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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2015 Scion FR-S | Webster, TX

Mazda MX-5 Miata - The Superior Roadster

With all the hype surrounding the new and improved 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, you might be questioning what the best roadster might be for you. Well, at DeMontrond Mazda, we’ve put together a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata competitor comparison, to help you make the right decision. We take a head-to-head look at the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2015 Scion FR-S in Webster, TX. Both of these cars are great for a long winding road trip, but which one is going to give you more of the drive you want?

When the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was announced, it was clear that Mazda didn’t care much about the numbers the Mazda MX-5 Miata put around the track. No, Mazda was more concerned with the type of drive you had while in the car. So, when you compare the Scion FR-S’s 200 horsepower and 151 lbs.-ft. of torque against the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s 155 horsepower and 148 lbs.-ft. of torque, it is clear you get more power from the Scion, but power isn’t what Mazda was going for. They were looking for speed.

The new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is 150 lbs. lighter than its previous model and up to 247 lbs. lighter than the 2015 Scion FR-S. When the Mazda MX-5 Miata compared speed to the previous model, even though the new version has less horsepower, it was faster around the track due to the 150 lbs. weight loss. Knowing that, you can only assume that the 247 lbs. heavier Scion would be slower around the track because the engine has to use that extra horsepower to move more weight around.

You might think that the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s weight loss means it offers less features. Though Mazda did remove some un-necessary features, such as a standard glovebox, the Mazda MX-5 Miata still comes with more features than even the highest trim on the FR-S. For example, even though the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has an easy up and down cloth top that you can open and close with one hand, it still comes with a glass rear window, a feature that the 2015 Scion FR-S doesn’t have. Similarly, you get a more luxurious interior in the Mazda MX-5 Miata with standard heated leather-trimmed seats. In the Scion, you can find a comfortable position on the cloth seats.

When looking through a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata competitor comparison in Webster, TX, keep in mind that the purpose of a true roadster is to give you a comfortable and thrilling drive. So, numbers around a track aren’t nearly as important as how the car handles around the s-curves, or if you know you could spend hours driving around the countryside. In the Mazda MX-5 Miata, with precision electronic steering, driver assist safety features, and just enough comforts to keep you enjoying every mile, it is clear which is the superior roadster.

To experience your own 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata competitor comparison in Webster, TX, come in to DeMontrond Mazda for a test drive. See what makes the Mazda MX-5 Miata a great roadster for the modern driver.


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