Compare 2012 MINI Cooper Roadster vs 2012 Nissan 370Z

2012 MINI Cooper Roadster
2012 Nissan 370Z
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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 Coupe Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $30,241 $32,280
2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 26 $31,457 $33,580
2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $34,250 $36,980
2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 19 26 $35,452 $38,280
2-Door Roadster Automatic 18 25 $37,506 $40,500
2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $38,916 $41,660
2-Door Roadster Manual Touring 18 25 $40,002 $43,200
2-Door Roadster Automatic Touring 18 25 $41,205 $44,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,915
$30,241
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,350
$32,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$406 / month
$538 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.9
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 51.6
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
97.1 100.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 35.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.3 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 4.84
Length, Overall (in)
146.8 167.2
Height, Overall (in)
54.5 51.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.8 62.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8.5 6.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.6
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 - 12.6 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 19
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 32.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 34.7
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 13.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/55R16 245/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Front Tire Size
P195/55R16 225/50WR18
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)
2635 3245
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 150
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
121 @ 6000 332 @ 7000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
114 @ 4250 270 @ 5200
Engine Order Code
N/A VQ37VHR
Displacement
1.6L/98 3.7L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 26
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.45
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 2.32
Trans Order Code
N/A NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.35 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.27
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.21 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.62
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
Convertible 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Roadster Nissan 370Z
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
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 Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 8.7

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