2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2019 Ford Mustang

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Safety

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Both the MX-5 Miata and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda 3 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the MX-5 Miata gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang:

 

 

MX-5 Miata

Mustang

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

26 city/34 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/35 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

n/a

20 city/28 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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The MX-5 Miata stops shorter than the Mustang:

 

MX-5 Miata

Mustang

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

164 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The MX-5 Miata Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The MX-5 Miata’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the Mustang’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the MX-5 Miata more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 5.7 feet tighter than the Mustang’s (30.8 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 10.9 feet tighter than the Mustang GT Fastback Performance Pack 2’s (30.8 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1200 to 1400 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

The MX-5 Miata is 2 feet, 10.4 inches shorter than the Mustang, making the MX-5 Miata easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The MX-5 Miata is 7.1 inches narrower than the Mustang, making the MX-5 Miata easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The MX-5 Miata's optional power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The Mustang doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

Ergonomics

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The MX-5 Miata’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ford does not offer a locking feature on the Mustang’s power windows.

The MX-5 Miata has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the MX-5 Miata Grand Touring has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Mustang doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The MX-5 Miata Grand Touring has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Mustang has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the MX-5 Miata is less expensive to operate than the Mustang because typical repairs cost much less on the MX-5 Miata than the Mustang, including $293 less for a muffler, $18 less for front brake pads and $345 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the MX-5 Miata second among compact sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Mustang was rated third in its category.

The MX-5 Miata was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 27 years. The Mustang has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The MX-5 Miata was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 8 of the last 24 years. The Mustang has never been an “All Star.”

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