2011 Honda
CR-Z
vs. 2011 Mazda
Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)

2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)

9.9

starting from

$30,445
"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 Grand Touring (Hard Top)

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Tighter turning radius
30.8 ft
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OK performance
16.6 lb/hp
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Leather
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
2011 Honda CR-Z

9.0

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 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Winner: Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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  • Leather comes standard on the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top); the CR-Z only offers cloth seats
Road Tests 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Winner: Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
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  • The Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 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 Grand Touring (Hard Top) can go more than 10% faster than the CR-Z , 134 mph vs 121 mph
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
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 $10,330 cheaper (more than 30% less), $20,115 vs $30,445
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Limited number of airbags
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
  • Very cramped front seats
  • Very limited highway range
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.0 vs 9.9

Luxury Features

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CR-Z
2011 Honda 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 Grand Touring (Hard Top); the CR-Z only offers cloth seats

Road Tests

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CR-Z
2011 Honda 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 Grand Touring (Hard Top)'s top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-Z is just OK

Cost

Honda
CR-Z
2011 Honda CR-Z
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Mazda
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MSRP $20,115 vs $30,445 The CR-Z has a great price and the Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 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 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 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

Safety Features

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CR-Z
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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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

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

Performance

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CR-Z
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 158 HP @ 6,700 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)'s automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 16.6 lb/hp The Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 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 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 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 Grand Touring (Hard Top) can make tight turns, and the CR-Z is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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CR-Z
2011 Honda 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 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 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 Unknown
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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 Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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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 Grand Touring (Hard Top)'s satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Honda Insight CR-Z vs Insight
2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Honda CR-V CR-Z vs CR-V
2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Toyota Prius Four CR-Z vs Prius Four
2011 Honda CR-Z 2012 Honda Civic Si CR-Z vs Civic Si
2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Mazda 3 i Touring CR-Z vs 3 i Touring
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2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 2012 Honda Civic Si Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) vs Civic Si
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 2012 Ford Mustang GT Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) vs Mustang GT
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) vs GTI 2.0T

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