2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

In the world of sporty coupes and convertibles, there are plenty of exceptional models to choose from. Each is equipped with its own unique set of features and capabilities designed to deliver a one-of-a-kind driving experience.

At the top of the segment, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and 2017 Fiat 124 Spider have everything you might expect from a convertible--head-turning style, rear-wheel drive, and high-quality materials. But the two models also stand apart from one another in a few categories. Here, prospective buyers can get a better idea of key differences and similarities between the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and 124 Spider before making a final buying decision.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF VS 2017 Fiat 124 Spider
2.0L Inline-4 Base Engine 1.4L Inline-4
BOSE® Audio System with 9 speakers, including headrest speakers Audio System 6 speakers
LED headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights Standard Headlights Halogen projector headlamps
Standard Blind Spot Monitoring & Rear Cross Traffic Alert Optional on higher trims


Both the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and Fiat 124 Spider are equipped with inline-4 engines and come standard with 6-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. It’s safe to say you’ll encounter some thrills behind the wheel of both convertibles. Although it comes with a higher price tag, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF features a number of advanced elements, such as LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights, a 9-speaker BOSE® Audio System, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, on the other hand, comes with only 6 speakers and halogen projector headlamps. Which convertible is right for you?

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Portsmouth NH

Whether riding with the roof up or letting the open air awaken your senses, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is design to give you a unique and thrilling experience behind the wheel. Drivers can choose from Club or Grand Touring models, each of which is available with manual or automatic transmission. The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF’s lighter aluminum power plant frame allows for improved maneuverability and on-road performance. On the inside, the Mazda convertible features several high-quality materials and advanced technology components, including push button ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming capability, MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, and much more.

If you are interested in getting behind the wheel of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF in Portsmouth, NH, we invite you to schedule a test drive with our team at Seacoast Mazda.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF silver rear end design
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF dashboard front seat

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