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  • 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    #3 in 2012 Affordable Sports Cars

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    #4 in 2012 Affordable Sports Cars

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    #5 in 2012 Affordable Sports Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $25,830
    • $36,980
    • $24,350
    • Avg. Paid
    • $10,758
    • $16,386
    • $8,039

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 9.0 /10
    • 8.1 /10
    • 7.4 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 9.4 /10
    • 8.5 /10
    • 7.4 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.9 /10
    • 8.4 /10
    • 8.2 /10
    • Interior
    • 6.4 /10
    • 7.2 /10
    • 7.4 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.1 /10
    • 8.4 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • Safety
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • Reliability
    • 3.5 /5
    • 3.0 /5
    • 2.5 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Superb handling
      • Nimble handling
      • Powerful engine
      • Attractive, upscale interior
      • Nimble handling
      • Great fuel economy
      • Good cargo space for a convertible
    • Cons
      • Cramped interior
      • Road noise at highway speeds
      • Limited interior space
      • Stiff ride
      • Noisy at highway speeds
      • Poor top-up visibility

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Drivetrain
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas I4 2.0L/122
    • Gas V6 3.7L/- TBD -
    • Gas I4 1.6L/98
    • MPG
    • 21 City / 28 Hwy
    • 18 City / 26 Hwy
    • 27 City / 35 Hwy
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    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 2 Door Convertible
    • 2 Door Coupe
    • Convertible
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 91.7
    • 100.4
    • 97.1
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 157.3
    • 167.2
    • 146.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 67.7
    • 72.6
    • 66.3
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 49.0
    • 51.8
    • 54.5
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Convertible Soft Top
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Standard
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 2480
    • 3291
    • 2635
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front All-Season
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Tires - Front Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear All-Season
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Locks
    • Optional
    •  
    •  

    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Back-Up Camera
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • HID headlights
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Keyless Start
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Parking Aid
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Front Reading Lamps
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Trip Computer
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Remote Trunk Release
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rain Sensing Wipers
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Heated Mirrors
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Folding Mirrors
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 2
    • 2
    • 2
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • - TBD -
    • 51.6
    • - TBD -
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 37.4
    • 38.2
    • 39.6
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 43.1
    • 42.9
    • 41.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 53.2
    • 54.4
    • 50.3
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • 50.6
    • 54.6
    • - TBD -
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 5.3
    • 6.9
    • 8.5
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Changer
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • HD Radio
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Premium Sound System
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Hard Disk Drive
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    Heating & Cooling
    • Climate Control
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Navigation System
    •  
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    •  
    • Optional
    • Leather Seats
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Premium Synthetic Seats
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Heated Front Seats
    •  
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Driver Lumbar
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Passenger Lumbar
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Driver Seat
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Passenger Seat
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Tow Hooks
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Emergency Trunk Release
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Locking Rear Differential
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    • Front Wheel Drive
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Engine Type
    • Gas I4
    • Gas V6
    • Gas I4
    • Displacement
    • 2.0L/122
    • 3.7L/- TBD -
    • 1.6L/98
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 167 @ 7000
    • 332 @ 7000
    • 121 @ 6000
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 140 @ 5000
    • 270 @ 5200
    • 114 @ 4250
    • Transmission
    • Manual w/OD
    • Manual w/OD
    • Manual
    • Turning diameter
    • 30.8
    • 32.8
    • 35.1
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 21
    • 18
    • 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 28
    • 26
    • 35
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 12.7
    • 19
    • 13.2
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • Independent
    • Independent
    • MacPherson
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Multi-link
    • Independent
    • Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    •  
    • Double Wishbone
    • w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • Multi-Link
    • w/Coil Springs
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • 6-Speed Automatic
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 6-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard

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