Compare 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2009 Pontiac Solstice

2009 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 28 $20,108 $21,750
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport 22 28 $21,030 $22,750
2-Door Convertible Automatic Sport 21 28 $23,111 $25,010
2-Door Convertible Manual Touring 21 28 $23,185 $25,090
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Sport 22 28 $23,461 $25,390
2-Door Convertible Automatic Touring 21 28 $24,198 $26,190
2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $24,346 $26,350
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Touring 21 28 $24,751 $26,790
2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $25,359 $27,450
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Touring 21 28 $25,764 $27,890
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $26,041 $28,190
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $27,054 $29,290
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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
$20,108
$23,182
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,750
$24,275
Monthly Payment Estimate
$363 / month
$405 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Mazda MX-5 is the closest thing to a reincarnated British roadster on the planet, albeit one with altogether better reliability, fit, and finish. 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
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater 2-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.8
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 50.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 50.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 52.4
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 71.3
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.3 5.4/2.1
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.7 13.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
30.8 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA QFX
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2447 2908
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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 -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 8.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 5000 167 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
167 @ 7000 173 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- TBD - 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 (Est) 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 (Est) 19
Transmission
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
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.26
Trans Order Code
NA MM5
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Mazda MX-5 Miata Pontiac Solstice
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 5

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