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2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.


Interior: 6.8

Reviewers are pleased with the Miata's fit and finish and cabin features, but find its quarters too cramped for comfort.

  • "Hard plastic surfaces dominate the cockpit, but don't look cheap. Grand Tourings include dressy leather trim." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Overall, interior quality and appearance are way better than any past MX-5 Miata would have led you to expect. Fit and finish is tight and smooth." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Fit and finish are excellent, with easy-to-read instruments, steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and cruise control and a perfectly situated shift lever. The MX-5's center console could do with some padding, though, as we found our elbows starting to smart a bit during aggressive cornering." -- Kelley Blue Book


Auto writers, on balance, find the Miata's seats moderately comfortable, but find its cabin too snug to comfortably accommodate large passengers. The Miata provides seating for two.

  • "Seats are neither overly firm nor too plush, properly bolstered for the type of driving the Miata invites but with only acceptable thigh support. Be ready for noticeable lumbar, too, for which there's no adjustment. Nor is there a seat height adjustment." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Even though it's larger than previous generations, the current Miata's cockpit remains a snug fit. Still, it can be comfortable enough for two on a weekend getaway..." -- Edmunds
  • "Those over 6-ft tall may want more legroom and top-up head clearance. Those under 5-ft-6 may have trouble seeing over the high dashboard. Most occupants will complain of intrusion from the unpadded cupholder molded into front door panels." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Larger occupants may find the car's cabin claustrophobic, especially with the top up. People of average or smaller build will find it fits them like a custom-made suit. Getting in and out of such a low-slung car can be a challenge for the less flexible." -- Forbes
  • "If this is going to be your only mode of transport, you're not going to win many friends when it's your turn to drive the co-workers to lunch." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Auto critics appreciate the Miata's driver-oriented controls and wide array of standard convenience features. However, buyers should note that the SV base-trim is not available with air conditioning, cruise control, power door locks, keyless entry, as well as a number of other features. Though the Miata does not offer an in-dash navigation system, there are numerous portable options.

  • "All gauges are analog, with a large, round tachometer and matching speedometer straddling the steering column and shaded from all but trailing sunlight by an arched hood. Fuel level is reported in a small circle to the lower left, coolant temperature by one to the lower right, and oil pressure thank you very much by a matching triplet positioned top center between the tach and speedo. It's the kind of engine monitoring panel that sports car drivers love." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Nice touches include cell phone/iPod holder in the console, power plug low in the dash and that little compartment between seats to hold a few CDs or other trinkets." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "It's tough to get a good sound system in an affordable convertible, but Bose finally pulled it off. With crisp highs and a thumping bass, the Bose system can easily defeat the most deafening wind noise." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Better still, it's tough to break the $30,000 barrier no matter how you equip the thing." -- Car and Driver


The 2009 Miata provides 5.3 cubic feet of cargo room, a slight increase from the previous generation's 5.1 cubic feet. Reviewers find it useful for a weekend's worth of luggage, but not much else. What's more, some report that the Miata lacks adequate interior storage space.

  • "It has a trunk that provides room for a pair of soft duffels and is uncompromised by the position of the convertible top." -- Car and Driver
  • "The top slips into a small stowage hole behind the seats so it doesn't rob trunk luggage room. You can't carry bags for a month's vacation, but there's ample room for a long weekend." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "MX-5's small trunk requires careful packing. Compared with the soft top, the retractable hardtop consumes no additional trunk space when stowed. There is little in-cabin storage space, and using the secondary cupholders in the center console interferes with shifting." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The MX-5 has a small trunk and does not offer much in the way of interior storage space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though the trunk isn't large to begin with, it's volume is more than double those of the Solstice and Sky." -- Cars.com

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