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Selected Style 2-Door Convertible Manual SV
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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 Automatic Touring 20 27 $23,129 $25,030
2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $23,323 $25,240
2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring 20 27 $24,335 $26,340
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Sport 22 27 $22,609 $24,465
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Touring 21 28 $23,802 $25,760
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 PRHT Automatic Grand Touring 20 27 $26,058 $28,210
2-Door Convertible Manual Special Edition 21 28 $24,567 $26,590
2-Door Convertible Automatic Special Edition 20 27 $25,257 $27,340
2-Door Convertible
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible 19 25 $23,182 $24,275
2-Door Convertible GXP 19 28 $28,158 $29,485
2-Door Convertible Street Edition 19 25 $28,086 $29,410
2-Door Coupe 19 25 $25,044 $26,225
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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater 2-Seater
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Hip Room (in) 50.6 50.6
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in) 58.7 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 5.3 5.4/2.1
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.7 13.6
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.7
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
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
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 18 x 8
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
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 140 @ 5000 167 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA LE5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 21
Transmission
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
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.33 1.51
Summary
Vehicle Name Mazda MX-5 Miata Pontiac Solstice
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Independent Short/Long Arm
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
 
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