Compare Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Ford Mustang vs. Nissan 370Z

Compare the Mazda MX-5 Miata against the Ford Mustang and Nissan 370Z. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the MX-5 Miata, Mustang and 370Z 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 MX-5 Miata, Mustang and 370Z. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011 Ford Mustang 2011 Nissan 370Z
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2011 Ford Mustang 2011 Nissan 370Z
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 Conv PRHT Man Special Edition
  • 2dr Conv PRHT Auto Special Edition
2dr Cpe V6
  • 2dr Cpe V6
  • 2dr Cpe V6 Premium
  • 2dr Conv V6
  • 2dr Conv V6 Premium
2dr Cpe Manual
  • 2dr Cpe Manual
  • 2dr Cpe Auto
  • 2dr Cpe Manual Touring
  • 2dr Cpe Auto Touring
  • 2dr Roadster Manual
  • 2dr Roadster Auto
  • 2dr Cpe Manual NISMO
  • 2dr Roadster Manual Touring
  • 2dr Roadster Auto Touring


MSRP $23,110 $22,145 $31,450
Invoice $21,385 $21,078 $29,464
Avg. Paid $14,750 $14,545 $21,494

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.6 9.0 8.7
Critics' Rating 9.3 9.7 8.6
Performance 9.0 9.2 8.5
Interior 6.5 8.2 7.2
Cost to Own 9.0 9.2 8.4
Safety N/A 9.4 N/A
Reliability 2.0 4.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Responsive engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • High reliability score
  • High safety score
  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Nimble handling
  • Responsive steering
  • Accelerates quickly
  • Balanced ride
  • Small trunk
  • Tight cabin
  • Cramped back seat
  • Engine vibrations at higher RPM

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas V6 3.7L/227 Gas V6 3.7L/- TBD -
MPG 22 City / 28 Hwy 19 City / 29 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe


Wheelbase(in) 91.7 107.1 100.4
Length, Overall (in) 157.3 188.1 167.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.7 73.9 72.6
Height, Overall (in) 49.0 55.6 51.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2447 3453 3232

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Optional Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Optional Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Optional Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Optional Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Optional Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 2 4 2
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 83.3 51.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.4 38.5 38.2
Front Leg Room (in) 43.1 42.4 42.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.2 55.3 54.4
Front Hip Room (in) 50.6 53.4 54.6
Second Head Room (in) 34.7
Second Leg Room (in) 29.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.6
Second Hip Room (in) 46.8
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 5.3 13.4 6.9


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



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


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard Optional
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 2.0L/122 3.7L/227 3.7L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 167 @ 7000 305 @ 6500 332 @ 7000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 140 @ 5000 280 @ 4250 270 @ 5200
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 30.8 33.4 32.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 19 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 29 26
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.7 16.0 19


Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link 3-Link Solid Axle Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Panhard rod Multi-Link


Automatic Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard

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