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
Auto SE
  • Man GS
  • Auto GS
  • Auto SE
  • Auto GS Sport
  • Auto GS Sport
  • Auto SE
  • Auto GT
  • 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 $13,847 $13,575 $14,545

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 7.6 9.0
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 2.0 4.0

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 reliability score
  • 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

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3377 2447 3453

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Optional Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Optional
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Optional Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror 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 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
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.7 5.3 13.4


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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard 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
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


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

Safety Features

Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
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 Fuel Standard Standard Standard
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


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


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