2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2017 Fiat 124 Spider

2017 Fiat 124 Spider

In the realm of sports cars, many revved-up models compete for your consumer dollar—but which one offers what you’re looking for? We’ve conducted a comparison between two leading sports cars: the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. One of these models clearly outshines the other, delivering the goods consumers want in Sarasota, Tampa, and Bradenton. Take a look at how these sporty contenders measure up—then see the team at Cox Mazda to take a test drive of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata!

Speedy Delivery

When a driver is shopping for a sports car, finding a model that delivers thrilling speed is certainly a fundamental expectation. In the realm of fast performance, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF goes the extra mile to outstrip the Fiat 124 Spider:

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: In tests performed by Motor Trend, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF achieved 0 to 60 mph acceleration in a breathtaking 5.8 seconds and zoomed to a quarter-mile in just 14.5 seconds. The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF also achieved an impressive maximum speed of 94.2 mph in a quarter-mile.
  • Fiat 124 Spider: In contrast, the Fiat 124 Spider’s 0 to 60 mph and quarter-mile speeds were a disappointing 6.6 seconds and 15 seconds, respectively. Additionally, the Fiat 124 Spider only reached 92.4 mph in a quarter-mile.

Safety Considerations

A wise driver tempers thrilling speed with smart safety, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF certainly boasts some safety superiority over the Fiat 124 Spider.

For instance, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has a much shorter braking distance than the Fiat 124 Spider. When the vehicle is operating at high speeds and must make a sudden stop, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF can decelerate from 70 mph to a full stop within just 156 feet, while it takes the Fiat 124 Spider 171 feet to fully stop from 70 mph. The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF can also decelerate from 60 mph to 0 mph in just 110 feet, while the 124 Spider will travel 115 feet in order to stop from 60 mph.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF also offers safety and driver-assist features that the Fiat 124 Spider doesn’t have, including an available Lane Departure Warning System that alerts the driver when the car begins drifting out of its lane without the accompanying activation of the appropriate turn signal, and a standard E911 automatic emergency notification feature that uses GPS and cellular communication to notify authorities if any airbags deploy inside the vehicle.

See the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF for Yourself

If you’d like to further explore the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF’s winning features, you can do it in person at Cox Mazda. Our premier dealership is located at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, which is just:

  • 25 minutes from Sarasota via US-301 North
  • 55 minutes from Tampa via I-75 South

Stop in and see us or contact us today to take this gorgeous sports car for a test drive!