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Selected Style 2-Door Convertible Manual Sport
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2-Door Coupe Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $30,241 $32,280
2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 26 $31,457 $33,580
2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $34,250 $36,980
2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 19 26 $35,452 $38,280
2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $38,916 $41,660
2-Door Roadster Automatic 18 25 $37,506 $40,500
2-Door Roadster Manual Touring 18 25 $40,002 $43,200
2-Door Roadster Automatic Touring 18 25 $41,205 $44,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,188
$30,241
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,470
$32,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$391 / month
$538 / month
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7.2
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Mazda MX-5 is a true sports roadster with great handling and fun at any speed, and more practical than you might think. Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Hip Room (in) 50.6 54.6
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 58.7 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.6 4.84
Length, Overall (in) 157.3 167.2
Height, Overall (in) 49.0 51.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.9 62.8
Wheelbase (in) 91.7 100.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 35.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.7 72.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 5.3 6.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.6
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 - 12.6 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.7 19
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.7
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/50R16 245/45WR18
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2447 3245
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 140 @ 5000 270 @ 5200
Engine Order Code NA VQ37VHR
Displacement 2.0L/122 3.7L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 167 @ 7000 332 @ 7000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 18
Transmission
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 w/OD
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
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Mazda MX-5 Miata Nissan 370Z
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.3 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 4
 
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