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STYLING | 8 out of 10
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resembles a lightweight power lifter
The Mazda Miata gets generally favorable reviews from a wide range of sources for its classic roadster styling. Yes, it’s a little conservative and maybe a little on the soft side, but few people can deny that it’s about the purest sports car design there is.
The 2010 Miata is available in two models: a soft-top roadster and a Power Retractable Hard Top model. The hardtop edition is good-looking too; Car and Driver says, “raised, the body-color bubble looks stubbier than the soft-top but is still attractive.”
Reviewers tend to mull over the idea that the Miata rides a sort of middle ground between aggressive, soft, and accessible. The New York Times says, “It doesn’t have side pipes or a hood scoop or a name that conjures images of bloodlust and rage.” In fact, Car and Driver calls it a “cutie pie,” though Edmunds returns some dignity when it reports that the Miata has “more aggressive styling, without bumping up the price or diluting its perky personality.”
Jalopnik says it "resembles a lightweight power lifter" and describes it as follows: "flared wheel arches rising out of the hood and the trunk, aggressive swells around the headlights and dual pipes poking out of a chiseled, muscular derriere." Cars.com points out that this version of the Miata “retains the fixed headlights but returns somewhat to the original shape, with fewer curves—except for the accentuated wheel arches that recall the Mazda RX-8.”
Inside the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s cabin, the seat shape is refined for better comfort and lateral support. The center console has more flexible storage, and a padded armrest provides better comfort. “The interior is highlighted with chrome and silver accents, and the driver faces a three-spoke tilt steering wheel,” Cars.com notes of its test car.
The New York Times criticizes the $515 interior trim package, which “consists of a few bits of ‘aluminum look’ trim on the door panels and dashboard. Mind you, this isn’t aluminum trim—it’s plastic. For that price, on a per-ounce basis, I’d think you could trim your doors and dash in anything from titanium to sashimi-grade tuna belly.”
Neat and not too aggressive, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is hard to fault for carrying on the classic roadster look in near perfect proportions.