Compare 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible vs 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2012 MINI Cooper Convertible
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 27 35 $22,455 $24,950
2-Door S 27 35 $25,155 $27,950
2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $31,590 $35,100
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2-Door Convertible Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport 22 28 $22,188 $23,470
2-Door Convertible Automatic Sport 21 28 $24,322 $25,730
2-Door Convertible Manual Touring 21 28 $24,415 $25,830
2-Door Convertible Automatic Touring 21 28 $25,454 $26,930
2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $25,617 $27,100
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Manual Touring 21 28 $26,031 $27,540
2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $26,655 $28,200
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Automatic Touring 21 28 $27,071 $28,640
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $27,364 $28,950
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $28,403 $30,050
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Manual Special Edition 21 28 $29,511 $31,225
2-Door Convertible Hard Top Automatic Special Edition 21 28 $29,937 $31,675
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,455
$22,188
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,950
$23,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$416 / month
$391 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Part hatchback, part convertible, and all fun, the 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible is in a class by itself--literally. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
39.2 -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 43.1
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 50.6
Second Leg Room (in)
29.3 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 37.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3 53.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.6
Length, Overall (in)
146.6 157.3
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 49.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.8 58.9
Wheelbase (in)
97.1 91.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.3 67.7
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.2 5.3
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
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)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.4 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 12.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 15.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 30.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 32.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/55R16 P205/50R16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/55R16 P205/50R16
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A NA
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)
2701 2447
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.5 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 100
Engine
Displacement
1.6L/97.5 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
121 @ 6000 167 @ 7000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
118 @ 4250 140 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.33
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 1.89
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.35 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.21 3.14
Summary
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata
Body Style
Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 7.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- -
Rollover Rating
-

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