Purist Challenge

Two of the most pure driving machines have been placed against each other and are brought to you as a comparison to see which one is the better driving machine.  These two cars both have front engine setups with rear-wheel drive dynamics.  Both have been considered to be fun to drive, active and engaging on the road and give us a lot of fun from behind the wheel in order to have the drive we want.  Both these cars are also under $30,000 at the base price, making them two of the most affordable sports cars on the market today.

These two cars are the newly designed 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata (Club) and the 2015 Subaru BRZ.  As a pair of beauties these two offers the driving dynamics that make them fun and give you the size that is easy to drive and give you the power you desire in order to be the right amount that makes it so you can take full advantage of the sportiness and on road manners of the car.  Here is how these two stacks up as far as the statistics are concerned.

The Miata comes in powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that brings 155 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque.  This is attached to a six-speed manual transmission with the car sitting on a 90.9 inch wheelbase.  At a weight of only 2,296 pounds this car came in with a base price of $29,420.

On the other side of the comparison the BRZ is powered by a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine that shows up with 200 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque.  This engine is also attached to a six-speed manual transmission but the wheel base for this car is a bit longer at 101.2 inches.  Even though there is more power the BRZ weighs much more at 2,759 pounds but does come in at a lower base price at $26,490.

As for the first part of any test with a couple speedsters, the run to sixty mph came in at 5.8 seconds for the Miata with a time to the quarter mile mark of 14.5 seconds at a speed of 94.2 mph.  For the BRZ the run to sixty took 6.3 seconds and the time to the quarter mile was similarly behind the Miata as the BRZ completed it in 14.9 seconds at a speed of 94.6 mph.  For this straight line sprinting test, the Miata was the clear favorite.  The braking advantage also went to the Miata at 111 feet to stop from sixty mph with the BRZ completing the task in 116 feet.

As for a run around a figure eight track, the handling of the BRZ appeared to be better from a visual standpoint because the Miata has a lot of body roll and feels like it’s ready to turn over at any second, but even with that feeling the numbers tell the tale.  The BRZ with its flatter handling made the loop in 25.7 seconds while the Miata came in at 25.2 seconds and is easy to maneuver around the track.  The advantage once again goes to the new Miata.

When it comes to open road driving the BRZ offers a better overall handling because of a lack of body roll and makes you want to push it harder through the corners to see what kind of speed you can come out with at the other end.  The Miata has always been built for fun and the new Miata certainly carries over the ideal of fun and driving enjoyment that gives you all the feedback you could ever want in a car.

Can you go wrong with either car?  Not really, yes they are both similar in power but different in how that power is used in order to give each car the performance that is desired.  The suspension of the BRZ offers you the ability to drive through the twists and turns and even control a small amount of slide that can happen from the rear end.  The Miata makes every shift and move more pronounced so you can have the most fun from a drive possible.  Which one is right for you?  That is a question only you can answer for yourself.

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