2010 Mazda MX-5

2010 Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5
MX-5 (still called the Miata by purists) is in its third edition as the best-selling sports car in history. Since its debut in 1989, more than 850,000 Miatas have sold, and a lot more will likely sell considering the upgrades – some substantial, some subtle – for the 2010 model.

The new edition is available with a manual-folding soft top with a heated-glass rear window or a power-folding hardtop, and there are 10 trims. It all ups up to a sure-thing to continue the sports car’s legacy.

Mazda MX-5

The Weekly Driver’s Ratings

First Impression: My weekly driver, the grand touring soft top model, arrived a few days before Halloween. Its exterior color, Competition Yellow, was ideal for the week. The tone is more orange than yellow and it’s striking, for good or bad. Lots of onlookers commented on my pumpkin on wheels.

Acceleration (6)
With its low-to-the-ground profile and classic two-seat sports car feel, the MX-5 seems fast. Better described, it’s brisk. The six-speed manual transmission has short throws and gearing is firm, which adds to the fun.

Mazda MX-5

Controls/Gauges (6)
The controls are well-placed. Gauges are clearly marked and easy to read.

Details (6)
It’s plastic throughout the cockpit, but it looks sharp. The Grand Touring edition (my weekly driver) had leather trim and it added class. The aforementioned hidden storage bins added a savvy touch.

Front Seats (6)
I’m 6-feet, 185 pounds and I fit OK in the Mazda MX-5. But anyone taller would likely want for more leg room and definitely more head room when the soft top is up. The Mazda MX-5 isn’t spacious, but how many coupes are?

Rear Seats (0)
There aren’t any.

Total (54 out of 100 )

Class – Sports car

Primary competition – Honda S2000, Nissan 370Z.

For standard equipment/option package information, visit: www.mazdausa.com.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price – $26,410.

Price As Driven – $29,310.

Mileage Estimates – 21 mpg (city), 28 mpg (hwy).

Warranty – Bumper-to-bumper, 3 years/36,000 miles; Powertrain, 5 years/60,000 miles; Roadside assistance, 3 years/36,000 miles.

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