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The automotive literature offers many excellent comparisons between the Toyota MR2 Spyder and the Mazda Miata. Written by drivers and wrenchers whose knowledge and skill far exceeds my own, these reviews cover topics that range from routine maintenance and street use to custom mods, performance tuning, and racing. But none of these articles answers one crucial question -- a question I’m sure is on all of our minds.

Which one is the best car to have during the coming Zombie Apocalypse?

We all know, from movies, comic books, and supermarket tabloids, that it’s only a matter of time before ravening hordes of the newly dead come back to an obscene and degraded half-life to feast upon the flesh of the living. We also know, from the opening scenes of George Romero’s classic, Night of the Living Dead, that when zombies attack, it’s important to have the right motor vehicle… and to hang onto that ignition key! For the past ten years, Spyders and Miatas have faced each other on the street, autocross, and track. How would they both face an army of zombies?

Performance and Handling
The Spyder and Miata may have different handling styles, but on paper, in stock configuration, their acceleration times, cornering ability, and braking distances are remarkably similar. In the real world, autocross and track results suggest that there’s little to choose between them. Both cars are certain to outperform the types of vehicles zombies usually drive (RVs, minvans, Buicks, Toyota Camrys, and the like), so when it comes to performance and handling, we’d have to call it a draw.

Styling and Interior
The Miata reproduces the lines and appearance of a classic English roadster. The Spyder has a more innovative design, but also looks like something Trixie might drive when she gives Speed a ride down to Pep Boys. Since zombies are unlikely to notice the difference, there’s little to choose from here.

Interior comparisons are always more subjective, but several things should be noted. The Spyder’s cockpit is roomier, with more space for weapons and body-armor. It also has a higher belt-line, which could offer passengers more protection against ravening hordes of the undead. In its favor, the Miata has a more convenient stereo location – this can be an important morale-booster when zombies are roaming the countryside. It also has a retractable power antenna, which means one less thing for flesh-eating monsters to cling to as they try to claw their way into the cockpit.

Maintenance and Reliability
Both cars have minor maintenance issues, but both have a strong reputation for reliability. The timing belt on the Miata requires periodic replacement, which could become problematical if zombies chose to attack before you get the engine back together, but the sealed cooling system on the Spyder could also be difficult to service when hordes of the undead are tearing open the doors to the garage. Much has been written about possible problems with the pre-cats on earlier Spyders. We will not reproduce this discussion here, but we will note that if a set of precats does happen to fail, those broken fragments of ceramic can be used as shotgun loads, and the exhaust manifold will provide a handy bludgeon for that desperate last-ditch defense when the undead close in for the kill.

Operational issues
The Spyder gets better gas mileage and has greater range. These could become significant advantages after the fall of civilization! The Miata offers significantly more cargo space to carry weapons, ammunition, beer, and other survival gear. It should be noted, however, that much of the Spyders’s limited storage is located inside the cockpit, while the Miata’s is in the trunk, which could be difficult to reach if the car is surrounded by flesh-eating zombies. Here we’d have to give the edge to the Spyder.

Aftermarket Modifications
With its longer production runs, greater popularity, and much larger customer base, the Miata offers a much larger range of aftermarket modifications, such as turbo setups, big brake kits, roll cages, and zombie-proof armored Kevlar tops. The Miata wins this one.

Conclusion
The Toyota MR2 Sypder and Mazda Miata are both outstanding roadsters, with a well-deserved reputation for performance, value, and fun. When civilization collapses as hordes of flesh-eating zombies arise from their graves, both cars offer their owners an equal chance of survival. But these two vehicles have slightly different capabilities. Used together, they can complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. With its better gas mileage and range, Spyder is the natural choice for scouting and reconnaissance. With its larger cargo space, Miata can provide essential logistics support. And with the right performance mods, either one should blow the doors off a Honda.
 

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Is anyone else tired of the zombie trend? If you want to be quirky and unique all you have to do is include zombies!
 

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Miata holds more guns...and hardtops for protection are cheaper :lol:
Ahh, but if you get the Spyder HT and strip out the soft top you can fit many more guns in the cabin of the Spyder and therefore do not have to expose yourself when getting your next weapon.

I could fit about six shotguns loaded with 00 or a Stinger or mortar on the package self to complement at least a half dozen assault rifles in the cubbies and the 8 hand guns in the glove box and dash cubby. Having that extra firepower within easy reach could save you in an urban area when you get unexpectedly mobbed and have to fight your way out. There is just no time to reload in situations like that. And you cannot get out of the vehicle. You need that next weapon loaded and at hand and you might need something big to clear a hole for our run.

Plus that still leaves the passenger seat free so I can rescue that hot blond that is boarded up in the penthouse and fighting for survival against the zombie hoard every night.


I hate zombies.
 

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Plus that still leaves the passenger seat free so I can rescue that hot blond that is boarded up in the penthouse...
Well, heck, that goes without saying :)

Of course, the Miata is slightly heavier, which might make it a better firing platform. And a rear-mounted M60 machine gun (I don't think either car is beefy enough to carry a .50 cal) could improve the weight distribution on the Mazda...
 

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They both fail in 2 major aspects of surviving the zombie horde... ramming power and ground clearance. Once the ammo runs out, the vehicle itself must become the weapon. Neither have significant weight to crash through the massive crowd of brain seaking undead, and the inability to crawl over the those that have fallen will only push them into a pile in front of the vehicle until the lack of torque becomes an issue.
 

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What a dumbassed thread. ...... Everyone knows you can stick a miget with a shotgun under the frunk. try THAT in a miata.
 

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In a zombie apocalypse I'd take my 2002 Expedition and run them all over - don't think that is happening in a Spyder or a Miata.
 

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They both fail in 2 major aspects of surviving the zombie horde... ramming power and ground clearance. Once the ammo runs out, the vehicle itself must become the weapon. Neither have significant weight to crash through the massive crowd of brain seaking undead, and the inability to crawl over the those that have fallen will only push them into a pile in front of the vehicle until the lack of torque becomes an issue.
So zombies are just like autocross except you get points for knocking over the cones? Wow, I think I could be good at that! :)
 

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They both fail in 2 major aspects of surviving the zombie horde... ramming power and ground clearance. Once the ammo runs out, the vehicle itself must become the weapon. Neither have significant weight to crash through the massive crowd of brain seaking undead, and the inability to crawl over the those that have fallen will only push them into a pile in front of the vehicle until the lack of torque becomes an issue.
This is a good point. If you want ramming capabilities the spyder would be better since there's lots of room in the front to add massive steel reinforcements for occasions when you just need to run through shit. At the same time the engine is safely tucked in the back.
 

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Finally a good reason to use that hardtop that's been hanging in the garage for all these years.....:lol:
 
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