2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. Its Competition

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The competitive set for the 2010 Mazda Miata suddenly got a lot smaller with the discontinuation of GM’s Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice.

The Honda S2000 roadster has now also reached the end of its run.

The MINI Cooper Convertible comes in a dizzying array of trim and styling combinations and offers a turbocharged engine option.

As such, the Cooper S Convertible feels like a sports car, even if it has front-wheel drive.

The new 370Z Roadster is a little smaller than the previous drop-top 350Z, and it’s tuned to feel more like a serious sports car; it has more flat-out acceleration and absolute performance compared to the Miata, but it’s not as docile and forgiving on twisty real roads.

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Quick Specs
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.
The Nissan Z has never occupied the top spot in the performance world—and it doesn't now—but it's still a great performance car that starts just under $30,000.
The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible brings top-down fun to the already entertaining MINI hatchback.
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Gas Mileage  
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas V6Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class  
Two SeaterTwo-SeaterMinicompact
Style Name  
2-Door Convertible Manual Sport2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Convertible2 door coupe2 Door Convertible
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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