2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2021 Jaguar F-Type

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Safety

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

Warranty

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There are over 3 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MX-5 Miata’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 F-Type.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 12th in initial quality. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 21st in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar 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 F-Type P300 RWD (26 city/35 hwy vs. 23 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda MX-5 Miata uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The F-Type requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The MX-5 Miata offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The F-Type doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The MX-5 Miata stops shorter than the F-Type:

MX-5 Miata

F-Type

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The MX-5 Miata has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The MX-5 Miata’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the F-Type’s (54.5% to 45.5%). This gives the MX-5 Miata more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the F-Type’s (30.8 feet vs. 34.9 feet). The MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 6.2 feet tighter than the F-Type AWD’s (30.8 feet vs. 37 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1400 pounds less than the Jaguar F-Type.

The MX-5 Miata is 1 foot, 9.9 inches shorter than the F-Type, making the MX-5 Miata easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The MX-5 Miata is 5.9 inches narrower than the F-Type, 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 F-Type doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

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 F-Type’s liftover is 33.3 inches.

Ergonomics

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

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 F-Type doesn’t offer cornering lights.

With standard voice command, the MX-5 Miata Club/Grand Touring offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the MX-5 Miata owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the MX-5 Miata will cost $5365 to $11215 less than the F-Type over a five-year period.

The MX-5 Miata will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the MX-5 Miata will retain 43.6% to 45.39% of its original price after five years, while the F-Type only retains 40.76% to 43.42%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda MX-5 Miata will be $32561 to $82054 less than for the Jaguar F-Type.

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 Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 16 of the last 29 years. The F-Type 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 26 years. The F-Type hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata outsold the Jaguar F-Type by over three to one during 2019.

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