2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photo
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

Quick Take
If you want that classic roadster feel—and to feel like you’re going fast without having to break triple digits—the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata delivers it with surprising frugality and practicality. Read more »
7.8 out of 10
Browse Mazda MX-5 Miata inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS has researched available road tests covering the Mazda MX-5 Miata to find some of the most useful information from reviews elsewhere on the Web. That information is combined with firsthand impressions from's editors, who have driven the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata and bring their own expert opinion here.


  • Direct, quick handling
  • Rev-happy engine
  • Great manual gearbox
  • Available power-retractable hardtop


  • Lack of crash-test data
  • Cramped cockpit
  • Noisy on the highway

The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings the classic roadster look into the modern age with excellent reliability, great handling, and a weather-tight optional power-folding hardtop. For more than 20 years, the Miata has charmed those interested in a back-to-basics sports car that brings thrills but not necessarily a lot of frills.

From the outside, the Miata gets a more aggressive front end and a revised rear bumper last year, along with new lightweight 16- and 17-inch wheels. Overall, however, it keeps with a very classic roadster appearance, featuring a long hood, short cockpit-like cabin, and rear decklid.

The 2010 Miata’s four-cylinder engine is very responsive and rev-happy, with sports car-perfect handling, quick short-ratio steering, and short-throw manual transmissions that are a joy to run through the gears. Beginning in 2009, the combination became even more enjoyable with redline for the engine pushed up and new carbon-coated synchros for the gearbox.

At the top of the Miata range is a PRHT (power retractable hardtop) model, which is very well executed; when the hardtop is retracted and folded away, the Miata still has 5.3 cubic feet of trunk space. While that’s much smaller than any sedan, it’s large enough for most overnight bags or a couple of duffels. The PRHT model adds very little extra weight, and the top stows away in just 12 seconds; unlike some other hardtop convertible models, it doesn’t hamper the fun.

Next: Interior / Exterior »
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.