2010 Initial Quality Study Results
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a compact 2-seat convertible designed to be lightweight, nimble, and fun to drive. Unique among Mazda models, the MX-5 features a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration with an independent suspension on all four corners. A manual transmission is standard, with an automatic optional. All MX-5 Miata models share the identical 4-cylinder engine.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata was first introduced in 1989. A modern reincarnation of a classic British roadster, the Miata offered a manually-operated soft top that could be opened in seconds. Although the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood didn't offer massive power, a lightweight body combined with sport-tuned suspension and a willing chassis made it popular among driving enthusiasts.
Now in its third generation, and last redesigned for 2006, the Miata has added both weight and amenities (including an available folding hardtop convertible roof), but improvements over the years have secured its popularity within its segment. Mazda introduced a facelifted and revised model for 2009 that arrived in U.S. showrooms mid-year.For 2010, Mazda rolled out special anniversary models to commemorate two decades of sales in North America.
Dimensions and Interior Room
|Passenger Volume||46.0 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||5.3 cubic feet|
Features and Options
The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is sold in five different trim levels: Sport-Soft Top, Touring-Soft Top, Touring-Power Top, Grand Touring-Power Top, and Grand Touring-Soft Top. The MX-5 Miata is offered with a manual vinyl convertible top, manual cloth convertible top, or a power-retractable folding metal hardtop. The manual vinyl (only black) and cloth (black or beige) convertible tops can be lowered or raised from the driver's seat, without getting out of the car. The power retractable hardtop lowers or rises in 12 seconds, according to Mazda, is painted body color, and is available on Touring and Grand Touring models.
The standard Sport model features cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, a black vinyl convertible top, and more. The Touring model adds an under-hood shock tower brace, 17-inch alloy wheels, power door locks, remote entry, auto-dimming mirror, and more. The Grand Touring model builds on those options with the addition of automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats, heated seats, an upgraded Bose audio system, and more.
The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is offered with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 167 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission is standard (depending on model), with a 6-speed automatic optional. Fuel economy for the Mazda MX-5 Miata ranges between 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Safety and Crash Testing
|Front Driver||Not tested|
|Front Passenger||Not tested|
|Side Driver||Not tested|
|Side Rear Passenger||Not tested|
|Rollover 2WD||Not tested|
|Rollover 4WD||Not tested|
|IIHS||** TOP SAFETY PICK **|
|Frontal Offset||Not tested|
|Side Impact||Not tested|
|Roof Strength||Not tested|
|2010 IQS||Highest ranked in segment|
|2010 VDS|| |
Highest ranked, Compact Sporty Car segment
|2009 APEAL|| |
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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Model Page
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