Compare 2014 BMW Z4 vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs 2014 Porsche Boxster

2014 BMW Z4
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2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
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2014 Porsche Boxster
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2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster sDrive28i 22 34 $45,035 $48,950
2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 19 26 $52,395 $56,950
2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $60,535 $65,800
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2-Door Roadster SLK 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster SLK 250 22 32 $40,478 $43,525
2-Door Roadster SLK 350 21 29 $52,289 $56,225
2-Door Roadster SLK 55 AMG 19 28 $64,100 $68,925
Select style
2-Door Roadster
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 20 30 N/A $50,400
2-Door Roadster S 20 28 N/A $62,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,035
$40,478
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,950
$43,525
$50,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$816 / month
$725 / month
$840 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 BMW Z4 offers a pleasant balance of luxury, comfort, and sport, but it is at the pricier end of the roadster spectrum. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK is the most conservative choice amongst its competitors, but the mini-SL makes for a charming, compelling choice. The 2014 Porsche Boxster defines the luxury sports roadster segment with its power, grace, and style.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 32 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two-Seaters Two-Seaters Two-Seaters
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5 42.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.1 38.6
Passenger Capacity
2 2 2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 52.2 51.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 48.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
- - 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
50.8 51.2 50.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 61.6 60.5
Wheelbase (in)
98.3 95.7 97.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 71.5 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.5 61.4 60.1
Length, Overall (in)
166.9 162.8 172.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8 6.4 9.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11.8 11.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 12.7 12.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 18.5 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 34.5 36.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P245/40YR17 P265/45ZR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45YR17 P235/45ZR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3263 3241 2888
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 8 17 X 8.5 18 X 9
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 8 17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 - 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 340
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded H-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 1250 229 @ 2000 206 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110 2.7 L/165
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 201 @ 5500 265 @ 6700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 32 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26 24
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.35 3.42 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.86 2.05
Trans Order Code
ZMT NA 480
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.37 1.13
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.82 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.68 4.38 3.67
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.08 3.27 3.89
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.92 1.46
Trans Type
6 6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 1.00 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW Z4 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Porsche Boxster
Body Style
Roadster Roadster Convertible
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Strut
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 7.1 (Est) 7.6 (Est)

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