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.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"FUN to drive!! Acceleration is adequate but the handling is fantastic. I'm always amazed at the capabilities of the car. You need to like a ride that is tightly controlled and some wind noise. But with the top down!!!"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"As fun as a car can get for this price."

KIRK H., AZ (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Most fun car I have ever had. Great acceleration, great road handling."

TONY P., ON (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I like the acceleration and handling but it has too much body roll while cornering for my taste."

GARY M., IN (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Flying Miata speed shop in Grand Junction, CO added a supercharger and a stiffer suspension, the car is quicker and handles better than a Boxter at half the price."

Anonymous, CO (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Love to put the top down and cruse around the hills and valleys of our area of the Ozarks. The fun factor is at the top of the charts!"

RONALD H., MO (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"As has been reported by many before, it's a blast to drive. Getting a step ladder in the trunk, however, is a challenge."

WILLIAM H., OH (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Acceleration is excellent even in 6th gear. Sharp precise steering."

PATRICK T., MO (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The car is a joy to drive. Most of my driving is long distance and it handles like a charm. When I need power to get out of tight spots, I just down shift to fifth and let her rip. What fun!"

DONNA B., PA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Ride is stiff, and a bit noisy, but it's a sports car. Handling could be tighter. Overall fun to drive and a good value."

RICHARD E., OH (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is noisier than I expected. Seats in the 2016 version are a bit more comfortable; no lumbar support in my 2010"

ERIC R., NY (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Seats are very hard to adjust for comfort. If the seats had a better quality of foam it would make a major positive difference. That's noise is one of the major issues I have. With the top is up, speaking to someone is almost impossible. The stereo system (5) track CD player is a nightmare. The CD player has a jamming issue. I no longer use, I have a CD still jammed inside. The system will no longer be any use to me.No longer will I enjoy books on tapes, Music CD's."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Remarkably quiet and smooth ride for such a small car"

ROBERT G., AZ (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Interior too tight."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Very sporty with low center of gravity. Gives a solid comfortable ride while being a blast to drive. Excellent visibility."

PATRICK T., MO (2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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