Summer may be winding down in North America, but there are still plenty of places – and time – to drive a convertible this year.
The Italian in this comparison is fluent in Japanese, being a rebadged version of Mazda’s acclaimed Miata. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that.
Underneath its creased hood resides a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 160 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. In sporty Abarth trim, the car gains four additional ponies, though twist remains the same.
Drivers have a choice of either two or three pedals. A manual and automatic transmission is available, both with six forward ratios.
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The base engine in Chevy’s open-air Camaro is also a turbo-four, one that displaces a meatier 2.0-liters. Output clocks in at 275 stallions and 295 pound-feet of torque. Aside from this, you can also get a 335-horsepower V6, a 6.2-liter small block pumping out 455 ponies or even a supercharged V8 in the ZL1 that’s good for 650 horses. Yeah, there’s plenty of choice here.
1LS-trim Camaro convertibles, the most affordable model offered, come with a standard six-speed manual transmission, though an eight-speed automatic is also available in 1LT cars, the next step up the trim ladder.
When it comes to pricing, the little Fiat has a big advantage, starting at right around $26,000, including delivery fees. The thriftiest drop-top Camaro is about seven-grand more expensive. The 124 Spider is also more fuel efficient, stickering at 26 miles per gallon city, 35 highway and 30 MPG combined. In comparison, the turbocharged Camaro – a much larger car – is rated to average just 23 miles per gallon.
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