2016 Mazda MX-5 vs 2015 Porsche Boxster, a Tale of Two Roadsters [infographic]

Mazda MX-5 compared against Porsche Boxster: 90% of the Performance for Less than 50% of the Cost


The word is out that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 is a hoot to drive and remains true to its roots as a lightweight roadster inspired by the original Miata. If you haven’t already seen the review, you might want to read Emme Hall’s initial driving impressions of Mazda’s fourth generation affordable two-seater. While the 2016 MX-5 is curvier, faster, lighter, and more fuel efficient than the model it replaces, the Miata isn’t the only drop-top sports car that sparks thrills and ear-to-ear grins.

Consider the Porsche Boxster: a stylishly, fun roadster with a flash of individuality. The Boxster and Miata have similar performance numbers, they both offer manual transmissions, and they both capture the spirit of open-air driving. Yes, the Boxster is a “Porsche” and thousands of dollars more expensive than the Miata, but it has the heart of a true sports car and isn’t absurdly expensive.

Below is an infographic that compares the 2016 Mazda MX-5 against the 2015 Porsche Boxster. In some respects they are not too far apart; in others there is a huge gap between the two fun-in-the sun convertibles. Bottom line: the MX-5 has about 90 percent of the performance for less than 50 percent of the cost. (Click the image a couple of times if you have trouble reading the small print)


Can you call out more similarities or differences between the open-top wo-seaters? Be sure to let us know where your loyalties lie in the comment section.

Thanks goes to MazdaPartsUSA.com for sharing their infographic.

Not convinced? Emme drives three generations of Miatas and tells us what to expect from the 2016 MX-5.