The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the Perfect Escape From Family Life

March 10, 2010
Being a part of a family means a lot of wonderful things among them a feeling of belonging and love. But there is another side of family life that is a bit darker and it usually involves off-key recitals, endless soccer practices and the ever exciting getting of groceries. But what if there was a safe way to occasionally escape all that hum-drum stuff and have a bit of a thrill?

Well, the answer to all your troubles and stresses may come in a form that surprises you because it is as familiar as the people you call family. It’s the 2010 Mazda Miata, and while it may only seat two people its mission in life is far more precious than that of any minivan or SUV. The Miata can bring an endless wellspring of joy and fulfillment into your life just because it is that much fun to drive.

Although no formal studies have been done, most people know that a relaxing drive on your favorite twisty backroad is a surefire way to forget your troubles. But there is one thing you need to know. Even though you like driving your family car you will absolutely fall in love with driving the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Not just because it is sporty, youthful looking or a convertible but also because it is fast, economical and a strong value.

Starting at $23,560 for a basic soft-top Miata Sport, it is easy to see that you don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy the driving fun behind the wheel of this gregarious little roadster. The test vehicle was a top line Miata Grand Touring which added leather, heated seats, a fantastic Bose audio system and automatic climate control. This particular Miata was also extra special (this color no longer appears on the Mazda website, however) as it was colored in a shade you could only call “Canary Yellow.”

If you want a little more peace and quiet with the top up just know that Mazda offers the option of a folding metal hardtop that only makes this lightweight put on about 80 pounds. With that little tiny bit of a weight penalty it can make sense to test drive the hardtop variant but as the soft top is the easiest convertible top ever engineered why bother? You can put it up and down with one hand.

The Miata is a car in which you should experience the natural environment not escape from it. That is another wonderful aspect of the 2010 Miata and that is the very visceral relationship it creates with its driver. This is done through a gorgeously smooth six-speed manual, growling 167 horsepower 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine and the precision handling as dictated by near perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

The steering and handling are constantly giving you feedback in this little roadster so it is very hard to get into any trouble even at high speeds. And while a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder may not sound that fast, the unit in the Miata has plenty of oomph to get you where you need to be. And as it comes standard with a ferocious snarl when you near the 7,000 RPM plus redline the 2010 Miata feels seriously fast.

Other than that the Miata is your usual cozy two-seat roadster with a small trunk that also manages to return EPA mileage figures of 21 city/28 highway. During our test the Miata returned 27 miles per gallon which is impressively near the high number even though the majority of driving was done on city streets.

Last, but not least, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata has the cutest little chrome smile just under its stylish headlamps. Drivers and family car drivers out there remember this and take heart—there is a 2010 Mazda Miata out there with your smile on it.

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