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Bose has created an optional sound system that adjusts equalization”
Kelley Blue Book
just push the button, count twelve Mississippis and do some donuts
With respect to features, the 2010 Mazda Miata continues to lack some popularly requested features that are out of place in a basic roadster, like a navigation system, but also some necessary tech ones, like a Bluetooth hands-free interface.
One of the most clever features available on the Miata line continues to be the Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT), a separate model that weighs just 80 pounds more than the standard soft-top roadster. The top takes just 12 seconds to fold away, so the effect on performance is minimal. Jalopnik gives this advice: "just push the button, count twelve Mississippis and do some donuts."
The standard soft-top model includes a vinyl top on base cars and a fabric one on mid-scale models. The soft top is easy to use; just flick the header latches and flip it over the shoulder into a shallow holding area. You'll still have enough luggage room for a short weekend trip. As Kelley Blue Book points out, "the top, for example, can be operated from inside the car with just one arm and, when retracted, collapses into a small well behind the seats.”
Kelley Blue Book notes that the optional Bose audio system available on the MX-5 has many adjustments. "Bose has created an optional sound system that adjusts equalization"—it changes according to whether the top is up or down, allowing the driver and passenger to hear the best-quality sound in either environment.
Standard features cover most of the bases but don’t include any surprises. Power windows, power mirrors, a CD player, and tilt steering are all on the standard-equipment list. Optional features include the six-speed automatic, Sirius Satellite Radio, steering-wheel audio controls, and a sport suspension.
Basics-minded sports car enthusiasts will be happy with the keep-it-simple attitude of the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but some buyers will find some expected tech features like Bluetooth sorely missing.