2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Styling

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Unchanged for 2012, the Mazda MX-5 Miata carries on with its 2009 redesign and 2010 updates, but most will find that to be a good thing. The design is classic two-seat roadster, with clean, straightforward proportions, simple curves, and minimal bling.

One complaint some might have with the 2012 MX-5's look is the rather smiley grille opening, but if you don't dwell on it in a vacuum, it actually fits the MX-5's look. Gently flared fenders, smooth surfaces, and a lightly contoured hood are the primary cues.

The Power Retractable Hard Top model adds a different take to the MX-5's look, essentially turning it into a coupe with the top up, but retaining the classic roadster look with it down. A separate detachable hard top is available for the soft-top models.

Neither cartoonish nor excessively bloated, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 holds true to its roots despite two generations and 22 years since its introduction.

Inside, the MX-5 Miata continues to be somewhat spartan in base trim, with cloth seats and simple black plastic surfaces. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped in all but the entry-level model.

Climbing the trim range, however, can add heated leather seats, more chrome trim, and other aesthetic nods to greater prosperity--though some may view these changes as moving away from the minimalist sports car spirit of the MX-5.

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