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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/5/2014 Karla Sanchez

Mazda celebrated the MX-5 Miata’s 25th anniversary in a big way this week by revealing the redesigned roadster at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, giving us a full look at the fourth-generation roadster that's not only lighter and more efficient, but also very different in appearance. The roadster has been a fan favorite for several years, but will this new design speak to the car's heritage while still keeping things new? We examine the Miata a little closer below to see how it differs from its predecessor.

From the front, the new MX-5 Miata doesn't look nearly as friendly as the current model. The huge smiling front grille that the outgoing roadster sported has been toned down to look like more of a smirk, highlighted by angry-eye-like headlights that have been slanted inward and slimmed down. While those changes make for a more aggressive Miata, the car's lower and wider proportions help give it a more aggressive stance. The front fenders also look slightly different since they've been stretched back to give the roadster a more cab-rearward look.

The profile view reveals the outgoing car's flat hood has been replaced with a curvaceous one that flows into the fenders and across the roadster's doors. The hood flows all the way back and recedes into the rear end, giving the MX-5 Miata a similar shape to that of the sexy Jaguar F-Type. In the back, small and circular taillights give the roadster a completely new look. Located far apart from one another, the taillights are significantly different from the large, ovular and closely spaced taillights on the old model. With the new design, the Miata's rear looks wider and more well-proportioned.

Inside, the 2016 MX-5 Miata looks much like the Mazda3 with a display screen mounted high on the center stack. Although it looks more modern, the Miata's interior isn't a radical departure from the old model's interior. The instrument cluster stays old school with a newer version of the three-binnacle design used by the outgoing Miata. Will the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata keep enthusiasts smiling, or did the redesign make it lose some of its charm? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week, we asked for readers' thoughts on the 2016 Volvo XC90, and it appeared as though most everyone was onboard with Volvo's new design language since the majority of readers agreed the new XC90 was a major improvement.

"It looks to be a truly revolutionary vehicle for its class, and worth the wait," said carenthusiast13.

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata

Can't Drive 65 agreed, saying "I think the new model looks great. The interior is clean and elegant, and the exterior is much better than the outgoing model, particularly the front."

"I really like the upright posture and squared-off lines. The proportions are right, and the stance is fantastic," said The NABG.

Of course, there always has to be someone that goes against the crowd, and that was Nick28, who said, "The exterior was a HUGE letdown. It looks just like the old one."

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