Compare 2016 Ford Mustang vs 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2016 Scion FR-S

2016 Ford Mustang
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2016 Scion FR-S
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2-Door Conv EcoBoost Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Conv EcoBoost Premium 22 31 $33,211 $35,145
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT Premium 15 25 $39,591 $41,895
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 17 28 $28,607 $29,645
Mustang 2-Door Fastback EcoBoost 22 31 $24,490 $25,645
Mustang 2-Door Fastback EcoBoost Premium 22 31 $28,014 $29,645
Mustang 2-Door Fastback GT 15 25 $30,613 $32,395
Mustang 2-Door Fastback GT Premium 15 25 $34,393 $36,395
Mustang 2-Door Fastback Shelby GT350 14 21 $45,166 $47,795
Mustang 2-Door Fastback Shelby GT350R 14 21 $45,166 $47,795
Mustang 2-Door Fastback V6 17 28 $23,299 $24,145
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2-Door Conv Automatic Club
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Club 27 36 $27,732 $29,330
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Grand Touring 27 36 $29,565 $31,270
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Sport 27 36 $24,960 $26,395
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Club 27 34 $27,042 $28,600
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Grand Touring 27 34 $28,427 $30,065
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Sport 27 34 $23,563 $24,915
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2-Door Coupe Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FR-S 2-Door Coupe Automatic 25 34 $25,085 $26,405
FR-S 2-Door Coupe Automatic Release Series 2.0 25 34 $29,079 $30,610
FR-S 2-Door Coupe Manual 22 30 $24,040 $25,305
FR-S 2-Door Coupe Manual Release Series 2.0 22 30 $28,034 $29,510

Pricing

Invoice Price

$33,211
$27,732
$25,085

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$35,145
$29,330
$26,405

Monthly Payment Estimate

$586 / month
$489 / month
$440 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.2
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The Ford Mustang keeps its newfound finesse and pony-car attitude, blasting past its 50th year with a rorty new Shelby GT350 variant plus more ways to stand out from the crowd. The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata shouldn’t disappoint driving purists, yet it’s been reformulated for a new generation to enjoy. The 2016 Scion FR-S is the perfect affordable sports car for many, with just enough in the way of creature comforts to keep it livable as a daily driver as well.

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Fuel Economy

City

22 mpg 27 mpg 25 mpg

Highway

31 mpg 36 mpg 34 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Cars Two Seaters Minicompact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

80.8 - 76.5

Front Hip Room (in)

54.9 52 53.1

Second Leg Room (in)

30.8 - 29.9

Front Head Room (in)

37.6 37.4 37.1

Passenger Capacity

4 2 4

Second Hip Room (in)

43.7 - 45.3

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.3 52.2 54.5

Second Head Room (in)

35.7 - 35

Second Shoulder Room (in)

44.7 - 51.7

Front Leg Room (in)

44.5 43.1 41.9

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

64.9 59.2 60.6

Wheelbase (in)

107.1 90.9 101.2

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

75.4 68.3 69.9

Track Width, Front (in)

62.3 58.9 59.8

Length, Overall (in)

188.3 154.1 166.7

Height, Overall (in)

54.9 48.8 50.6

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- 5.3 4.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

11.4 4.6 6.9

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 11 11.4

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)

12.6 11 11.6

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)

15.5 11.9 13.2

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.8 30.8 36.1

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P235/50WR18 P205/45WR17 P215/45WR17

Rear Tire Order Code

T3H NA NA

Front Tire Size

P235/50WR18 P205/45WR17 P215/45WR17

Spare Tire Size

NA NA Compact

Front Tire Order Code

T3H NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3642 2381 2806

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8 17 X 7 17 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8 17 X 7 17 X 7

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

320 @ 2500 148 @ 4600 151 @ 6400

Engine Order Code

99H NA NA

Displacement

2.3 L/140 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

310 @ 5500 155 @ 6000 200 @ 7000

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded H-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 (Est) 30 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

31 (Est) 36 34

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

22 (Est) 27 25

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.24 3.54 3.54

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.31 3.45 4.10

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.67 1.40 1.40

Trans Type

6 6 6

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.71 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.84 3.17 3.17

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.54 2.06 2.06

Trans Order Code

44X AT6 NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.24 1.00 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.70 0.58 0.58

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Mustang Mazda MX-5 Miata Scion FR-S

Body Style

Convertible Convertible Coupe

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Double Wishbone Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Double Wishbone Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

NA 5.9 6.3

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- 100 130

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- - 390

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

-

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

-

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

-

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

-

Overall Side Crash Rating

-

Side Barrier Rating

-

Side Barrier Rating Driver

-

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

-

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

-

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

-

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

-

Rollover Rating

-

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