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2010 Mazda Miata Review

Popular little roadster with lots of appeal

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Mazda Miata is an attractive two-seat convertible roadster available with a soft or power-retractable hardtop in three trim levels: Sport, Tour, and Grand Touring. Powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four engine generating 158 horsepower with the automatic transmission or 167 horsepower with the manual transmission, the Mazda Miata displays style, speed, and agility.

Distinctive for its high performance, exceptional value, and practicality, the Mazda Miata offers versatility too with a user friendly, hardtop roof option. The Miata also has a bit of a swagger, thanks to an Induction Sound Enhancer that routes intake resonance to the cowl, making the roadster even more exciting. With sufficient safety and fuel economy of 22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway, the Miata is one of the most popular compact convertibles around.

New for 2010

After a mild refresh in the 2009, the 2010 Mazda Miata is primarily unchanged with the exception of the retirement of the SV and Sport power retractable hardtop (PRHT) trim levels.

Essentials

Engine: 2.0L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Convertible
Trims: Sport Convertible, Touring Convertible, Touring Hardtop Convertible, Grand Touring Convertible, Grand Touring Hardtop Convertible,

On the Outside

With a compact and cute round form that's attractive and lightweight, the Mazda Miata sports head and taillights placed inboard to accentuate the compactness. The Mazda Miata is an attractive and modern sports car with lots of fans.

From the Inside

Standard interior amenities on the Mazda Miata Sport trim include a three-spoke steering wheel, air conditioning, bucket seats, and silver trim. On the Touring trim, a leather shift knob, cruise control, and power windows are added to the roadster's cabin. The Grand Touring trim boasts a Bose audio system and heated seats for entertainment and comfort.

Driving Performance

With the front mid-ship engine layout, combined with rear wheel drive and a low curb weight between 2400 and 2550 pounds, the Mazda Miata gets lots of road grip and outstanding cornering ability. Use of aluminum throughout makes weight transitions smooth and tracking predictable. In addition, the suspension package adds Bilstein shocks and a limited slip differential.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Mazda Miata includes dual front airbags, side impact airbags, anti-lock brakes, and side impact door beams.

Gas Mileage

Sport (manual): 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Touring, Grand Touring (manual): 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Touring, Grand Touring (automatic): 21mpg city/28 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Plenty of pizzazz
  • Great road grip
  • Precise steering and handling
  • Excellent standard amenities

Minuses

  • Cramped cabin

Rating

Popular little roadster with lots of appeal

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