subaru BRZ: Head to Head

Mazda Miata, Subaru BRZ
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Miata vs. BRZ: Which Small Sports Car Is Right for You?

There’s much to like about the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Subaru BRZ. Both offer incredibly refined handling in a small and comparatively inexpensive package. The Miata is arguably the sportiest and most fun-to-drive car in the class. However, if any other car can compete with its superior driving dynamics, it may be the BRZ.

Aside from the addition of an MX-5 RF trim – which comes with a retractable hardtop – the Miata remains mostly unchanged for the 2017 model year, following a complete redesign in 2016.  Subaru refreshed the BRZ for 2017. It has been updated inside and out with increased horsepower, an improved suspension, standard hill-start assist, and a newly available LCD driver information display. Additionally, Subaru offers a new Performance package with upgraded brakes and shocks.

These two sports cars share many qualities, like their 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, standard manual transmissions, and rear-wheel-drive layouts. However, they differ in other respects. For example, you can’t get the BRZ in a convertible configuration. The BRZ comes standard with an infotainment system, which is optional in the MX-5, but the Miata offers some active safety features, and the BRZ does not.

To figure out which car is best, we’ve compared the BRZ and the Miata in a number of categories using U.S. News scores. Keep in mind that the scores on our site are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.

Read through the following slides to learn more about two of the most dynamic compact sports cars on the road today.

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