Autotrader ad desktop

In partnership with Auto Trader

Used test: Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86: verdict

Fun doesn't have to be an expensive commodity, as the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota GT86 prove. Which is the more accomplished used buy? We find out...

Used test: Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86

Our verdict

The Toyota GT86 is the sharper, more focused car to drive, not to mention the more practical choice and the sole option for those who demand a metal roof. It's just a shame that its engine can feel lacklustre and its interior is far from modern and refined. 

The Mazda MX-5 doesn't share those faults, plus it costs less to buy and run. It isn't all sensible, though. The MX-5's small dimensions and convertible thrills are easily able to put a smile on your face, making it a joy to drive as well as live with. It takes the win. 

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here

1st – Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86

For open-top fun; fine handling and ride; strong performance; low costs
Against Interior space; small boot; wind noise with the roof up

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

Read the full used Mazda MX-5 review >>

Find a used Mazda MX-5 for sale >>

2nd – Toyota GT86

Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86

For Great handling; decent ride; practical interior; good-sized boot
Against Engine noise; cheap-feeling dashboard; more expensive to buy and run

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

Read the full used Toyota GT86 review >>

Find a used Toyota GT86 for sale >>

Specifications: Mazda MX-5 2.0 160 SE-L Nav

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Power 158bhp
Torque 148lb ft
0-60mph 7.6sec
Top speed 133mph
Fuel economy 40.9mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 161g/km

Specifications: Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Power 197bhp
Torque 151lb ft
0-60mph 7.7sec
Top speed 140mph
Fuel economy 36.2mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 180g/km

<< Previous | Read more: The best used sports cars >>

Page 4 of 4