Compare Mitsubishi Eclipse vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Ford Mustang

Compare the Mitsubishi Eclipse against the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Ford Mustang. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Eclipse, MX-5 Miata and Mustang stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Eclipse, MX-5 Miata and Mustang. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011 Ford Mustang
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011 Ford Mustang
3dr Cpe Auto SE
  • 3dr Cpe Man GS
  • 3dr Cpe Auto GS
  • 3dr Cpe Auto SE
  • 3dr Cpe Auto GS Sport
  • 2dr Spyder Auto GS Sport
  • 2dr Spyder Auto SE
  • 3dr Cpe Auto GT
  • 2dr Spyder Auto GT
2dr Conv Man Sport
  • 2dr Conv Man Sport
  • 2dr Conv Auto Sport
  • 2dr Conv Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Auto Touring
  • 2dr Conv Man Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Auto Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Auto Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Man Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Auto Grand Touring
2dr Cpe V6
  • 2dr Cpe V6
  • 2dr Cpe V6 Premium
  • 2dr Conv V6
  • 2dr Conv V6 Premium


MSRP $24,699 $22,960 $22,145
Invoice $23,657 $21,222 $21,078
Avg. Paid $12,473 $11,352 $13,364

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 9.1 8.8
Critics' Rating 6.9 9.5 9.7
Performance 7.0 8.8 9.2
Interior 6.9 6.8 8.2
Cost to Own 9.0 9.1 9.2
Safety N/A N/A 9.4
Reliability 3.0 5.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

  • Good acceleration with V6
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Great gas mileage for the class
  • Smooth-shifting manual transmission
  • Athletic handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • High safety score
  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Nimble handling
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Small trunk space
  • Tight cabin
  • Cramped back seat

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.4L/145 Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas V6 3.7L/227
MPG 20 City / 28 Hwy 22 City / 28 Hwy 19 City / 29 Hwy



Body Style 3 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe


Wheelbase(in) 101.4 91.7 107.1
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 157.3 188.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 67.7 73.9
Height, Overall (in) 53.2 49.0 55.6
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top Standard
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
Running Boards
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3377 2447 3453

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Optional
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Optional
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks Optional Optional Optional
Steel Wheels
Wheel Covers
Wire Wheel Covers


Trailer Hitch Receiver
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Optional Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start
Luggage Rack
Rear Parking Aid
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps
Rear Seat Heat Ducts
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics
Trip Computer Optional
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats
Keyless Entry Standard Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Optional Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 4 2 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 80.2 - TBD - 83.3
Front Head Room (in) 37.5 37.4 38.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 43.1 42.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.2 53.2 55.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 50.6 53.4
Second Head Room (in) 34.6 34.7
Second Leg Room (in) 29.2 29.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.2 51.6
Second Hip Room (in) 44.4 46.8
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.7 5.3 13.4
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control
Dual Zone A/C
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup


Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar
Seat Memory
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning


Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential Standard
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas V6
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.0L/122 3.7L/227
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 162 @ 6000 167 @ 7000 305 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 162 @ 4000 140 @ 5000 280 @ 4250
Transmission Sportronic Auto w/OD Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 40.0 30.8 33.4


Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 22 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 28 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.7 12.7 16.0


Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double-Wishbone Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-link 3-Link Solid Axle
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilzer Bar w/Panhard rod
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear


Automatic Standard Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic Optional
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Standard Standard
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.