Mazda MX-5 RF Head to Head with Toyota GT 86

Mazda MX-5 RF Head to Head with Toyota GT 86

The Mazda MX-5 RF has been one of the best-selling two seater convertible sport cars for a very long time. But now Toyota’s bad boy is here! The Toyota GT 86 is giving tough competition to the MX-5 RF. Both the sports cars carry a similar type of engine with matching prices.

Exterior Styling:

At the first glance, you might find both the Mazda MX-5 RF and the Toyota GT 86 fairly similar, but they are not. The MX-5 RF features a folding hard-top roof design and the whole process of folding the roof takes approximately thirteen seconds. On the other hand, the Toyota GT 86 is a four-seater coupe with no fancy roof deployment. The front fascia of both the cars is almost similar, and the overall design is an eye-candy for youngsters.

Interior Design:

The cockpits of both the Mazda MX-5 RF and the Toyota GT 86 are beautifully designed, however, the MX-5 features improved sport seats with bolstering. Moreover, it uses premium quality materials including Nappa leather upholstery and a 7-inch touch display. The Toyota GT 86’s cabin uses cheap quality plastic on the front dash, while the infotainment system is comparatively less advance than its competitor. Clearly, the Mazda MX-5 has an edge over the GT 86 in terms of cabin design.

Powertrain Specifications:

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF carries a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual gearbox producing 158 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 2017 Toyota GT 86 is equipped with a 2.0L flat-four engine also mated to a six-speed manual gearbox delivering 197 bhp and 200 Nm of torque.

Both cars house a similar engine, but the Toyota GT 86’s unit offers a comparatively higher power output.


Although, the power output of the Toyota GT 86 is higher, it lacks in performance when it comes to initial sprint. The MX-5 RF is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 134 mph, whereas the GT 86 hits 60 mph in 7.6 seconds with the max speed clocking at 140 mph.


The Mazda MX-5 RF with Sport Nav package starts at £25,695 (base model costs £22,295), whereas the Toyota GT 86 carries a price tag of £26,855.


Overall, there isn’t much difference between the two sports cars, as they are similarly designed and are equipped with a 2.0L engine. The price difference is also not considerable; thus, it is totally up to your liking and suitability.

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