The Miata is a fun-to-drive, low-slung little roadster, with pinpoint handling, instant power delivery, and a crisp manual gearbox. Excellent fuel economy is an extra bonus. While it remains very tight, the cabin has grown a little more livable over the years. The ride is surprisingly tolerable, but cabin noise can grow wearying on long cruises.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
NA
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
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2009
NA
2010
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NA
2014
NA
2015
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2018
NA
2019
2020
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2005
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2012.
Road Test

The Miata is a fun-to-drive, low-slung little roadster, with pinpoint handling, instant power delivery, and a crisp manual gearbox. Excellent fuel economy is an extra bonus. While it remains very tight, the cabin has grown a little more livable over the years. The ride is surprisingly tolerable, but cabin noise can grow wearying on long cruises. The retractable powered hardtop operates easily but adds additioanl expense and does little to reduce noise.

Seating
2 front
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (158 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (167 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Minor issues with the weather stripping around the driver side window. Occasional small leakage in large storms."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Problems with drainage where water would flood the driver's side and need to be vacuumed out. Water would pool behind and under driver's seat as well."

Jason S., CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Occured with top up at freeway speed. A mechanic resolved it. (not the dealer)"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rough roads vibrated the fasteners loose from the sun visors"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"convertible hardtop rattled. Took it in for adjustment during routine maintenance. The rattle came back in 2-3 months. Took it in again - currently quiet"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk liner rattled, many body squeeks, driver's seatbelt attachment squeeks when driver breathes. I installed weather stripping around trunk liner and some interior areas and that helped"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The PRHT does not fully seal/seat against the windscreen and rattles especially in the winter"

Chris R., VA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Very minor complaint for power folding hardtop squeaks and minor wind noise with occasional window seal water leak. This"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rattling metal noise in the dash, near the sound and temperature systems"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"There is a constant sound of wind noise in the vehicle in motion."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD Player was not releasing CD after loading for 3-4 days. Stopped using it after 3rd time and bought an Ipod."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player won't play, load or unload CD's since last summer. It tries every time the radio is turned on and then says "Check CD""

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It "ate" CD's. I'm on the third radio/CD player"

Joseph S., OR (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Player will not advance from one disc to the next. 5 disc player."

Alan O., FL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"AM radio receives alot of interference"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bose system amplifier bad. Produced painful, loud noises. Already replaced twice before I bought it. Installed aftermarket system with backup camera, Bluetooth, MP3"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"The passenger door speaker hums sometimes."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

"Dome light burned out multiple times. Dealer replaced multiple times"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk lid safety lights don't work"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"My key device stopped working. Using backup"

James M., CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Parking brake light comes on when accelerating"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Light went on with no apparent problem related to it"

Lois F., FL (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Needed to be replaced because of check engine light"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump was weak, car did to start easily after being parked. Difficult to access because of location behind seats."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Oxygen sensor failed"

Richard E., OH (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

"The belt broke and the power steering fluid/pump broke. I don't know what caused the problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Bilstein sport shocks leaking oil. Service records from previous versions wner indicate problem started in 2015 when car was 5 years old."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I just had new shocks installed ,state inspection and oil change for $ 750 at the local Mazda dealer."

John S., PA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Only replaced the clutch once in 130K miles. that is acceptable"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"replace pads and rotors"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The driver's side door handle broke off when I pulled on it. No prior problem or warning sign. Small pin had broken inside. Door handle was replaced and has worked fine since."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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