Compare 2009 BMW Z4 vs 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2009 BMW Z4
2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2-Door Roadster sDrive30i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive30i 19 28 $42,090 $45,750
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 18 25 $47,520 $51,650
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2-Door Conv Automatic Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Grand Touring 20 27 $24,335 $26,340
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Special Edition 20 27 $25,257 $27,340
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Sport 20 27 $22,033 $23,840
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Touring 20 27 $23,129 $25,030
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $23,323 $25,240
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual SV 22 27 $19,081 $20,635
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Special Edition 21 28 $24,567 $26,590
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Sport 22 27 $20,002 $21,635
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Touring 21 28 $22,116 $23,930
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Automatic Grand Touring 20 27 $26,058 $28,210
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Automatic Touring 20 27 $24,815 $26,860
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $25,046 $27,110
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Manual Sport 22 27 $22,609 $24,465
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Manual Touring 21 28 $23,802 $25,760
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,090
$24,335
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,750
$26,340
Monthly Payment Estimate
$763 / month
$439 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 BMW Z4 isn't a lightweight, basic roadster anymore, but it's a comfortable and exhilarating touring sports car that leaves a lot of flexibility. The 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings the classic roadster into the modern era, with fantastic handling and an optional power-folding hardtop.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two-Seater Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 53.2
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 50.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
50.8 49.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 58.9
Wheelbase (in)
98.3 91.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 67.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.5 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.6
Length, Overall (in)
166.9 157.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8.0 5.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 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)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 12.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.4 15.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 15.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P205/45R17
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3241 2529
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
147 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
255 @ 6600 158 @ 6700
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
220 @ 2600 140 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182.8 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 27
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.01 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.27 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.58
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.50 3.54
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.40
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
2 Dr Conv 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
BMW Z4 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
- TBD - Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
- TBD - Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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