The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider shares its platform and many of its parts with the ND Mazda Miata. It’s no surprise then that the world’s automotive media has made it a priority to find out which is best, with Motor Trend being the latest publication to put both roadsters through the ringer.
When Car & Driver drove the 124 Spider and Miata back to back, they preferred the Japan’s version of the two-door over Italy’s. The Miata’s naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine was more responsive than the 124’s 1.4-liter turbo and its six-speed manual transmission was a bit slicker. The 124 was lauded for its relative quietness and comfort, but it was still the Mazda that left with top honors.
MT is a little less harsh on the 124 and concludes that it offers a different driving experience to the Miata rather than a worse one. While the Miata is more of a knife-edged, white knuckle ride for boy racers, the 124 is a bit more predictable and composed. You can hear their full conclusions in the video review embedded above.