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

2012 MINI Cooper Roadster
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2-Door
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
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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
$21,915
$22,188
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,350
$23,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$406 / month
$391 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
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
City
27 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
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
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 50.6
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8.5 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
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
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2635 2447
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
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
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
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
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
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 1.89
Trans Order Code
N/A NA
Summary
Body Style
Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Roadster Mazda MX-5 Miata
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 7.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6

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