Compare 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2012 Porsche Boxster

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2012 Porsche Boxster
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2-Door Roadster
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 19 27 $43,110 $48,100
2-Door Roadster S 19 26 $52,560 $58,600
2-Door Roadster Spyder 19 26 $55,440 $61,800
2-Door Roadster S Black Edition 19 26 $58,500 $65,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,188
$43,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,470
$48,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$391 / month
$802 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
9.0
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. Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 51.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 33.5
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 53.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
49.0 50.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.9 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
91.7 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
157.3 172.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.3 9.9
Brakes
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 - 11.8 x 0.8
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 - 12.5 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.7 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
32.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 17.1-13.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
30.8 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50R16 P205/55ZR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R16 P235/50ZR17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2447 2943
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 5000 214 @ 4400-6000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.9L/177
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
167 @ 7000 255 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat-6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 9.4
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.40
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA 480
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.13
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda MX-5 Miata Porsche Boxster
Body Style
2 Door Convertible Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 8.5

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