Compare 2016 BMW Z4 vs 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class

2016 BMW Z4
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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class
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2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive28i 22 34 $46,225 $49,700
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 17 24 $53,400 $57,500
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $61,540 $66,350
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Club Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
MX-5 Miata Club Automatic 26 35 $28,134 $29,755
MX-5 Miata Club Manual 26 33 $27,568 $29,155
MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Automatic 26 35 $29,564 $31,270
MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Manual 26 33 $28,548 $30,195
MX-5 Miata Sport Automatic 26 35 $25,195 $26,645
MX-5 Miata Sport Manual 26 33 $23,921 $25,295
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AMG SLC 43 Roadster
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SLC AMG SLC 43 Roadster 20 29 $57,056 $61,350
SLC SLC 300 Roadster 25 32 $45,012 $48,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,225
$28,134
$57,056
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$49,700
$29,755
$61,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$828 / month
$496 / month
$1023 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
6.4
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
While it isn't as agile as the Porsche Boxster it is priced against, the 2016 BMW Z4 balances sportiness with comfort and a comfortable cabin. The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class dukes it out on comfort with more sporting rivals.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 26 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 35 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two-Seaters Two-Seaters Two-Seaters
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.4 38
Passenger Capacity
2 2 2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 52.2 52.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.1 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- 52 -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- - 48.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 59.2 61.7
Wheelbase (in)
98.3 90.9 95.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 68.3 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.5 58.9 61
Length, Overall (in)
166.9 154.1 163.1
Height, Overall (in)
50.8 48.8 51.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.3 4.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8 4.6 6.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11 13
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 11 14.2
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 11.9 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 30.8 34.5
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P205/45WR17 P255/40YR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P205/45WR17 P235/40YR18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3263 2381 3541
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 8 17 X 7 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 8 17 X 7 18 X 9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 100 -
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded I-4 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 1450 148 @ 4600 384 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122 3.0 L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 155 @ 6000 362 @ 5500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 26 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 29 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 35 29
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.06 3.24
Trans Order Code
ZMT NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.64
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - 0.86
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.58 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.54 5.35
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.08 3.45 2.82
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.40 2.25
Trans Type
6 6 9
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.71 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.35 3.17 4.93
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.72
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW Z4 Mazda MX-5 Miata Mercedes-Benz SLC
Body Style
Roadster Convertible Roadster
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.8 6.1 7.7

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