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2019 FIAT 124 Spider Lusso

2019 FIAT 124 Spider

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Contest of the Affordable Sports Cars: Fiat 124 vs. Miata

Lately we’ve seen more and more small sports cars rolling around Seattle. We’re not surprised. Who wouldn’t want to be seen in a Fiat 124 Spider with the top down on a nice day? Of course, the Fiat 124 isn’t the only affordable sports car on the market. A lot of our customers at FIAT of Tacoma of Tacoma have asked how the Fiat 124 compares to the Mazda Miata. This is a good question, as the cars are similar in a lot of ways. We want you to make an informed decision, so let’s do a comparison of the Fiat 124 vs. the Mazda Miata.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider


2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata


35 mpg

Fuel Efficiency (Hwy MPG)

35 mpg
4 years/50,000 miles

Basic Warranty

3 years/36,000 miles
1.4L I4 MultiAir Turbo


2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
160 hp


181 hp
4 years/unlimited miles

Roadside Assistance

3 years/36,000 miles

Fiat 124 vs. Miata: Price

The MSRP for the basic models of the Fiat 124 (Classica) and the Mazda Miata (Sport) start at around the same price – $25,440 for the Fiat 124, vs $25,730 ($26,650 including destination fee) for the Mazda Miata. As you can see, there is a slight savings with the Fiat 124. However, that difference gets more pronounced as you go up in trims. The MSRP for the Grand Touring, which is the top model for the Mazda Miata, is $30,780, or $31,700 if you include the destination fee. But the MSRP for the Fiat 124 Abarth is only $29,540.

Fiat 124 vs Miata: Warranty

Fiat does a better job of backing up its vehicle, at least when it comes to the basic warranty and roadside assistance. The basic warranty for the Fiat 124 is for four years or 50,000 miles, whereas the Miata warranty is for only 3 years or 36,000 miles. That’s quite a difference. The Fiat roadside assistance is better, as well, lasting for 4 years and unlimited miles, vs. just 3 years or 36,000 miles from Mazda. That is reassuring, knowing you don’t have to worry about being broken down somewhere in the greater Olympia area.

Fiat 124 vs Miata: Performance

The highway gas mileage on the Fiat is the same as the Mazda MX-5 Miata (35 mpg). The Mazda Miata is a little more powerful, though, with 181 horsepower vs. 164 horsepower from the most powerful Fiat 124 engine option. You’ll have to decide whether that extra horsepower is worth the possible extra cash and and missing out on a whole year’s worth of warranty coverage.

Test Drive the Fiat 124 at FIAT of Tacoma Today

You can see the Fiat 124 for yourself at FIAT of Tacoma. We make it easy for you to drive off in your very own new sports car. For instance, you can take advantage of our new vehicle specials. Or check out our special offers and incentives. You can even apply for financing online. We’re just a short drive away from Lakewood, so drop by or contact us today!

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