2019 FIAT 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 Miata: Head to Head

124 Spider vs. MX-5 Miata

White FIAT 124 Spider parked in front of a building

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

Mazda MX-5 Miata
Sport

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

CAPACITY

2 Adults

2 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L SKYACTIV-G® 4-Cylinder

181 HP at 7000 rpm

151 lb-ft at 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-Speed Manual

DRIVETRAIN

Rear-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

26/34

STARTING MSRP

$25,730

2019 FIAT 124 Spider
Classica

2019 FIAT 124 Spider Classica

CAPACITY

2 Adults

2 Doors

ENGINE

1.4L MultiAir Turbo 4-Cylinder

160 hp @ 5,500 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-Speed Manual

DRIVETRAIN

Rear-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

26/35

STARTING MSRP

$25,440

Introducing The Car Combatants

In this corner, behold the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider, an Italian roadster that sports the glamorous exterior of a vehicle favored by film playboys and super spies. Sports seats, a six-speed transmission, turbo engine and a sporty racing stripe all give this vehicle a classy elegance underlined by a strong growl from the engine.

And in that corner, the Mazda MX-5 Miata, a light Japanese roadster famed for a sleek and curving chassis that practically hugs the ground it flies over. Nimble and stable, the vehicle takes corners like a demon and opens the senses to all that a convertible can offer on the road.

So, which vehicle is better? Ultimately, that question can only be answered by the individual. But that doesn’t mean a comparison is impossible. Consider the following aspects from both vehicles, and come by Crown Fiat Dublin for a test drive today.

Start with How they Handle

For the driver looking for a rear-wheel drive convertible, the short list will include the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata. From the physical aesthetic, these two vehicles do not resemble one another in body type except that they both function as two-seat roadsters.

To consider their differences, start with how they handle. The Mazda MX-5 Miata makes use of its compact body and light weight to create a quick and agile driving experience. This can be an invaluable aid in any circumstance, since feeling in complete control while driving allows the driver to make better decisions and react with clear action.

The 2019 FIAT 124 Spider also provides a smooth ride and less body roll when it comes to cornering, which means the driving experience will prove to be relaxing and easy for any driver. However, the 2019 124 Spider provides more peace of mind while driving thanks to superior sound insulation and better suspension.

In the end, the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider grants a smoother ride that will be more rewarding for driving purists.

Tale of the Tape Under the Hood

If one were to compare the power of the engines between the Mazda MX-5 and the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider, it would be similar to comparing the differences in power between light heavyweight and heavyweight boxer.

Under the hood of the 2019 FIAT 214 Spider sits a 1.4-liter engine capable of producing 164 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Mazda MX-5, on the other hand, upgraded from its 2019 model and now favors a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that can max out the horsepower at 181 while producing 151 lb-ft of torque.

In other words, the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider gets better torque but the Mazda has the edge in horsepower. Both vehicles also provide the choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.

Finally, both vehicles sport almost identical fuel efficiency ratings. However, the 2019 124 Spider with a six-speed manual transmission has a slight edge with an EPA-estimated 35 MPG on the highway compared to the 34 MPG highway rating in the Miata.

Exterior and Interior

The Mazda MX-5 Miata body has an aggression which matches its engine, with slim headlights and taillights accentuating the vehicle’s wide body and low center of gravity. The 2019 FIAT 124 Spider, being small and low to the ground as well, favors rounded headlights and creases to accentuate the vehicle’s Italian design background. Both vehicles also come with a manual fabric roof as a standard feature.

Both vehicles feature similar low dashboards, clever cabin storage space and compact spacing that comes as a standard feature in any small two-seater vehicles. However, the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider offers better trim and a slightly larger trunk storage space.

Interior view of a FIAT 124 Spider steering wheel and infotainment system

Put the 20219 FIAT 124 Spider to the Test at Crown FIAT Dublin

The Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider both provide an excellent driving experience. Still having trouble deciding? Eager to see what else the vehicles can do? If you want to learn more, come and see our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Crown Fiat of Dublin and find out for yourself.