Mazda MX-5 Miata vs Subaru BRZ

2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata
$28,050MSRP
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2022 Subaru BRZ
2022 Subaru BRZ
$27,995MSRP
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2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata
$28,050MSRP
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2022 Subaru BRZ
$27,995MSRP
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MSRP

$28,050

MSRP

$27,995

Average price

$20,480

Average price

$22,742

Listings

2490

Listings

539
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10
Pros
  • Street-legal go-kart
  • Top-down driving joy
  • Perfect instrumentation
Cons
  • Interior is a snug fit
  • Not much cargo space
  • Potentially unsafe in a crash
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Easy-to-use technology
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Cramped back seat

Reviews Summary

Mazda’s legendary two-seat, rear-drive roadster isn’t the most powerful or the fastest sports car you can buy, and it won’t elicit envy as a luxury-brand convertible can. But some people will longingly stare as you drive by with the top down, music on, and hair tousled by the breeze, wishing they could get a Mazda-badged reality escape pod of their own. We say go for it, new or used, from any of the four generations of MX-5s. But the 2022-2023 versions are the best.

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Subaru performance has traditionally boiled down to three letters: WRX. But for almost a decade, Subaru fans have gotten familiar with another three-letter code: BRZ.

The Subaru BRZ is unlike anything else in the automaker’s lineup. Subaru is known for building practical cars with all-wheel drive (AWD) and turbocharged engines, but the BRZ throws all of that away. It’s a willfully impractical two-door coupe with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a naturally aspirated engine, aimed at providing the most satisfying driving experience.

The first-generation BRZ was introduced as a 2013 model, so the sports car was due for a redesign. The 2022 Subaru BRZ gets a restyled exterior and a more powerful engine, as well as more tech features than its predecessor. As before, the BRZ is twinned with a Toyota product. Its previous counterpart was the Scion FR-S; it's now the Toyota 86, which was renamed GR 86 as part of its redesign (and is covered in a separate review). Subaru is taking orders for the new BRZ now, but deliveries aren’t expected to begin until late October or early November.

Subaru keeps the 2022 BRZ lineup simple, with just Premium and Limited trim levels to choose from. We spent a day with the higher-tier BRZ Limited, driving it on winding Connecticut roads as well as the race circuit and autocross course at Lime Rock Park.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 181 hp I4

Engine

2.4L 228 hp H4

Drive Train

RWD

Drive Train

RWD

Seating Capacity

2

Seating Capacity

4

Horsepower

181 hp @ 7000 rpm

Horsepower

228 hp @ 7000 rpm

MPG City

26

MPG City

20

MPG Highway

34

MPG Highway

27
2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata
$28,050MSRP
Overview
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2022 Subaru BRZ
2022 Subaru BRZ
$27,995MSRP
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2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata
$28,050MSRP
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2022 Subaru BRZ
$27,995MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$28,050
$27,995
Average price
$20,480
$22,742
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
4.5
Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10

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7.7 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Street-legal go-kart
  • Top-down driving joy
  • Perfect instrumentation
Cons
  • Interior is a snug fit
  • Not much cargo space
  • Potentially unsafe in a crash
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Easy-to-use technology
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Cramped back seat
Summary
Mazda’s legendary two-seat, rear-drive roadster isn’t the most powerful or the fastest sports car you can buy, and it won’t elicit envy as a luxury-brand convertible can. But some people will longingly stare as you drive by with the top down, music on, and hair tousled by the breeze, wishing they could get a Mazda-badged reality escape pod of their own. We say go for it, new or used, from any of the four generations of MX-5s. But the 2022-2023 versions are the best.

Subaru performance has traditionally boiled down to three letters: WRX. But for almost a decade, Subaru fans have gotten familiar with another three-letter code: BRZ.

The Subaru BRZ is unlike anything else in the automaker’s lineup. Subaru is known for building practical cars with all-wheel drive (AWD) and turbocharged engines, but the BRZ throws all of that away. It’s a willfully impractical two-door coupe with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a naturally aspirated engine, aimed at providing the most satisfying driving experience.

The first-generation BRZ was introduced as a 2013 model, so the sports car was due for a redesign. The 2022 Subaru BRZ gets a restyled exterior and a more powerful engine, as well as more tech features than its predecessor. As before, the BRZ is twinned with a Toyota product. Its previous counterpart was the Scion FR-S; it's now the Toyota 86, which was renamed GR 86 as part of its redesign (and is covered in a separate review). Subaru is taking orders for the new BRZ now, but deliveries aren’t expected to begin until late October or early November.

Subaru keeps the 2022 BRZ lineup simple, with just Premium and Limited trim levels to choose from. We spent a day with the higher-tier BRZ Limited, driving it on winding Connecticut roads as well as the race circuit and autocross course at Lime Rock Park.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 181 hp I4
2.4L 228 hp H4
Drive Train
RWD
RWD
Seating Capacity
2
4
Horsepower
181 hp @ 7000 rpm
228 hp @ 7000 rpm
MPG City
26
20
MPG Highway
34
27
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