Compare MINI Cooper Coupe vs. Ford Mustang vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

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

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2012 MINI Cooper Coupe 2012 Ford Mustang 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2012 MINI Cooper Coupe 2012 Ford Mustang 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • 2dr
  • 2dr S
  • 2dr John Cooper Works
2dr Cpe V6
  • 2dr Cpe V6
  • 2dr Cpe V6 Premium
  • 2dr Conv V6
  • 2dr Cpe GT
  • 2dr Conv V6 Premium
  • 2dr Cpe GT Premium
  • 2dr Conv GT
  • 2dr Conv GT Premium
  • 2dr Cpe Boss 302
  • 2dr Cpe Shelby GT500
  • 2dr Conv Shelby GT500
2dr Conv Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Man Sport
  • 2dr Conv Auto Sport
  • 2dr Conv Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Auto Touring
  • 2dr Conv Man Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv Hard Top Man Touring
  • 2dr Conv Auto Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv Hard Top Auto Touring
  • 2dr Conv Hard Top Man Grand Touring
  • 2dr Conv Hard Top Auto Grand Touring


MSRP $21,300 $22,310 $25,830
Invoice $19,170 $21,245 $24,415
Avg. Paid $15,722 $16,431 $17,889

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 8.4 8.3
Critics' Rating 7.4 9.3 9.4
Performance 8.0 8.2 8.9
Interior 7.3 8.0 6.4
Cost to Own 8.9 8.5 9.1
Safety N/A 9.0 N/A
Reliability 2.5 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Useful trunk space
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Powerful base engine
  • Good fuel economy
  • Nimble handling
  • Superb handling
  • Great reliability score
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Oddly-placed interior controls
  • Base model’s unrefined interior
  • Cramped back seat
  • Cramped interior

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.6L/98 Gas V6 3.7L/227 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 29 City / 37 Hwy 19 City / 29 Hwy 21 City / 28 Hwy



Body Style Coupe 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible


Wheelbase(in) 97.1 107.1 91.7
Length, Overall (in) 146.8 188.1 157.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.3 73.9 67.7
Height, Overall (in) 54.3 55.6 49.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2557 3453 2480

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

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


Passenger Capacity 2 4 2
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 83.3 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 38.5 37.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 42.4 43.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 55.3 53.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.4 50.6
Second Head Room (in) 34.7
Second Leg Room (in) 29.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.6
Second Hip Room (in) 46.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.4 5.3


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Optional Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear 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
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 Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard 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 1.6L/98 3.7L/227 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 121 @ 6000 305 @ 6500 167 @ 7000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 114 @ 4250 280 @ 4250 140 @ 5000
Transmission Manual Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.1 33.4 30.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 29 19 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 29 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 10.6 16.0 12.7


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson MacPherson Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 3-Link Solid Axle Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Panhard rod


Automatic Optional Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard 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.