The Miata is 20 years old. That’s right, it was 1990 when Mazda took the classic British sports car formula and brought into the modern age, with all the reliability and technology available today. It was an immediate sensation when released. It’s simply styling, affordable pricing, and go kart like handling help it to remain one of the most popular roadster in existence.
As it is a roadster, it is only a two seater. With convertible tops available in either manual soft top or power hard top. For 2010 the model is available in three trim levels. Sport, touring, and grand touring. The sport is the most basic model, essentially designed to give wind in your hair fun on a budget, while the touring and grand touring models feature increasing amounts of amenities.
Power for this pocket roadster comes from a 2.0 liter four cylinder making 167 HP. The power then goes through either a 5 or 6 speed manual transmissions. A six speed automatic transmission is available as well, but in this configuration, the engine only produces 158 HP.
Engines: 2.0L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring
For 2010 the MX-5 loses its Sport model with power retractable hardtop (PRHT), Havana brown interior, as well as the marble white exterior. Hardtop Touring and Grand Touring editions receive chrome door handles and chrome headlamp bezels. Also new for PRHT models are top control buttons set above the stereo.
The MX-5 continues to demonstrate a compact and cute round form that’s both attractive and lightweight. Head and taillights are placed inboard to accentuate the compactness. As a whole, the MX-5 is attractive and modern — you’ll just have to get used to the grinning grille that has become a signature Mazda design cue.
A three-spoke steering wheel, air conditioning, bucket seats, and silver trim are standard on Sport models. Opt for the Touring trim and a leather shift knob, cruise control, and power windows are added to the two-seater’s cabin. A Bose audio system and heated seats also entertain and provide comfort for Grand Touring drivers.
The MX-5’s power isn’t overwhelming, but it gets the job done. The front mid-ship engine layout, mixed with rear wheel drive and a scant curb weight between 2400 and 2550 pounds, means gobs of grip and phenomenal cornering ability. Use of aluminum throughout allows for smooth weight transitions and predictable tracking. If you want the best performance bang for your buck, go for the MX-5’s Suspension package that adds Bilstein shocks and a limited slip differential.
All MX-5 models get dual front airbags and side impact airbags, There’s also a engine immobilized, anti-lock brakes, and side impact door beams.
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
- Fun styling Lots of grip
- Precise handling
- Great standard amenities
- Compact cabin
Possibly the greatest performance bang for the buck
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