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Head to Head: 2017 Toyota 86 vs. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Sports cars don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Keep in mind that sports cars are something that provide a fun driving experience due to their quick power delivery, tight handling, and a rear wheel drive setup that will allow you some dynamic driving capabilities.

With that in mind, we are going to put two sports cars head to head today that won’t break the bank but will offer all the fun you can expect from a sports car as a daily driver. Meet the new 2017 Toyota 86 and the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata and let’s get ready to rumble.

2017 Toyota 86 vs. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Exterior Comparison

Exterior-wise, it’s pretty straight forward here. The 2017 Toyota 86 is available only as a coupe and the 2017 Mazda MX-5 is only available as a roadster.

The 2017 Toyota 86 is a very simple looking sports car with some sporty looking attributes. The coupe is built in partnership with Subaru and keeps styling at a pretty subtle level. There aren’t any extreme design angles- just a simple looking sports car.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on the other hand, was recently updated with some pretty aggressive and dynamic styling cues. The redesigned front-end features a very aggressive look.

While both cars are pretty much the same size, the Mazda MX-5 is just a little smaller when it comes to the overall length. The Toyota 86 sits at an overall length of 167 inches while the Mazda MX-5 Miata sits at 154 inches.

2017 Toyota 86 vs. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Comparison

The first thing you’ll realize about the interior of the two cars here is that the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is only available as a two-seater, while the 2017 Toyota 86 has two seats in the back. Nonetheless, it is going to be quite difficult to fit anyone in the back of the 86, so you’re probably better off using it as a shelf.

Both models feature a very basic interior since the main focus here is performance. There aren’t any amazing bells and whistles, but both vehicles feature an interior that is built with quality in mind.

Cargo volume for the 2017 Toyota 86 comes in at 6.9 cubic feet while the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers only 4.59 cubic feet.

2017 Toyota 86 vs. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Performance Comparison

Let’s get down to the fun part of this comparison. The 2017 Toyota 86 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine making a total of 200 horsepower with a maximum torque of 151 lb-ft.  Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. 0 to 60 mph comes in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 134 mph.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 155 horsepower with a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. Mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph comes in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 129 mph.

2017 Toyota 86 vs. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Feature Comparison

As mentioned above, both cars don’t really come with any bells and whistles. That’s because driving performance is the main focus here.

The 2017 Toyota 86 comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen display for your audio controls, manual climate control knobs, steering wheel mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/AUX connectivity, and more. You can add navigation to the Toyota 86, but we really wouldn’t recommend that option. The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on the other hand, is available with a little more. The base Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system with 6-speakers including driver’s headrest speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and manual climate controls. The Mazda MX-5 Miata Club is the mid-level model and adds a couple of performance upgrades plus a Bose Surround Sound audio system, the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system that’s housed in a 7-inch display, two USB inputs, piano black seatback bar trim, and more. The Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring is the top of the line model and adds leather-trimmed heated sport seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, navigation, and a bunch of safety features.

2017 Toyota 86 vs. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overall Comparison

Overall, both cars here offer a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to performance. Yes, they might lack all the bells and whistles that we are used to getting spoiled with these days, but these things are pure pocket rockets that will put a smile on your face. Make sure you head over to your local AutoNation dealer today for a test drive.

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