2010 Porsche
911 Carrera
vs. 2011 Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition

2010 Porsche 911 Carrera

9.8

starting from

$78,750

Reasons to buy the Porsche 911 Carrera

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High top speed
180 mph
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Average power
345 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Good braking distance from 60mph
104 ft
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.0 s @ 108 mph
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition

9.2

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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Has auxiliary audio input
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Very inexpensive
$31,720
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Tighter turning radius
30.8 ft
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Average highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
Road Tests 10.0 vs 7.6
2010 Porsche 911 Carrera Winner: 911 Carrera
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  • The 911 Carrera can go more than 30% faster than the Miata MX-5 Special Edition, 180 mph vs 134 mph
  • The 911 Carrera needs more than 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 104 ft vs 122 ft
  • Around 20% faster in the 1/4 mile, 13.0 s @ 108 mph vs 15.4 s @ 91 mph
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.0
2010 Porsche 911 Carrera Winner: 911 Carrera
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 911 Carrera 's standard sun roof
  • Power seats are available as an option on the 911 Carrera ; not at all on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
Entertainment System 9.0 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 auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Miata MX-5 Special Edition's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's satellite radio; in the 911 Carrera , too, but it'll cost
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.5
2010 Porsche 911 Carrera Winner: 911 Carrera
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  • The 911 Carrera has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain), 4 vs 3
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Winner: Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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  • The best price we've seen is $47,030 cheaper (2.5x less), $31,720 vs $78,750
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 18 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2010 Porsche 911 Carrera Winner: 911 Carrera
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  • More than 2x more powerful, 345 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 167 HP @ 7,000 RPM
  • The 911 Carrera 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 9.0 lb/hp vs 15.5 lb/hp
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Road Tests

Porsche
911 Carrera
2010 Porsche 911 Carrera
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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0-60 mph 4.8 seconds vs 7.0 seconds The 911 Carrera 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 104 ft vs 122 ft The 911 Carrera has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is just OK
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1/4 mile 13.0 s @ 108 mph vs 15.4 s @ 91 mph The 911 Carrera 's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs 0.86 g The 911 Carrera has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Top speed 180 mph vs 134 mph The 911 Carrera can hit high speeds, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is below average for this class of vehicle

Luxury Features

Porsche
911 Carrera
2010 Porsche 911 Carrera
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 911 Carrera 's standard sun roof
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power seats Optional vs Not Available Power seats are available as an option on the 911 Carrera ; not at all on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Entertainment System

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911 Carrera
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2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Number of speakers 9 vs 7 The 911 Carrera has an OK number of speakers, while the Miata MX-5 Special Edition has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Miata MX-5 Special Edition's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 911 Carrera does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's satellite radio; in the 911 Carrera , too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs Yes The Miata MX-5 Special Edition can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the 911 Carrera ; no amount of money can buy it on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition

Safety Features

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911 Carrera
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Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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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 The 911 Carrera has an OK number of airbags while the Miata MX-5 Special Edition has very few (missing Head / Curtain)
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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

Porsche
911 Carrera
2010 Porsche 911 Carrera
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MSRP $78,750 vs $31,720 The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has a great price and the 911 Carrera is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 21 mpg The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has great city mileage and the 911 Carrera is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The 911 Carrera 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The 911 Carrera 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's is very short

Performance

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911 Carrera
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Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Horsepower 345 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 167 HP @ 7,000 RPM The 911 Carrera is of average power, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is 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 9.0 lb/hp vs 15.5 lb/hp The 911 Carrera is a sporty car, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is sluggish
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 ft vs 30.8 ft The Miata MX-5 Special Edition can make tight turns, and the 911 Carrera is comparable to most other vehicles

Crash Test Ratings

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911 Carrera
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2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Porsche
911 Carrera
2010 Porsche 911 Carrera
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Passengers 4 vs 2 The 911 Carrera has the usual number of seats, while the Miata MX-5 Special Edition has very few
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 356 miles The 911 Carrera has OK highway range, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is very limited
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Cargo space 4.4 ft3 vs 5.3 ft3 The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has OK cargo room, while the 911 Carrera has very little
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front seats Unknown vs 49.1 ft3
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The 911 Carrera 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Miata MX-5 Special Edition's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 911 Carrera
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roof rails Optional vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the 911 Carrera
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The 911 Carrera offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Cupholders 2 vs 4 The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has a good number of cupholders, but the 911 Carrera is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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