With what the Mazda MX-5 and the Toyota 86 has to offer here in the US and the prices of these performance model, these two are clearly rivals but those living in Canadian would not even consider putting these two together.
While both vehicles might have a similar performance, the Mazda MX-5 comes with a much bigger price tag in the US so most people would consider the Toyota 86 the winner since it is cheaper as powerful as well.
Of course, if these vehicles were sold with a similar price tag, the result might be different as a lot of people seems unhappy with the amount of space the Toyota 86 has. It might come with a set of rear seat but most people feel like the seats are just too small to be comfortable. The good thing is that you can always fold it down to get a much bigger trunk space.
The Mazda MX-5 comes in with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There is also a six-speed auto transmission. The engine will offer about 155hp and will return about 27mpg in the city and 34mpg on the highway.
The Toyota 86 on the other hand will come with a 2.0 liter flat for an engine that will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The engine will be offering about 205hp and will return about 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway.