2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
For a compact, sporty convertible, there are few choices on the market that can match the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. To demonstrate this simple fact to our Palmetto and Memphis clients, we have compared the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. Check out the facts, then visit Cox Mazda for a test drive today.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is loaded with standard and optional features that drivers simply can’t get on the Beetle Convertible, including:
- 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata – The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers automatic climate control on the Grand Touring model to keep temperatures constant without drivers having to fuss with controls. For additional convenience, the cruise control function is mounted on the steering wheel near the audio controls, making it easy for drivers to make adjustments without looking away from the road.
- 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – The Beetle doesn’t offer automatic climate control, and, while there is a cruise control function, drivers will have to locate the control on an overpopulated stalk next to the steering wheel and fuss with it while driving.
Performance and Handling
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers a superior design for exceptional handling and outperforms the Beetle in a number of key areas, including:
- 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata – In Car and Driver testing the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was able to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in just 5.9 seconds and decelerate from 70 MPH to a dead stop in 158 feet, partly due to the its lightweight frame and superior design. This also helps the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata achieve enviable fuel economy of up to 27 mpg/city and 36 mpg/highway.
- 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – The Beetle didn’t fare as well in Car and Driver’s competitive testing, taking 6.8 seconds to achieve 60 MPH from a dead stop and requiring 179 feet to come to a halt at 70 MPH – almost 20 feet more than the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Because the Beetle convertible is roughly 600 pounds heavier than the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, it uses more fuel as well, achieving a maximum fuel efficiency of just 25 mpg/city and 34 mpg/highway.
Safety and Reliability
With 16% more Mazda dealerships in the United States, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is easier to service than the Beetle, and it’s proven to be more reliable than the Volkswagen as well:
- 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata – The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is constructed with a hardened steel timing chain to keep the engine running smoothly in time. It is also equipped with upscale safety features like the optional Lane Departure Warning system, which helps to alert drivers should they veer out of their lane while driving.
- 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – The Beetle Convertible is designed with a rubber timing belt that can stretch and break over time which could cause a catastrophic failure of the engine if it should brake while driving. The Beetle cannot be equipped with a Lane Departure Warning system on any trim level.
The Winning 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Is Ready for You at Cox Mazda, Just a Short Trip from Palmetto and Memphis
Get into a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata at your leading Palmetto and Memphis Mazda dealer today. Contact Cox Mazda at (888) 260-1691 or come see us in person at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, FL.