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

2012 MINI Cooper Coupe
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 29 37 $19,170 $21,300
2-Door S 27 35 $22,140 $24,600
2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $28,080 $31,200
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2-Door Convertible Manual Sport
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,170
$22,188
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,300
$23,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$355 / month
$391 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you're looking for style with a dash of sport and a handful of practicality, the MINI Cooper Coupe is a great choice. 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
29 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3 53.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 43.1
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 50.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 37.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
54.3 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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 4.6
Length, Overall (in)
146.8 157.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
7.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
NA -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 5.3
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)
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
10.6 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
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Front Tire Size
P175/65R15 P205/50R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Spare Tire Order Code
300 NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/65R15 P205/50R16
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)
2557 2447
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
114 @ 4250 140 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
N/A NA
Displacement
1.6L/98 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
121 @ 6000 167 @ 7000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 25
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 Coupe Mazda MX-5 Miata
Body Style
Coupe 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.8 7.3

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