Comparing the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2014 Scion FR-S

When in search of a sporty new car in 2014, there are many makes and models from which to choose.

When in search of a sporty new car in 2014, there are many makes and models from which to choose. Many offer special features and specifications that may appeal to many different buyers. However, when it comes to the overall great experience in an automobile, the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2014 Scion FR-S are two great automobiles that should be taken under consideration as possibilities.

Features
One of the features of the Mazda is the convertible aspect. This stylish sports car is available in soft or hard top varieties. The Scion FR-S does not come with the convertible option. Both of these sporty vehicles are standard equipped with a CD player, navigation systems, leather steering wheel, and power accessories. For interior comfort, the Scion offers the rider seats with side-bolsters for support when driving in hard driving maneuvers. The Mazda Miata has the comfort of bucket seats to enhance the ride of the passengers traveling in their sports car.

Appearance
The Scion FR-S has a scooped down open faced front, with sleek lines and a low profile. The Mazda has a smooth line look also, but lends itself to be slightly more classy and upscale in appearance. The profile of the Scion is a level bodied vehicle with sport tires and a sleek body style. The Mazda offers the same sleek body but the profile of the vehicle makes it appear to be higher in the back, lending to the lighthearted look of the car.

Performance
When looking to acquire either car, speed is not the focus for this smart consumers purchase. Each of these cars is evenly matched in engine size. They are powerful for a 2.0L engine with such a lightweight design, with the Mazda being the lighter of the two. Weighing in around 300 pounds lighter than the Scion, the Mazda's weight offers this vehicle superior handling over the Scion. This optimal lighter weight distribution and balance puts the Mazda ahead of the Scion for handling and zero to sixty performances. The Mazda boasts a 6.8-second time with a manual engine while the Scion is slower off the starting line with a time of 7.9 for a zero to sixty performance.

Price
The comparison in price of these two vehicles is relatively even. The price of the Scion is slightly higher without the luxury of the convertible aspect. Pricing of the Scion has a starting MSRP of $25,455, while the Miata has a starting MSRP of $23,720. Of course, these prices are subject to change with any additions of accessories or upgrades that the buyer chooses to add. The prices of these two cars are comparable with the Mazda MX-5 Miata being the lesser of the two and both are affordable for most buyers.

Engine Specifications
When it comes to the power that is associated with these sports cars, it is important to compare the sizes of the engines and their performance output. The 2014 Scion FR-S has a 2.0-liter engine with a four-cylinder "boxer". The Mazda MX-5 Miata also has a 2.0-liter engine. However, it boasts an inline four-cylinder engine for smooth performance. The horsepower that is exerted from the Scion is slightly higher than that of the Mazda. The Scion offers a torque rating of 200 horsepower with 151 lb.-ft. of torque, with the Mazda following with numbers of 158 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. torque. When cruising in the Mazda, the consumer will enjoy a fuel economy of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles to the gallon on the highway. The Scion offers slightly better fuel-economy with the 25/34 mileage numbers for city and highway.

If you are in the market for a new sports car in 2014, the Mazda Miata and the Scion FR-S are both great vehicles to own. Sporty and fun, these small but powerful automobiles will definitely have heads turning your way as you cruise through town in your new vehicle.

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