2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Road Test Specs

2009 Mazda Mazda MX-5 Convertible

(2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2009
ModelMX-5 Miata
StyleGrand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$26,350
Options on test vehiclePremium Package ($1,650 -- includes xenon HID headlights, stability control, traction control, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, Sirius Satellite Radio with 6-month free subscription, Mazda advanced keyless entry system and remote anti-theft alarm system); Suspension Package ($500 -- includes sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shock absorbers and limited-slip rear differential).
As-tested MSRP$29,170


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,999cc (122 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.8
Redline (rpm)7,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)167 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)140 @ 5,000
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.82; II=2.26; III=1.64; IV=1.00; IV=1.18; V=1.00; VI=0.79; Final Drive=4.10


Suspension, frontDouble-wishbone
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0:1
Tire brandP205/45R17 W
Tire modelREO50A
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, frontP205/45R17 W
Tire size, rearP205/45R17 W
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.9
0-75 mph (sec.)10.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.0@91.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g).86
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.4
@ Full throttle (dB)76.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)83.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAbout 4,000-rpm launch keeps revs up for an enthusiastic but not gratuitous amount of wheelspin. Easy to "pedal" and doesn't bog like it used to, and the upper revs are no longer wasted either. It even scratches on the 1-2 shift. Shifter is a little heavy, but always precise.
Braking ratingVG
Braking commentsVery consistent feel and capabilities. Some nosedive, but it seems to help damp out surface irregularities. ABS is a little noisy.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: It abused the front tires more than I expected. Steering info is excellent with nice load characteristics. Faster around the skid pad with stability control on because it can deal with terminal understeer by applying a single brake to keep it on the circle -- something no driver could do. Slalom: It's a good thing this car has stability control! Lightning-quick steering and slow-reacting chassis get out of shape at the second cone. Needs a LOT more roll stiffness. Fun and easy to flick once, but more than that and you'll need an armful of opposite lock. Best run was with minimal upset/steering.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)67.44
Wind (mph, direction)10N

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/28 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)12.7

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,511
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,514
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)52.5/47.5
Length (in.)157.3
Width (in.)67.7
Height (in.)49.0
Wheelbase (in.)91.7
Track, front (in.)58.7
Track, rear (in.)58.9
Turning circle (ft.)30.8
Legroom, front (in.)43.1
Headroom, front (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.2
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)5.3
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)5.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsNot available
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlOptional
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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