Roadster Standoff: Who Wins Out?

2020 FIAT 124 Spider vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

2021 FIAT 124 Spider parked next to 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)

2020 FIAT 124 Spider Sport

2020 FIAT 124 Spider Sport

CAPACITY

2 Adults

2 Doors

ENGINE

1.4L MultiAir Turbo 4-Cylinder

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-speed manual

DRIVETRAIN

Rear-wheel drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

25/36

STARTING MSRP

$25,390

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Classica

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Classica

CAPACITY

2 Adults

2 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L SKYACTIV-G® 4-Cylinder

181 hp @ 7000 rpm

151 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-speed manual

DRIVETRAIN

Rear-wheel drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

26/34

STARTING MSRP

$26,580

Tale of Two Classic Roadsters

The roadster convertible is a classic symbol of cool, and that’s never been more true than with the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider. From the more streamlined appearance, compact design with new Urbana Edition accents, to the impressive racing performance of the MultiAir® Turbo engine, the new FIAT 124 Spider takes things to a new level.

The competition isn’t slouching either, however. The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata has its own list of impressive points from design to performance, interior, and tech as well. So, which is better? Let’s break each down to see which comes out on top.

Can’t wait? If you’re starving to experience the one-of-a-kind 2020 FIAT 124 Spider convertible roadster now, head into Crown FIAT Dublin today for a test drive. Our helpful customer service representatives are here to help answer your questions and get you into the FIAT of your dreams.

Uncompromising Performance

Our first contender, the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider, is decked with available Urbana Edition, including gloss-black exterior accents, 17-inch Black Diamond aluminum wheels, and leather-trimmed microfiber racing seats.

Available Veleno Appearance Package adds compelling red accents and color cues throughout the new Spider that bring its style to a new level while available Record Monza exhaust announces the 124 Spider’s entrance in bold fashion. If you want the wind in your hair, the easy-to-use soft-top convertible requires only a quick pull of the lever to draw back the top and ride in style.

Under the hood, the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine offers the most powerful 4-cylinder turbo engine in its class with up to 160 horsepower and 184-lb-ft of torque. Six-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter offers full control over your 2020 FIAT 124 Spider while available Bilstein® performance suspension provides unrivaled handling.

And if you want to draw out the new 124 Spider’s full performance capability, the available Sport Mode Selector increases throttle-to-engine response as well as steering response for maximum performance.

How does the Mazda MX-5 Miata stack up? The 2.0-liter SkyActive-G® 4-cylinder engine generates 181 horsepower. The 6-speed manual transmission comes with available steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters as well.

Designed with the Driving Experience in Mind

The 2020 FIAT 124 Spider offers a cockpit experience that’s both refined and racing-inspired. Available leather-trimmed and microfiber racing seats are complemented by available heated seats.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel offers a grip design that improves handling while adding style while the available perforated sport steering wheel is wrapped in premium-grained leather while the available Veleno Appearance package adds stylish carpeted floor mats.

In yet another best-in-class feature, the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider offers the most cargo room in its class with 4.94 cubic feet, everything you need to store your gear for a leisurely weekend adventure.

Available FIAT® Connect 7.0 offers a 7-inch color touchscreen with Bluetooth® compatibility, available SiriusXM® radio, and popular apps such as Pandora® to play your favorite playlist and podcasts with the Stitcher® app.

Available advanced GPS Navigation System gives you access to 2-D and 3-D maps and city views and information such as speed limit and more. Bose® 9-speaker audio system delivers premium audio quality, whether the top is up or down.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata, by comparison, offers available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility for access to navigation, music, and contacts as well as Siri. Integrated Bose 9-speaker audio system delivers high-quality sound as well.

The New Smart Roadster

The 2020 FIAT 124 Spider is now smarter than ever with new driver-assistance and safety features. No matter where the road takes you, you can be sure your FIAT 124 Spider will keep you safe.

Available Blind Spot Monitoring can alert you when a vehicle enters your blind spot while ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System helps you reverse safely by alerting you when an object is about to cross your path with audio and visual cues.

Standard Park View camera gives you eyes behind the vehicle for added visibility while the available ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera displays a wider angle via the FIAT Connect touchscreen. Electronic Stability Control automatically detects when you drift either way from the lane and will apply subtle brake pressure to individual wheels to recenter itself.

Keyless Enter ‘n Go allows you to open your FIAT 124 Spider with a simple pull of the door handle while the Start/Stop button allows you to start the vehicle without ever pulling out your key.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata offers comparatively fewer safety features with its i-Activsense® system. However, it does offer blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning systems.

2020 FIAT 124 Spider interior

The Spider Weaves It’s Way to Victory

While a worthy opponent, the Mazda MX-5 Miata falls short of the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider’s class-leading 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine, 4.94 cubic feet of storage space, and impressive list of smart driver-assistance features.

But there’s only one way to learn what a true roadster is all about. Stop into Crown FIAT Dublin to take the new 2020 FIAT 124 Spider for a test drive. Experience the power, racing elegance, comfort, and style of riding in the new 124 Spider and see for yourself what it’s really like to sit in the cockpit of the penultimate convertible roadster.