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Ford Mustang vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

When we compare the Ford Mustang to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Ford Mustang has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Ford Mustang versus the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a better car than the Ford Mustang.

Ford Mustang versus Mazda MX-5 Miata Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Mustang ranges from $27,941 to $50,233 while a used Mazda MX-5 Miata from the same model year range is priced between $26,000 to $34,989. For a new model, the Ford Mustang's price is between $37,703 and $59,149, with the Mazda MX-5 Miata priced between $27,884 and $35,838.

Ford Mustang versus Mazda MX-5 Miata Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Mustang is 7.7 out of 10 while the Mazda MX-5 Miata's quality rating is 7.9 out of 10. This results in the Ford Mustang being ranked 2 out of 9 Best Convertibles and the Mazda MX-5 Miata being ranked 1 out of 9. Out of 14 Best Sports Cars, the Ford Mustang is ranked 14 and the Mazda MX-5 Miata is ranked 4.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Mustang’s base engine makes 310 horsepower, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata base engine makes 181 horsepower. The Mustang is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 419 miles. The MX-5 Miata is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 405 miles. The Mustang uses regular unleaded, and the MX-5 Miata uses premium unleaded.

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2022 Ford Mustang

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$37,703 - $59,149

Used Asking Price:

$27,941 - $50,233

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$27,884 - $35,838

Used Asking Price:

$26,000 - $34,989

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

31.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

6.9 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.2 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 9
2 / 9
4 / 14
5 / 9
6 / 14
10 / 14

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 14
1 / 9
1 / 9
2 / 14
2 / 9
4 / 14

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

EcoBoost, GT Premium, EcoBoost Premium

Trim Levels

Club, Sport, Grand Touring

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

350 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.084 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

181 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque:

151 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.077 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 27 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

310 / 419 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 34 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

309 / 405 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Not yet available

Pedestrian Detection:

Not yet available

Lane Departure Warning:

Not yet available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Not yet available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Not yet available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Not yet available

360-Degree Camera:

Not yet available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Not yet available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Not yet available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

45.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

29.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

44.7 inches

Cargo Space:

11.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

79.2 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

52.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

Not yet available

Rear Leg Room:

Not yet available

Rear Shoulder Room:

Not yet available

Cargo Space:

4.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3676 lbs

Width:

81.9 inches

Height:

54.9 inches

Length:

188.5 inches

Wheelbase:

107.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2341 lbs

Width:

68.3 inches

Height:

48.6 inches

Length:

154.1 inches

Wheelbase:

90.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.9 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P235/55R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P195/50R16