Compare 2012 Ford Fiesta vs 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2012 MINI Cooper

2012 Ford Fiesta
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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2012 MINI Cooper
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan S 28 38 $12,788 $13,200
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan SE 28 38 $14,170 $14,670
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $15,984 $16,600
Fiesta 5-Door HB S 28 38 $13,634 $14,100
Fiesta 5-Door HB SE 28 38 $15,110 $15,670
Fiesta 5-Door HB SES 28 38 $16,830 $17,500
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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 21 28 $26,655 $28,200
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Sport 21 28 $24,322 $25,730
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Touring 21 28 $25,454 $26,930
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Hard Top Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $28,403 $30,050
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Hard Top Automatic Special Edition 21 28 $29,937 $31,675
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Hard Top Automatic Touring 21 28 $27,071 $28,640
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Hard Top Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $27,364 $28,950
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Hard Top Manual Special Edition 21 28 $29,511 $31,225
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Hard Top Manual Touring 21 28 $26,031 $27,540
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $25,617 $27,100
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Sport 22 28 $22,188 $23,470
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Touring 21 28 $24,415 $25,830
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cooper Convertible 2-Door 27 35 $22,455 $24,950
Cooper Convertible 2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $31,590 $35,100
Cooper Convertible 2-Door S 27 35 $25,155 $27,950
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe 29 37 $17,550 $19,500
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 25 33 $26,910 $29,900
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe S 27 35 $20,790 $23,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,788
$26,655
$22,455
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,200
$28,200
$24,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$220 / month
$470 / month
$416 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance. 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. If you're looking for style with a dash of sport and a handful of practicality, the MINI Cooper Coupe is a great choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 21 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 28 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Two Seater Minicompact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
49.2 - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 53.2 50.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 - 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 - 39.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.1 41.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 50.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
31.2 - 29.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.4 38.4
Passenger Capacity
5 2 4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
57.7 58.7 57.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
173.6 157.3 146.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 49.0 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.7 58.9 57.8
Wheelbase (in)
98.0 91.7 97.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.8 67.7 66.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.8 5.3 9.2
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.0 x - TBD - 10.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD - 11.4 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.0 12.7 13.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.3 15.0 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.4 30.8 35.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 32.8 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Front Tire Size
P185/65R15 P205/45R17 P195/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P185/65R15 P205/45R17 P195/55R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2578 2542 2701
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.8 7.9 5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100 150
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
112 @ 5000 140 @ 5000 118 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
99J NA NA
Displacement
1.6L/97 2.0L/122 1.6L/97.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
120 @ 6350 158 @ 6700 121 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 28 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 21 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
33 23 30
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.85 3.54 3.21
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.40 1.19
Trans Type
5 6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.71 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.61 3.17 3.14
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.06 1.79
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
Front-wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.07 4.10 4.35
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.95 1.00 0.91
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.58 0.68
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 2 Door Convertible Convertible
Vehicle Name
Ford Fiesta Mazda MX-5 Miata MINI Cooper Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Twist Beam Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 (2011) 5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 8.0 6.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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