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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe

Car shoppers looking for their next high-performance roadster have some great options to choose from, but one roadster that stands out among top competitors is the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. The 2017 MX-5 Miata RF is a hardtop convertible that offers the stability of a fixed-roof coupe, and one of our favorite things about the vehicle is that the folding top doesn’t reduce trunk space at all, which is a rare commodity among convertibles.

When you’re looking for a new vehicle, it’s really important to compare similar vehicles, whether they be from the same automaker or from different ones. So how does the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF compare to top competitors? We’re putting the roadster to the test against the competing 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe
$21,915 Base Trim MSRP $29,990
26/33/29 mpg (city/highway/combined) EPA Mileage Estimates 18/26/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
Optional for all trims Navigational Aid Not available on all trims
43.1 inches Legroom 42.9 inches

The 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe comes in six trim levels: 370Z, 370Z Sport, 370Z Sport Tech, 370Z Touring, 370Z Nismo and 370Z Nismo Tech. The 370Z, 370Z Sport, 370Z Sport Tech, 370Z Touring trims come standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that generates 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, while the 370Z Nismo and 370Z Nismo Tech trims offer a slightly more powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. No other engine options are available. Key performance features include available 14-inch disc brakes, available paddle shifters, 55/45 weight distribution, Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF comes in three trim levels: Launch Edition, Club and Grand Touring. All trims can be equipped with either a SKYACTIV®-MT six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 MX-5 Miata RF features a folding hardtop that is able to open or close in just 13 seconds. Technology highlights available include the Commander Control®, a Bose® premium audio systems with nine speakers (including headrest speakers) and standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio. The 2017 Mazda Miata RF also offers a variety of advanced safety features including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, the Lane Departure Warning System, High Beam Control, the Adaptive Front Lighting System and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Drivers interested in meeting the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF in person are encouraged to stop in and see us at Matt Castrucci Mazda or schedule an obligation-free test drive online. Have questions before getting behind the wheel of this powerful roadster? No problem! Feel free to give our team a call and we’ll be able to answer any questions you may have.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF exterior styling
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF folding hardtop
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF engine performance
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF interior color option

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