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Selected Style 2-Door
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 27 35 $21,915 $24,350
2-Door S 27 35 $24,615 $27,350
2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $31,050 $34,500
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport
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Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,915
$22,188
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,350
$23,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$406 / month
$391 / month
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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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 27 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 50.6
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 37.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 53.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 43.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 57.4 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.3 4.6
Length, Overall (in) 146.8 157.3
Height, Overall (in) 54.5 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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 8.5 5.3
Brakes
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
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
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 NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/55R16 P205/50R16
Rear Tire Order Code N/A NA
Front Tire Size P195/55R16 P205/50R16
Spare Tire Size NA 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) 2635 2447
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
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 N/A NA
Displacement 1.6L/98 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 121 @ 6000 167 @ 7000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 30 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.14 3.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.79 1.89
Trans Order Code N/A 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
Summary
Body Style Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name MINI Cooper Roadster 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 6.1 7.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 6
 
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