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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2010 Mazda Miata For Sale PAThe Mazda Miata, or more officially the MX-5, recently returned to the market, with a redesigned and reintroduced vehicle. The Mazda Miata was rolled out for the first time in 1990 and much has changed over the decades, including the disappearance of the Miata name from the car's exterior in 2006 as part of its third-generation redesign. The Miata's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 167-horsepower, a single horse improvement over the outgoing model. Its suspension has been revised to improve handling and the roadster gets new front and rear fascias as well as a few feature upgrades. The new Miata is highlighted by a sharper-looking new front end. The interior has been modified to be more accommodating with a more comfortable center armrest and less intrusive cup holders in the doors. Overall, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a convertible sports car that is sleek, capable, well-engineered, delightful, and fun. For 2010, the SV trim was dropped from the soft-top, and the Sport trim was dropped from the hardtop. The 2010 model has an MSRP of $22,810 - $28,250.

Miata Power

Three transmissions are offered, a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The only engine available, a 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder, comes in two power levels, one rated at 167 horsepower with either manual transmission, or 158 horsepower with the automatic. The horsepower change comes from a higher redline with the manual: 7,200 rpm, rather than 6,700 rpm with the automatic. The power increase is negligible, but it gives the driver a little more "headroom" in each gear before hitting the rev limiter or needing to upshift. The automatic is programmed to upshift before hitting the rev limiter.

Driving the 2010 Mazda Miata

The rev limit for the 2.0L manual model now registers at 7,500rpm, with peak output of 160hp (118kW) 188Nm coming at 7,000rpm. The six-speed manual gearbox has also been upgraded with new carbon-coated synchronizer for improved shift-feel. Mazda says that fuel economy is up for 2010. The MX-5 has rear-wheel drive with optimal front-rear weight distribution. Mazda retuned the suspension for 2010 with the goal of improving road feel. It also revised the engine's intake runner for a sportier sound. A lower front roll center and retuned suspension make the car's response to steering inputs more linear and enable the driver to precisely trace desired lines. The ball joints' vertical pivot position was changed to reduce the height of the front roll center by 26mm. This decreased fluctuations in the vertical loading on the outer wheel during cornering maneuvers. In the end, the Miata handles better and is a much smoother vehicle to drive.

Mazda Miata Design

The MX-5 Miata roadster comes in two basic configurations: a soft-top or a power retractable hardtop. The 2010 model lineup can be distinguished by a new front-end design, revised side sills, and a new rear bumper. The character hump in the hood remains, as does the fender flares. A tweaked mesh grille is also more reminiscent of the Mazdaspeed3 (MPS) than previous designs, as is the new lower intake. The headlights are more shapely. The rear bumper is also deeper and wider, with a more prominent crease on the side. The tailpipes are now flush with the bumper. The Miata is available with newly designed 16in and 17in aluminum wheels. The 16in wheels have five sets of twin spokes, while the 17in wheels have 10 twisted spokes. Mazda says the side sills and taillights are also reshaped, but it's mainly for aerodynamics and they're not easily distinguishable from the 2008's. New exterior color options include Aluminum, Metropolitan Grey and Sunflower Yellow.

Inside the MX-5

The cabin of the 2010 Miata has gotten an update, with only minor stylistic updates such as the dark silver trim, new instrument panel, and new Recaro seats on select models. The revised Miata also adds an MP3-capable stereo and an auxiliary audio input jack. The Miata gets a two-seat configuration which provides plenty of driver space. All trim levels include a driver's seat height adjustment, which improves adjustability. The door and center armrests are now padded and make for a more comfortable experience. Heated seats, available in the Grand Touring trim level, now have five settings. The MX-5 comes with either a manual soft-top or a power-retractable hardtop. Though the hardtop panels store out of sight behind the seats, they don't sacrifice trunk space versus the soft-top, which is unheard of in this type of convertible. Though the trunk isn't large to begin with, it's volume is more than its main competitors.


The new generation 2010 Miata gets an update in the latest safety technology. This includes dual front airbags with passenger deactivation switch, side impact airbags, tire pressure monitoring and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution; electronic stability and traction control is optional on the Grand Touring trim. The new model has gotten both an exterior and interior revamp, as has the car's engine lineup, which now has a 500rpm higher rev limit. The Miata may be new and improved, but what hasn't changed is the formula: small, lightweight and affordable.


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