Compare 1997 Ford Mustang vs 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

1997 Ford Mustang
1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2-Door Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Convertible 20 30 $18,912 $20,755
Mustang 2-Door Convertible Cobra 18 26 $25,480 $28,135
Mustang 2-Door Convertible GT 17 26 $21,787 $23,985
Mustang 2-Door Coupe 20 30 $14,107 $15,355
Mustang 2-Door Coupe Cobra 18 26 $22,988 $25,335
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $16,460 $18,000
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2-Door Conv Base Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Base Automatic 22 28 $17,248 $19,125
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Base Manual 23 29 $17,248 $19,125
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Leather Pkg Automatic 22 28 $17,248 $19,125
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Leather Pkg Manual 23 29 $17,248 $19,125
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv M-Edition Automatic 22 28 $22,077 $24,485
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv M-Edition Manual 23 29 $22,077 $24,485
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Popular Equip Pkg Automatic 22 28 $17,248 $19,125
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Popular Equip Pkg Manual 23 29 $17,248 $19,125
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv R-Pkg Manual 23 29 $17,248 $19,125
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv STO-Edition Automatic 22 28 $20,306 $22,520
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv STO-Edition Manual 23 29 $20,306 $22,520
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Touring Pkg Automatic 22 28 $17,248 $19,125
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Touring Pkg Manual 23 29 $17,248 $19,125
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,912
$17,248
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,755
$19,125
Monthly Payment Estimate
$346 / month
$319 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
41.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 50.4
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 -
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
41.2 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 43.0
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 51.7
Second Leg Room (in)
30.3 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.1 37.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
76.1 46.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 55.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
3.6 4.5
Length, Overall (in)
181.5 155.4
Height, Overall (in)
53.4 48.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.7 56.2
Wheelbase (in)
101.3 89.2
Liftover Height (in)
30.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 66.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.7 3.6
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.5 x 0.55 9.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.02 10.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.4 12.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 18.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.3 30.0
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Manual Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.38 3.3
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
T32 NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65R15 P185/60HR14
Spare Tire Size
T125/90R15 T117/70D14
Front Tire Order Code
T32 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R15 P185/60HR14
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3216 2359
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 14 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4.0 14 x 4
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 14 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.6 5.64
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 70
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 4000 133 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
EFI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
215 @ 2750 114 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
994 NA
Displacement
3.8L/232 1.8L/112
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 28
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.15 2.181
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.458
Trans Order Code
445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.73 4.100
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.720
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.35 2.458
Clutch Size (in)
11.02 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.000
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang Mazda MX-5 Miata
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.06 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-bar link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
30 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

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