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Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Selected Style 2-Door Roadster 3.0L
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 3.0L 17 25 $41,060 $44,150
2-Door Roadster 3.5L 17 23 $45,988 $49,450
2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 20 $58,776 $63,200
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,060
$19,081
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,150
$20,635
Monthly Payment Estimate
$736 / month
$344 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK doesn’t have the edgy driving experience of other roadsters, but it keeps you comfortable, looks fast, and is fast. The 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings the classic roadster into the modern era, with fantastic handling and an optional power-folding hardtop.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2 Seater Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 43.1
Front Hip Room (in) 54.6 50.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.9 37.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 49.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 52.2 53.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 58.9
Wheelbase (in) 95.7 91.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.4 67.7
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.6
Length, Overall (in) 160.7 157.3
Height, Overall (in) 51.0 49.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 9.8 (6.5 w/top down) 5.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.4 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 12.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.5 15.4
Steering Type Pwr rack & pinion steering Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 15.0
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/55R16 P205/50R16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/50R16 P205/50R16
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - 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) 3215 2445
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 2700 - 5000 140 @ 5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 228 @ 6100 166 @ 6700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.27 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.14
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.33
Trans Type 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.89
Trans Order Code 411 NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Roadster 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Mazda MX-5 Miata
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Arm Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front 3-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
 
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