It’s arguably the most enjoyable convertible sports car you can drive. Stylish and aggressive, compact and nimble, and well-equipped for the price, it’s no surprise that so many people love to drive the Mazda MX-5 RF.

How does the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF stack up with the competition? Let’s compare the Mazda MX-5 RF with another popular car in the United States, the Ford Mustang convertible. And when all is said and done, you’ll want to check out the Mazda MX-5 models currently on sale in our Barrie dealership at Moffatt’s Mazda.


Head to Head: the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF vs 2019 Ford Mustang Convertible

Let’s look at some of the popular categories and you can decide which vehicle, the Mazda MX-5 RF or the Ford Mustang, is the better choice.


Horsepower Ratings

Unquestionably, the 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost has more horsepower. With 310 horsepower, the Ford Mustang EcoBoost convertible has a powerful engine. In comparison, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF is rated at 181 horsepower, but don’t let the number fool you. Both equipped with a manual transmission, the Ford Mustang is a full 1,212 pounds heavier than the Mazda MX-5 RF – 3,676 pounds compared to 2,464 pounds. That’s a major difference and provides comparable performance.


Handling Comparison

With a powerful, heavy engine up front, the Ford Mustang EcoBoost convertible uses selectable-effort Electric Power-Assist Steering to help the driver maintain control. Conversely, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF employs rack-and-pinion steering with RPM-sensing variable power assist. The Mazda MX-5 RF has better steering feel at all speeds and gives the driver enhanced connection with the car.


Weight Distribution

Nimble handling rests heavily on weight distribution. The 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible’s distribution is relatively good with 54/46 front-rear weight distribution. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF, on the other hand, has a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Why does it matter? Because both cars are rear-wheel drive, the best traction is achieved with weight centered between the wheels instead of forward on the body.


Fuel Efficiency

It’s a fun car to drive, but you still don’t want to burn more fuel than necessary. There’s a chasm between the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible and the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF where fuel efficiency is concerned. The Mustang convertible is rated at an EPA-estimated 11.8 L/100km in the city and 8.2 L/100km on the highway. In stark comparison, the Mazda MX-5 RF is much more efficient, rated at 9.0 L/100km in the city and just 6.6 L/100km on the highway.


Driving Dynamics

Both the Ford Mustang Convertible and the Mazda MX-5 RF are fun to drive – that’s the basic principle for owning a convertible! But it’s all the little details that make the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF a step ahead of the competition.

A wheelbase 411mm shorter than the Mustang convertible lends itself to a better steering response and less sway. Both have independent front and rear suspension however the lighter Mazda MX-5 RF has better handling and precision steering as a result.


The Mazda MX-5 RF stands out in a crowd. See the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF as well as the rest of the Mazda lineup when you visit Moffatt’s Mazda in Barrie, ON.