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

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
MSRP
$32,670
Invoice
$30,879
Average Price Paid
$30,891
66 listings nationwide

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2021 Honda Civic
EX FWD
MSRP
$24,200
Invoice
$22,950
Average Price Paid
$23,083
2,318 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
Fair Price
$31,601
Good Price
$30,111
Great Price
$29,259
2021 Honda Civic
EX FWD
Fair Price
$24,130
Good Price
$22,384
Great Price
$21,385

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$34,054
2021 Honda Civic
EX FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$25,055

Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

The Mazda MX-5 Miata endures because it fills a need for simple and affordable driving enjoyment. It’s one of the most affordable sports cars on the road, and one of the most fun, desp...

2021 Honda Civic
EX FWD
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User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
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pjgaecke writes:
While lacking in power, this car makes up for it in spades with personality. The first time you take it around...
Power Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"V8 with 420hp vs I4 with 181hp. The Mustang has lots of low end torque while the Miata requires you to wind it out to get to the power."
Handling Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"Miata has better engineered front and rear independent suspension. The car is also designed to have neutral stability causing it to rotate around the driver and be easily controllable. Mustang has rental car spec suspension and a live rear axle. The weight distribution is not evenly split front to rear. It also lacks the chassis stiffness of the Miata."
Looks/Style Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"It is designed as a convertible. The Mustang is modified from a coupe and has a set of rear seats stretching it out."
Front Seats Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"Much more supportive and designed around a smaller person."
Back Seats Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"There are no rear seats in the Miata."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"It has rear seats in addition to a trunk."
Family Car Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD better.
"There are no rear seats in the Miata."
Value Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"Better suspension. Better Chassis. Excellent engine characteristics (free revving, no rev hang, easy to rev match downshift, great power delivery) despite lack of power. Neutral handling. Better shifter. Easier to operate convertible top. Incredible gas mileage compared to the V8 (35 average vs 14 average)."
Would Buy Ranked 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible RWD worse.
"Better drivers car. Cheaper insurance. Cheaper gas. "
2021 Honda Civic
EX FWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD
2021 Honda Civic
EX FWD
Powertrain Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
26 MPG
26 MPG
32 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
34 MPG
35 MPG
42 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 11.9 gal 12.4 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
181 hp @ 7,000 RPM
181 hp @ 7,000 RPM
174 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque
151 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
151 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
162 lb-ft @ 1,700 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
13:1
13:1
10.6:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
1,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.29 in x 3.59 in
3.29 in x 3.59 in
2.87 in x 3.52 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Optional
Driver Airbag Standard Optional
Passenger Airbag Standard Optional
Front Side Airbags Standard Optional
Curtain Airbags -- Optional
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Rollover -- 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Optional
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Optional
Radio Standard Optional
Power Windows Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Standard Optional
Driver Power Seats -- Optional
Interior
Maximum Seating 2 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43.1 in 42.3 in
Back Legroom -- 37.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 4.6 cu ft 15.1 cu ft
Maximum Payload 386 lbs 985 lbs
Exterior
Length 154.1 in 182.7 in
Width 68.3 in 70.9 in
Height 48.8 in 55.7 in
Wheelbase 90.9 in 106.3 in

Available Options

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
100th Anniversary Special Edition RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
2021 Honda Civic
EX FWD

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