If you have the Power Retractable Hard Top, press a button and 12 seconds is all it takes to open up to or close out the world. It's this absence of technology run amok that makes you long for more time behind the wheel on a longer, windier road. The 2010 model brings a reshuffling of color and package availability, but the smile remains, even on the nose of the car. To models equipped with a six-speed manual, they added something called an Induction Sound Enhancer, which uses tuned pipes to route the intake note to the cabin. The mid-level Club trim features some equipment for improved performance, including Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shock absorbers, and a limited-slip differential. They found another horsepower up there, too. Yet while some competitors provide sharp handling by making the suspension stiff to the point of discomfort, the Miata remains compliant and provides a smooth ride over most road surfaces.
It's still softly sprung, so the body still leans into corners as lateral load builds. The Miata doesn't do data plots. Either way, this is one of the most fuel-efficient sports cars. Just unlock the latch above the rearview mirror, and throw the roof over your shoulder with one hand. .
The additional refinements to the Miata's powertrain only add to the experience. Still, it's still just as fun to drive as any of them, if not more so. The digital beings follow it blindly. Long road trips won't be a problem. Or they ignore it, lest they contemplate too long and fry a circuit. Anticipating a drift and dialing in opposite lock becomes a sixth sense.
The formulae can't explain its rampant success, why it's a constant favorite. They upped the redline 500 rpm, just so you could scream above 7000. The horsepower infusion for 2019 helps as well. Power delivery is smooth and linear, with the increased redline welcome to folks who like to rip around tight canyon roads. The Miata circa 2009 sounded more like a carbureted roadster.
Head and taillights are placed inboard to accentuate the compactness. The freshened, engine still feels natural. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but you can opt for a six-speed automatic. The front mid-ship engine layout, mixed with rear wheel drive and a scant curb weight between 2400 and 2550 pounds, means gobs of grip and phenomenal cornering ability. You can drive it like a hooligan on an autocross, sliding the rear around wherever you want to. The soft top remains the quickest and lightest, though.
It's just as fun on bumpy country roads too, with quick reflexes begging you to eke closer to the limit. This Mazda's magic lies not in straight lines, but when the road twists and turns. It handles unbelievably well, and it provides a generally comfortable ride. The engine delivers energetic acceleration, and there's enough power for any driving situation. Mazda dropped the old 155-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and now the Miata features a 2.
The induction note sings each of the 167 horses through the cabin, becoming sweeter as you to reach toward the 7200-rpm redline. The roadster eschews numbers for a greater goal: driving bliss. The same is true a year later. The chassis communicates its movements clearly. The dual-mass flywheel makes shifting a manual-equipped Miata even smoother than before. Each of the three trim levels employ the same 2.
And through our time with the car, that smile became infectious. Even in the cheapest base Sport trim, standard interior appointments are numerous. With the top down, there's literally nothing separating you from the experience. The 7,500 rpm cutoff also means that you don't need to shift to third during zero-to-60 runs. Mazda added the power in a useful way and made the engine more efficient in the process. It doesn't compromise trunk space and adds just 82 pounds overall.