2024 Mazda Miata MX-5 vs Porsche Boxster

December 20th, 2023 by

From the thrilling adrenaline rush to the stimulating engine roar, sports cars offer an electrifying driving experience. They’re a status symbol and stand out above the rest. Cruising the picturesque San Juan Capistrano roadways in a 2024 Mazda Miata MX-5 or a Porsche Boxster can make you fall in love with driving again. These compact, convertible roadsters are distinguished for their supreme performance and impeccable handling. Here’s how these speedsters stack against each other.

Mazda MX-5 Miata vs Porsche Boxster

2024 Miata MX-5 Overview

The Mazda Miata MX-5 is one of the most anticipated luxury sports cars of 2024. This iconic front-mid-engine roadster is ready to hit the showrooms in the first quarter of 2024. The new model has an open-top body and features a tweaked grille, upgraded LED lights, and new wheels. The two-door sports car also boasts new pistons for better engine capacity and acceleration. Its light curb weight ensures better fuel economy and unparalleled handling when maneuvering the twisty San Juan Capistrano back roads. With all these impeccable features, the Miata MX-5 price remains affordable for sports car lovers.

Porsche 718 Boxster Overview

The Porsche 718 Boxster is a mid-engine roadster that promises an impeccable driving experience. It features a new exterior and interior styling pack for effortless customization and a commanding road presence. Its powerful turbocharged engine with six- or seven-speed transmission offers crisp handling when cruising at top speeds. Its minimalist design, responsive steering, and impressive driving dynamics make it easy to evade traffic. Drivers can also park this two-door convertible in tighter spaces without issues, thanks to the vehicle’s compact design.

Pricing

Pricing is one of the main factors buyers consider when shopping for a sports car. Many buyers expect sports cars to be pricy. In any case, these vehicles have upgraded features and powerful engines. However, this is no longer the case. Fluctuating sports car sales and the advent of SUVs have compelled automakers to bring their prices down.

Sports cars have become more affordable, with the Mazda Miata MX-5 among the top-ranked cheapest speedsters. While Mazda is yet to release official information on the 2024 Miata price, the cost of a new 2023 MX-5 Miata is $28,050 for the Sport model. The Club and Grand Touring trims cost $31,550 and $33,050, respectively. Expect the price of the upcoming 2024 Miata MX-5 to surpass the $30,000 mark due to its refined features.

The starting price for the Porsche 718 Boxster is $70,400 for the base trim. The 718 Boxster Style Edition costs $76,700, while the 718 Boxster S costs $82,400. The MSRP for the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 is $97,300.

Exterior

The 2024 Miata derives its inspiration from the classic roadsters of the 60s but with sleek lines and refined details. The sports car has a tweaked grill with new alloy wheels for a dominant road presence. Conversely, the Porsche Boxster boasts a low and wide profile, with sporty edges and formal contours for enhanced aerodynamics and reduced drag.

The 2024 Miata MX-5 and the Porsche Boxster have standard features in most modern sports cars. They boast auto on/off LED headlamps, daytime running lights, and a soft-top convertible roof. They also have power side mirrors, 16- to 18-inch alloy wheels, and LED tail lamps.

Interior

The 2024 Miata features a cozy interior with leather or cloth-trimmed bucket seats and padded armrests for extra comfort wherever your travels take you. The reclining adjustable seats feature an integrated headrest for a comfortable ride and enhanced vehicle safety. The Club and Grand Touring trims have heated seats with three heating settings. Manual air conditioning is available in the Sport and Club trims, while the Grand Touring trim features automatic climate control for optimum cabin temperatures.

The Porsche Boxster features a relatively spacious leatherette interior with ample legroom for adequate comfort during long journeys. It has two-way adjustable power leather-trimmed seats. The driver and passenger seats also have multilevel heating settings for warmth in cold weather. In addition, the sports car also has automatic dual-zone climate control for optimum interior comfort in different conditions.

Engine and Performance

Sports cars are renowned for their speed and performance. Both the 2024 Miata and Porsche Boxster don’t disappoint in this regard. The 2024 Miata MX-5 features a high-performance 2.0-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission. It delivers 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The roadster can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

In contrast, the Porsche Boxster offers four engine options. These include a GTS 4.0 with 394 horsepower, a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with 350 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 300 horsepower. All come with a six-speed manual transmission. However, you can opt for the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Top speeds vary based on the selected engine. The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. With dual-clutch automatic transmission, the car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

We expect the 2024 Miata to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg on city roads and 34-35 mpg on highways. The base Porsche Boxster has a fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg on city roads.

Technology, Safety, and Security

Technology is a significant aspect when selecting a sports car. Both speedsters boast advanced tech features. The 2024 Miata has an expansive 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen with an integrated 6-9 speaker audio system. In contrast, the Porsche Boxster has a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen. Both vehicles support Apple CarPlay, while Android Auto is only available in the 2024 Miata. They also have connectivity and convenience features, including Bluetooth, USB ports, and audio input jacks.

For safety and security, the 2024 Miata has more driver-assistance features than the Porsche Boxster. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring.

Ready To Upgrade Your Ride to a Speedster?

Enjoy sheer driving pleasure in the roadster of your choice. The team at Capistrano Mazda can help you find the perfect ride for your needs. We have a wide selection of new and certified vehicles to fit your unique preferences. Visit our dealership at San Juan Capistrano and discover what the new 2024 Mazda Miata MX-5 offers.

Posted in Mazda MX-5 Miata