Mazda Miata vs Porsche Boxster

We had an inkling the new Mazda MX-5 was a good deal when the prices were announced, but we didn’t know it was this good. According to an infographic commissioned by parts retailer, the MX-5’s numbers are quite close to those of the Porsche Boxster.

"In my opinion, a 2016 Miata offers about 90% of the performance of a new 2015 Porsche Boxster at less than 50% of the cost," says Frank Mitchell, parts manager of

Actually, Mitchell is referring to the US prices of these desirable sports cars. Over there, a Miata costs $24,195 (P1,100,000) and the Boxster costs $52,395 (P2,400,000). But in our market, the MX-5 goes for P1,680,000, while the Boxster retails for P5,350,000. With those numbers, the Philippine-market Mazda roadster is actually less than one-third the price of the Porsche! If you do the math, you can buy three Mazda MX-5 MT units and still have more than P300,000 in change.

Here are some fascinating notes we were able to gather from the infographic:

* The MX-5 can’t stop as well as the Boxster (48.16m versus 44.2m), but the Mazda is about 226kg lighter, so its brake distance is within 10% of the Porsche’s.

* Despite the Boxster having a 2.7-liter engine against the MX-5’s 2.0-liter mill, the race to 60mph (97kph) sees the Mazda only trailing by 0.3 second.

* In a quarter mile, the MX-5 is only 0.6 second behind the Boxster.

Of course there are some things that can’t be measured by numbers: factors like prestige, luxury and brand cachet. There’s a difference in alighting from a premium German brand versus a Japanese marque.

In the end, what a car means to a driver is personal--especially models with fanatic followings like the Boxster and the MX-5. But in our eyes, the Mazda roadster just became more desirable than it already was.



Mazda Miata vs Porsche Boxster

Dinzo Tabamo
Executive Editor
Dinzo has been fascinated with cars since he was 12 years old, when he picked up a car magazine in his cousin's bedroom. It is a passion that never waned.
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