Poll: Fiat 124 Spider or Mazda MX-5 Miata?

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Poll: Fiat 124 Spider or Mazda MX-5 Miata?

These two roadsters are built on the same bones, but they are decidedly different.

The Fiat 124 Spider was just unveiled at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, and although it is built on the same platform as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, it uses a different engine. So, if you ever thought the Miata was too slow, its Fiat cousin offers a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine packing 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Miata is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 155 hp and 148 lb-ft.

And then there’s the question of reliability and which one looks better. Which roadster would you rather have? Answer our poll below.

BUT FIRST: Read more about the Fiat 124 Spider here and the Mazda MX-5 Miata here

  • Maximania

    I’m surprised myself, but up until a week ago I totally would have chosen the Miata. But eventually, the Fiat grew on me. And with that engine to boot, I find myself “switching sides”.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    More often than not these polls stagger me. Has everyone forgotten that fiat is the worst manufacturer right now? Their build quality is terribad leading them to have the most problems. Sure the extra hp is nice, but not at the cost of reliability and let’s not forget the new Mazda is also light so it doesn’t need a lot of power to make it fun.

  • johnls39 .

    That Fiat Spider looks like a Spider Monkey with shoes on. However, it should do O.K. in sales. But I prefer the Miata.

  • earl

    I much prefer the looks of the Fiat version, especially the front end. I believe they are both being built in the Mazda factory so reliability should be equal. Waiting for road tests. Of the three Mazdas I’ve owned, one had a crappy power train….

  • SoloCup

    As an Abarth owner, I can tell you these cars are quite reliable, no matter what JD Power says. The 500 is a $13,000 car. I think the people who fill out the surveys are expecting a build you cant get at this price point. Owner loyalty is high.

  • jerryhammons

    I have owned one Miata, a ’99 5 speed. These cars are money pits. Not because they are unreliable, but because it is almost impossible to refrain from spending money on them for fun. But that is also one of the cars strengths. There are an almost infinite number of aftermarket parts and accessories for them. You could start with a body, and build an entire car from aftermarket parts. I would definitely take a Miata over a Fiat (I’ve seen a lot of broken down Fiat 500s) but unfortunately, due to medical reasons, I had to give it up for something that was easier to get in and out of, and with no clutch.

  • craigcole

    FIAT! I prefer its looks and significant torque advantage.

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  • NewGuy

    I prefer the looks of the Fiat. And, of course the additional horsepower/torque would be great. The only wild card for me is the reliability of the Fiat engine.

    And, of course, this is based solely on what limited information is available about the Fiat. Is it going to have the same transmission? Will the suspension be tuned the same? Is it going to be heavier than the Mazda?

  • George Bishopric

    When I was a kid, I loved the 124, and remember thinking, “I want that car with a Corolla reliability.” My bluff may have been called.

  • johnls39 .

    Fuck off, dumbass!

  • marc

    I drive outgoing gen mx-5 miata, NC, and my next car is fiata…

  • Mark S

    Think we need to see how the Fiat drives before voting.

  • Bryant MacDonald

    The Fiat appears to have a more “mature”, less boy racer look but also less aggressive than the Miata. I like the Fiat’s butt more and the lengthened rear makes it look more balanced to my eye. Too bad we couldn’t graft the rear of the 124 on to the Miata. I owned a ’72 124 and it was a great car providing you really took care of it especially the timing belt. It was a big step up from my old ’67 MGB in terms of comfort since the heater worked, the top didn’t leak, it had more ground clearance and a better ride. Not as much fun to drive though. I would want to drive them first but right now if I saw one of them flying up behind me on the PCH in my rear view the Miata with that Ferrari California grill would probably get the right of way. By the way, anyone else think the Miata looks like an 8/10th scaled California?

  • Diesel Diva

    I explicitly did NOT want a Miata. I anxiously waited for the release of the FIAT 124 Spider, which I now very proudly own. 🙂

  • Mark S

    Please elaborate on why one and not the other? Styling, engine choice, the chance to own an Abarth?

  • CallMeIrredeemable

    The Miata is a great car provided you don’t mind the girls asking what your boyfriends name is. The Japanese turned the car over to the Italians, who know two things besides great pasta, how to style a car and how to tune it including the engine, suspension and steering. The Abarth version is bellissimo