2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata 2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue Front Three Quarter
On the newest episode of Head 2 Head, host Carlos Lago takes a look at how the newest Mazda Miata fares against the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S. On paper, the cars are incredibly similar. Both cars are front-engined, naturally-aspirated four cylinder-powered sports cars, both sending their grunt to their rear-wheels through six-speed manual transmissions. However, take a closer look, and the similarities begin to slough off. While both are considered sports cars, the Miata adheres closer to the classic sports car definition, with just two seats and a cloth droptop. The BRZ presents a different layout entirely, with four seats and a roof fixed squarely in place. Glance at the powertrains, and the differences become even more evident. Both may be 2.0-liter four cylinders, but where the Miata is an inline configuration, the BRZ gets its oompf from a flat-four. Power for the BRZ is 200 hp, where the Miata lags behind with 155 hp. While substantial, the boost in power over the Mazda does not mean the Subaru is necessarily faster. The Miata, weighing in at a near-ridiculous 2,296 pounds makes use of all 155 ponies well, with the BRZ tipping the scales at a porkier 2,759 pounds. After a few quarter mile runs and some time spend on the figure-eight course, Carlos turns to mountain roads to determine which car puts the biggest smile on his face. While the Miata has the weight advantage on its side, a disturbing presence of body roll dampens the mood slightly, even in the sportiest “Club” trim. The BRZ, on the other hand, corners flat, with minimal muss and fuss. After the round on back roads, Carlos hands the keys over to Motor Trend’s resident hotshot, Randy Pobst to determine once and for all which car takes the budget fun-to-drive crown. Which car wins the comparison? Hit the video below to see what happens.