2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2016 Scion FR-S

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Scion FR-S

2016 Scion FR-S

Drivers in Bradenton and Tampa turn to the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata for an unmistakable and dynamic design, agile performance, and lots of fun from a compact sport roadster that remains incredibly accessible to drivers with average car buying budgets. It’s not surprising that some folks in this buying market would also want to have a look at the 2016 Scion FR-S, which is why we’ve done the research for you. A closer look shows all the areas where the Mazda MX-5 Miata beats out the competition.

Driving Dynamics

As might be expected from a pair of sport coupes, these models deliver engaging driving experiences thanks to standard rear-wheel drive, front and rear disc brakes, and adept powertrains. However, the 2.0L inline-four on the Mazda MX-5 Miata helps it achieve a sprint from zero to 60 mph time of only 6.3 seconds. That’s faster than the Scion FR-S’s 6.5 second run time in the zero to 60 mph test. In addition, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata serves up more compliant steering and suspension work than its Scion rival. It’s also offered with an available limited slip differential, while the Scion FR-S is not.

Fuel Economy

In spite of its superior driving dynamics behind the wheel, the Mazda MX-5 Miata also gets better fuel economy. The 2.0L inline-four of the Mazda MX-5 Miata achieves strong fuel economy estimates with an EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway and 27 mpg city with a six-speed manual transmission, or 36 mpg highway and 27 mpg city with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2.0L four-cylinder engine on the Scion FR-S is only able to get EPA estimates of 30 mpg highway and 22 mpg city with a six-speed manual transmission, or 34 mpg highway and 25 mpg city with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Trims and Features

For starters, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is offered in Sport, Club, and Grand Touring trim levels, while the Scion FR-S only comes with a single trim option and a few accessories that can be added at the dealership. This means there are some luxury-level features that you can only get on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, such as leather upholstery, heated seats, and advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts, and lane departure warning.


While the Mazda MX-5 Miata is swifter and more fuel-efficient than the Scion FR-S, it’s also more affordable:

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: MSRP from $24,915

  • 2016 Scion FR-S: MSRP from $25,735

Take a Spin in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Even if you’ve driven one of the past renditions of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, it’s time to get into the cockpit of the redesigned 2016 model to feel this roadster as you never have before. It’s on sale now at Cox Mazda, located just a short drive from Tampa at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, FL. We’re open seven days a week, and you can always contact our sales team for more info.