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Neither cartoonish nor excessively bloated, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 holds true to its roots despite two generations and 22 years since its introduction.
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retractable hard top...gives the Miata a decidedly racecar-like roofline

Its low-slung, athletic shape is appealing, and its proportions are just right.

from most angles the hardtop helps reinforce the added musculature that designers have worked hard to incorporate into the Miata’s bulging fenders, which are far more evocative of a sports coupe than a prissy beach cruiser
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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.

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.


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

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