2011 Honda
CR-Z
vs. 2011 Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition

2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition

9.8

starting from

$31,720
"Grand Touring models come with a six-speed manual transmission."
edmunds.com | talking about the Miata MX-5's transmission
"Grand Touring includes seven-speaker Bose audio system."
edmunds.com | talking about the Miata MX-5's stereo

Reasons to buy the Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition

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Better suspension
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OK performance
15.5 lb/hp
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Tighter turning radius
30.8 ft
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Leather
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2011 Honda CR-Z

9.4

Runner-up

Honda CR-Z

starting from

$20,115
"The instrumentation reveals the car’s fuel-economy mission."
caranddriver.com | talking about the CR-Z's controls
"Engine unfazed by ultra-low-rpm power requests."
caranddriver.com | talking about the CR-Z's engine

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-Z

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Is a hybrid
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Good city fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Good cargo space
25.1 ft3
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Winner: Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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  • Leather comes standard on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition; the CR-Z only offers cloth seats
Performance 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Winner: Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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  • The Miata MX-5 Special Edition's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.5 lb/hp vs 21.6 lb/hp
  • The Miata MX-5 Special Edition needs more than 10% less space to turn, 30.8 ft vs 35.4 ft
  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Honda CR-Z Winner: CR-Z
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  • Room for more than 4.5x more stuff, 25.1 ft3 vs 5.3 ft3
  • A single tank lasts more than 10% longer, 392 miles vs 356 miles
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Winner: Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's satellite radio
  • The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Road Tests 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Winner: Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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  • The Miata MX-5 Special Edition hits 60mph around 20% faster, 7.0 seconds vs 8.3 seconds
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 15.4 s @ 91 mph vs 16.4 s @ 83 mph
  • The Miata MX-5 Special Edition can go more than 10% faster than the CR-Z , 134 mph vs 121 mph
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Honda CR-Z Winner: CR-Z
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  • The CR-Z has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain), 4 vs 3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Honda CR-Z Winner: CR-Z
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  • Gets around 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $11,605 cheaper (around 40% less), $20,115 vs $31,720
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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CR-Z
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition; the CR-Z only offers cloth seats

Performance

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CR-Z
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 167 HP @ 7,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.6 lb/hp vs 15.5 lb/hp The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has OK performance while the CR-Z gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 30.8 ft The Miata MX-5 Special Edition can make tight turns, and the CR-Z is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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CR-Z
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Passengers 2 vs 2 Few seats
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Highway driving range 392 miles vs 356 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 25.1 ft3 vs 5.3 ft3 The CR-Z has lots of cargo room, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition has very little
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front seats 49.1 ft3 vs 49.1 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 3 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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CR-Z
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has an OK number of speakers, while the CR-Z has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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CR-Z
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 7.0 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 122 ft vs 122 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.4 s @ 83 mph vs 15.4 s @ 91 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.86 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 121 mph vs 134 mph The Miata MX-5 Special Edition's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-Z is just OK

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 3 Limited number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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CR-Z
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MSRP $20,115 vs $31,720 The CR-Z has a great price and the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 31 mpg vs 21 mpg The CR-Z has great city mileage and the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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CR-Z
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Honda CR-Z EX 2012 Honda Civic EX-L CR-Z EX vs Civic EX-L
2011 Honda CR-Z EX 2011 Honda Fit Sport CR-Z EX vs Fit Sport
2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Honda CR-V CR-Z vs CR-V
2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Honda Insight CR-Z vs Insight
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition 2011 Audi TT Miata MX-5 Special Edition vs TT
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition 2011 Mazda RX-8 Sport Miata MX-5 Special Edition vs RX-8 Sport
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) vs SLK350
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Sport (Soft Top) 2011 MINI Cooper Miata MX-5 Sport (Soft Top) vs Cooper
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition 2011 Nissan 370Z Miata MX-5 Special Edition vs 370Z

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