2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs 2018 Subaru BRZ

gray 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs blue 2018 Subaru BRZ

For drivers who desire thrills and chills without breaking the bank, affordable sports cars are an outstanding option. While there aren't a ton of models to choose from, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and Subaru BRZ stand out as two of the most stylish, reliable, and well-equipped models out there.

If you would like to be the envy of the neighborhood and drive home in an affordable yet sporty vehicle, chances are you've considered the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and 2018 Subaru BRZ. We invite you to utilize the comparison below to get a better idea of how these two models compare. Then, you can get behind the wheel and make a well-informed buying decision.

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club


2018 Subaru BRZ Premium

27 city / 36 highway mpg Fuel Economy 21 city / 29 highway mpg
2,863 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 3,682 lbs.
Standard Heated Front Seats Only available on higher trims
Standard Blind Spot Monitoring Only available on higher trims

In terms of performance, both models come standard with a 4-cylinder engine as well as rear-wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission. While the Subaru BRZ has a bit more power, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF can achieve better fuel efficiency both in the city and on the highway. The two models both come with LED headlights and 17-inch wheels, though each has its own unique exterior styling. The Mazda Miata RF is shorter in length and lighter. On the inside, it has room for two passengers, compared to the BRZ's four-passenger seating capacity, but it also comes with heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, and voice recognition, all of which are only available on higher trims of the Subaru BRZ. Which vehicle is right for you?

Test Drive the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF in Dayton, OH!

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is available in two different trim levels—Club and Grand Touring. Both are equipped with a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter I-4 engine that can deliver 148 lb-ft torque and go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. When you get in the driver's seat of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, you can take advantage of a wide array of available features, such as push button ignition, leather-trimmed seats, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming capability, Bose® 9-speaker audio system, MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, and much more.

When you are ready to experience the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF in Dayton, OH, we invite you to schedule a test drive with our team at Matt Castrucci Mazda.