Compare 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2011 Nissan 370Z vs 2011 Porsche Boxster

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2011 Nissan 370Z
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2011 Porsche Boxster
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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 $25,731 $27,810
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Sport 21 28 $23,475 $25,370
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Automatic Touring 21 28 $24,565 $26,550
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $24,714 $26,710
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Sport 22 28 $21,385 $23,110
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv Manual Touring 21 28 $23,550 $25,450
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Automatic Grand Touring 21 28 $27,432 $29,650
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Automatic Special Edition 21 28 $29,165 $31,525
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Automatic Touring 21 28 $26,139 $28,250
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Manual Grand Touring 21 28 $26,415 $28,550
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Manual Special Edition 21 28 $28,610 $30,925
MX-5 Miata 2-Door Conv PRHT Manual Touring 21 28 $25,121 $27,150
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2-Door Coupe Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
370Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 26 $30,680 $32,750
370Z 2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 19 26 $34,684 $37,450
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $29,464 $31,450
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $38,139 $40,830
370Z 2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $33,483 $36,150
370Z 2-Door Roadster Automatic 18 25 $36,581 $39,500
370Z 2-Door Roadster Automatic Touring 18 25 $40,280 $43,500
370Z 2-Door Roadster Manual 18 25 $35,378 $38,200
370Z 2-Door Roadster Manual Touring 18 25 $39,077 $42,200
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2-Door Roadster
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Boxster 2-Door Roadster 19 27 $43,110 $48,100
Boxster 2-Door Roadster S 19 26 $52,560 $58,600
Boxster 2-Door Roadster Spyder 19 26 $55,440 $61,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,731
$30,680
$43,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,810
$32,750
$48,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$464 / month
$546 / month
$802 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.2
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Mazda MX-5 is a back-to-basics sports car that you don’t have to drive fast to enjoy—and it has way more practicality than you’d probably expect. A great performance car that starts just under $30,000, the 2011 Nissan 370Z comes close enough to Porsche performance to make you wonder. The 2011 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two-Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 54.4 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 51.6 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.9 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
2 2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 54.6 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 4.84 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
157.3 167.2 172.1
Height, Overall (in)
49.0 51.8 50.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.9 62.8 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
91.7 100.4 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 35.9 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 72.6 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 61.0 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.3 6.9 19.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.4 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.1 12.5 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.6 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.7 19 16.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
32.8 34.7 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 13.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
30.8 32.8 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/45R17 245/45WR18 P235/55ZR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/45R17 225/50WR18 P205/55ZR17
Spare Tire Size
NA T145/80D17 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2542 3269 2943
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 9.0 17 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 9.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 150 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
140 @ 5000 270 @ 5200 214 @ 4400-6000
Engine Order Code
NA VQ37VHR NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 3.7L/- TBD - 2.9L/177
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6700 332 @ 7000 255 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6 Gas Flat 6-cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.36 3.87
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41 1.13
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.58 0.86 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 4.92 3.66
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA 9.45
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 2.04 1.40
Trans Type
6 7 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.00 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.97 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 3.19 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.77 NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Mazda MX-5 Miata Nissan 370Z Porsche Boxster
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 8.5 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6 5

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