If you're in the mood to buy a rear-wheel-drive convertible for less than $30,000, you'll soon come to terms with the fact that there are only two cars from which to choose. Unless you opt for a used car, your short list will include the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider. Though they don’t look much alike, these two-seat roadsters roll off the same Mazda assembly line and share most of the same mechanical components.
Of course, your personal styling preferences likely will play a major factor in your decision — these cars don't look much alike. But there also are plenty of subtle ways the Miata and 124 differ, allowing each to serve up its own flavor of open-top driving fun. Let’s run through the ways they're different, and we’ll also share our own overall pick between these two ultra-fun, affordable sports cars.