2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2016 BMW Z4

2016 MX-5

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Z4

2016 BMW Z4

There are not many vehicles that can go head-to-head with a car like the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and if you’re a Palmetto or Memphis driver shopping for a new roadster, you probably already know that. Priced starting at $24,915 (MSRP), the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers a level of class that is hard to find at even twice that price.

To prove our point, we want to put the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata up against the 2016 BMW Z4, a rival priced at $49,700.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Handles Like a Dream

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata handling is one of the biggest advantages it has had in its twenty-five year lifetime, with Mazda intentionally tuning it to enhance driver engagement and take full advantage of its balanced rear-wheel drive layout and precision steering. The available limited-slip differential makes the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata ready for trips to the track on the weekend.

In reviewing the 2016 BMW Z4, The Car Connection described the vehicle as having a muted feel from the typical M Division vehicles and featuring less intuitive steering. The upgrade to BMW’s available M Sport Package might put its performance more in line with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but it would also bump the BMW’s price even higher.

Interior Features and Design

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata looks sharp at a distance, but when you get behind the wheel, the impeccable sense of style of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata truly comes into focus. You’ll find features like these standard on each model:

  • Bluetooth phone and audio
  • Six-speaker stereo system
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available amenities like a nine-speaker Bose stereo system with headrest speakers, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation, high-tech safety gadgets, and more can be found on the Club and Grand Touring trims. There is even a package for 17-inch forged BBS wheels, an aero body kit, and Brembo front brakes. In order to put the BMW Z4 on similar footing to the top-of-the-line 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, you would need to upgrade it past its basic 28i trim level. And even then, there would be about $20,000 difference between two comparable vehicles.

American Roadster Style

While Mazda is a Japanese automaker, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a wholly American roadster, featuring an aggressive front end with a hood reminiscent of that Mazda “M.” The rear sports a pair of circular brake lights that leave a lasting impression on a driver when a Miata leaves them in its wake. The sides are almost entirely smooth but for a small lip beneath the door, guiding the eye back to the rear wheels, where the power kicks in.

To contrast, the BMW is a distinctly European vehicle with a raised, bulbous hood, a rounded back end that looks more fitting for a family sedan, and a pair of mirrors that stick out like awkward ears. BMW seemed eager to carve lines down the side of their roadster and drop their logo all over it. Your mileage may vary, but the BMW Z4 looks overwrought to us.

Test Drive a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Near Memphis and Palmetto at Cox Mazda

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the latest in a long line of roadsters beloved by Memphis and Palmetto drivers. Let us show you everything that sets the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata apart from the 2016 BMW Z4. Contact Cox Mazda online or give us a call at (941) 749-2790 to schedule a test drive of a new Miata – or just drop by seven days a week at 3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST in Bradenton, FL.