2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The MX-5 Miata has standard Smart City Brake Support, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Corvette doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The MX-5 Miata’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Corvette doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the MX-5 Miata and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The MX-5 Miata’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the MX-5 Miata has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the MX-5 Miata’s reliability 65 points higher than the Corvette.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 25th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the MX-5 Miata Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Corvette Auto with its standard engine (26 city/35 hwy vs. 15 city/27 hwy).

Suspension and Handling

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The MX-5 Miata’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Corvette’s (40% to 60%). This gives the MX-5 Miata more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the Corvette with Magnetic Ride Control’s (30.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet). The MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 7.3 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (30.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1200 pounds less than the Chevrolet Corvette.

The MX-5 Miata is 2 feet, 4.2 inches shorter than the Corvette, making the MX-5 Miata easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The MX-5 Miata is 7.8 inches narrower than the Corvette, making the MX-5 Miata easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the MX-5 Miata easier. The MX-5 Miata’s trunk lift-over height is 32 inches, while the Corvette’s liftover is 38.7 inches.

Ergonomics

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

The MX-5 Miata Grand Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the MX-5 Miata Grand Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Corvette doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Corvette doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda MX-5 Miata, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The MX-5 Miata was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 8 of the last 26 years. The Corvette has never been an “All Star.”

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