Compare 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2009 Nissan 370Z

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2009 Nissan 370Z
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2-Door Convertible Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport 22 28 $21,222 $22,960
2-Door Convertible Automatic Sport 21 28 $23,304 $25,220
2-Door Convertible Manual Touring 21 28 $23,378 $25,300
2-Door Convertible Automatic Touring 21 28 $24,392 $26,400
2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $24,539 $26,560
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Touring 21 28 $24,944 $27,000
2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $25,553 $27,660
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Touring 21 28 $25,958 $28,100
2-Door Convertible PRHT Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $26,234 $28,400
2-Door Convertible PRHT Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $27,248 $29,500
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2-Door Coupe Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $28,043 $29,930
2-Door Coupe Automatic 18 26 $29,259 $31,230
2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $31,919 $34,460
2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 18 26 $33,122 $35,760
2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $36,551 $39,130
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,222
$28,043
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,960
$29,930
Monthly Payment Estimate
$383 / month
$499 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you want that classic roadster feel—and to feel like you’re going fast without having to break triple digits—the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata delivers it with surprising frugality and practicality. The Nissan Z has never occupied the top spot in the performance world—and it doesn't now—but it's still a great performance car that starts just under $30,000.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 51.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.9
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 54.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
49.0 51.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.9 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
91.7 100.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 35.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 4.84
Length, Overall (in)
157.3 167.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.3 6.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.4 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.3
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 - 13.0 x 0.6
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 19
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
32.8 34.7
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 13.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
30.8 32.8
Steering Type
Pwr Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50R16 225/50WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R16 245/45WR18
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)
2447 3232
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 150
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 5000 270 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 3.7L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
167 @ 7000 332 @ 7000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.62
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.45
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.32
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.27
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda MX-5 Miata Nissan 370Z
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 door coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 5

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