Compare 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2009 Pontiac Solstice

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2009 Pontiac Solstice
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2-Door Convertible Manual SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Manual SV 22 27 $19,081 $20,635
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport 22 27 $20,002 $21,635
2-Door Convertible Automatic Sport 20 27 $22,033 $23,840
2-Door Convertible Manual Touring 21 28 $22,116 $23,930
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Sport 22 27 $22,609 $24,465
2-Door Convertible Automatic Touring 20 27 $23,129 $25,030
2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $23,323 $25,240
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Touring 21 28 $23,802 $25,760
2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring 20 27 $24,335 $26,340
2-Door Convertible Manual Special Edition 21 28 $24,567 $26,590
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Touring 20 27 $24,815 $26,860
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $25,046 $27,110
2-Door Convertible Automatic Special Edition 20 27 $25,257 $27,340
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Grand Touring 20 27 $26,058 $28,210
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2-Door Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible 19 25 $23,182 $24,275
2-Door Coupe 19 25 $25,044 $26,225
2-Door Convertible Street Edition 19 25 $28,086 $29,410
2-Door Convertible GXP 19 28 $28,158 $29,485
2-Door Coupe GXP 19 28 $29,008 $30,375
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,081
$23,182
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,635
$24,275
Monthly Payment Estimate
$344 / month
$405 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings the classic roadster into the modern era, with fantastic handling and an optional power-folding hardtop. Practicality and comfort take second billing to sportscar performance and flashy looks in the 2009 Pontiac Solstice.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater 2-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 50.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 50.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 52.4
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
157.3 157.2
Height, Overall (in)
49.0 50.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.9 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
91.7 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 71.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.3 5.4/2.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.4 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.7 13.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
15.4 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R16 P245/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QFX
Front Tire Size
P205/50R16 P245/45R18
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA QFX
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2445 2908
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 8.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 5000 167 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 6700 173 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
MPFI SFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.51
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.26
Trans Order Code
NA MM5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.75
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda MX-5 Miata Pontiac Solstice
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Independent Short/Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.95
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.07
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent Short/Long Arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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