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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD
MSRP
$29,155
Invoice
$27,568
Average Price Paid
$28,029
315 listings nationwide

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2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
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Club RWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$31,947
2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$35,372
24 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The Mazda MX-5 Miata was an instant hit as soon as it hit the market in 1990, combining the classic British roadster layout with Japanese reliability. Now in its fourth generation, it ...

2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
Andrew Newton Preview:

The BMW Z4 was first introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 2002 as the Bavarian carmaker’s replacement for its previous rear-drive, two-seater convertible offering: the Z3. The Z4 was ...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD
No User Reviews
2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
writes:
I purchased a 2015 BMW 28l. I really enjoy this vehicle as it is reasonably quick and handles well. My only co...
Power Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"Ideally, it would have been a more apples to apples comparison had I driven the TT, not the TTS as the TT is more in line with the BMW Z4 28i. That being said, the TTS was much faster. "
Handling Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"The Z4’s rear-end was was a bit loose when pressed in turns, the TTS was more stable in turns."
Looks/Style Ranked 2016 Audi TTS worse.
"Both vehicles are good looking. However, the Z4’s roadster style is classic and unique, whereas many vehicles have the TT styling."
Front Seats Ranked 2016 Audi TTS worse.
"The front seats in both vehicle were comfortable and up to the task. Subjectively, I liked the Z4’s seats slightly better."
Back Seats Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"Simply because the Z4 doesn’t have rear seats. "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"The TTS has a hatchback and the rear seats can be lowered to provide more storage space. Unfortunately, the Z4’s trunk space is limited with the roof up and very limited with the roof down."
Family Car Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"I do not consider neither car to be a family vehicle, however the TTS is a 4 seater."
Value Ranked 2016 Audi TTS worse.
"The Z4’s hardtop convertible give you the security of a coupe and the convenience/ freedom of a convertible. Additionally, the Z4 (28i) gets better gas mileage than the TTS."
Would Buy Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"The TTS’ interior was more up to date than the Z4. And the TTS has all wheel drive capability. "
writes:
Cramped, rough ride, limited cargo space. Beautiful car!
Handling Ranked 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE S Convertible RWD better.
"Cannot say why it handles better, but it does."
Value Ranked 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE S Convertible RWD worse.
"A beautiful, well-proportioned car priced where it should be."
writes:
Reasonably priced & better looking. Soft tops look cheesy!
Handling Ranked 2016 Porsche Boxster S better.
"Mid engine car."
Value Ranked 2016 Porsche Boxster S worse.
"All year round hard top cabrio. Faster with a tune. Heated steering wheel with winter package. Much less expensive with Italian styling."

Specs

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD
2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
Powertrain
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
RWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
26 MPG
26 MPG
22 MPG
22 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
33 MPG
35 MPG
33 MPG
34 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 11.9 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
155 hp @ 6,000 RPM
155 hp @ 6,000 RPM
240 hp @ 5,000 RPM
240 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque
148 lb-ft @ 4,600 RPM
148 lb-ft @ 4,600 RPM
260 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM
260 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
13:1
13:1
10:1
10:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.29 in x 3.59 in
3.29 in x 3.59 in
3.3 in x 3.56 in
3.3 in x 3.56 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats -- Standard
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 2 seats 2 seats
Front Legroom 43.1 in 42.2 in
Back Legroom -- --
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 4.6 cu ft 8 cu ft
Maximum Payload 408 lbs --
Exterior
Length 154.1 in 167 in
Width 68.3 in 76.8 in
Height 48.8 in 50.8 in
Wheelbase 90.9 in 98.3 in

Available Options

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Club RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Arctic White
  • Ceramic Metallic
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Machine Gray
  • Soul Red Crystal

Option Packages

  • Appearance Package
  • Brembo/BBS Package
  • Brembo/BBS Recaro Package
  • Soul Red Crystal Paint Charge
2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Deep Sea Blue Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Mineral Gray Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic
  • Valencia Orange Metallic

Option Packages

  • Cold Weather Package
  • Hyper Orange Package
  • M Sport Package
  • Premium Sound Package
  • Sport Package
  • Ivory White Burnt Sienna Package
  • Technology Package
  • BMW Individual Contrasting Hardtop
  • Park Distance Control
  • Black, Kansas Leather Upholstery
  • Black/Orange, Extended Alcantara/Leather
  • Canberra Beige, Kansas Leather Upholstery
  • Coral Red, Kansas Leather Upholstery
  • Walnut, Kansas Leather Upholstery
  • Heated Front Seats

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