What’s better: Mazda MX-5 VS Toyota GT 86 ………
It seems to be that the Japanese love their small sports cars, including the 4 large companies, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan and Honda, have all developed rear-drive sports cars through out the years. Mazda became part of it back in 1988 when they bought out the MX-5.
The Mazda MX-5 has a lot of followers that love the manageable car that comes in a great value package that is the MX-5.
Toyota have also bought out a car that caters for people wanting a friendly sports car with budget thrills, like its 2000 GT from back in the sixties.
So what we are looking at here is whether which of these two friendly sport cars is the better option. Even though, yes, they look very different, ones a coupé and the others a roadster but both under the skin they are revvy, rear-drive chassis and both feel sporty behind the wheel.
As we know there are two engine options for the MX-5 the 1.5 litre or the 2.0 litre, the toyota has a 2.0 litre also.
1st Place: Mazda MX-5
The 2015 MX-5 is leaner, meaner and faster than ever. with it’s agile chassis and punchy engine deliver driving thrills that come close to some hardcore track models. The MX-5 have a roomy cockpit, a long list of kit that famed Japanese reliability and is a convertible that people would love to have on a daily basis.
2nd Place: Toyota GT 86
The GT 86 is also a great handling car and is also as reliable as the MX-5 but it doesn’t quite have the all-round performance as the MX-5 does and also costs more and the running costs.
|Mazda MX-5 2.0i Sport Nav||Toyota GT 86|
|On the road price/total as tested||£23,295/£23,835||£25,000/£25,750|
|Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)||£11,298/48.5%||£11,600/46.4%|
|Annual tax liability std/higher rate||£1,245/£2,491||£1,525/£3,050|
|Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)||£1,655/£2,578||£1,846/£3,077|
|Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost||33/£482/G/£180||33/£521/I/£225|
|Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service||£499 (3y/37,500 mi)||£179/£299/£179|
|Engine||4cyl in/1,998cc||4cyl boxer/1,998cc|
|Peak power/revs||158/6,000 bhp/rpm||197/7,000 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||200/4,600 Nm/rpm||205/6,400 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||6-spd man/rwd||6-spd man/rwd|
|Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel||45 litres/repair kit||50 litres/repair kit|
|Boot capacity||130 litres||243 litres|
|Turning circle/drag coefficient||10.4 metres/N/A||10.8 metres/10.27Cd|
|Basic warranty (miles)/recovery||3yrs (60,000)/3yrs||5yrs (100,000)/1yr|
|Service intervals/UK dealers||12,500 mi (1y)/170||10k miles (1yr)/184|
|Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos||9th/15th||8th/2nd|
|Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars||84/80/93/4 (2015)||N/A|
|0-60/30-70mph||6.6/6.3 secs||7.3/6.8 secs|
|30-50mph in 3rd/4th||3.5/4.6 secs||4.0/5.1 secs|
|50-70mph in 5th/6th||6.1/9.1 secs||6.9/10.7 secs|
|Top speed/rpm at 70mph||133mph/2,800rpm||140mph/2,900rpm|
|Noise outside/idle/30/70mph||56/47/63/72dB||32.3/7.1/355 miles|
|Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range||36.0/7.9/356 miles||27.2/44.8/36.2mpg|
|Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket||210/161g/km/27%||202/180g/km/31%|
|Climate ctrl/leather/heated seats||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/£1,600/£1,600*|
|Met paint/xenon lights/keyless go||£540/LED/yes||£495/yes/yes|