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2012 MINI Cooper
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 29 37 $17,550 $19,500
2-Door Coupe S 27 35 $20,790 $23,100
2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 25 33 $26,910 $29,900
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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
$17,550
$22,188
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$23,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$391 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
In all of its guises the 2012 MINI Cooper is fun-to-drive, uniquely styled, and with three standard levels of performance, there's an option for everyone. 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 Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 50.6
Second Leg Room (in)
27.9 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 37.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3 53.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
44.7 -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 43.1
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Exterior Dimensions
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)
- TBD - 4.6
Length, Overall (in)
146.6 157.3
Height, Overall (in)
55.4 49.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
24.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
5.7 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 5.3
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 12.7
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 32.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 15.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 30.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
300 NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/65R15 P205/50R16
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
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)
2535 2447
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
114 @ 4250 140 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
N16 NA
Displacement
1.6L/98 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
121 @ 6000 167 @ 7000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 22
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Coupe 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Hardtop Mazda MX-5 Miata
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 7.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
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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