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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.


Interior: 6.8

Reviewers are satisfied 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


Critics report that the Miata's seats are moderately comfortable, but find its two-passenger cabin too snug for large passengers. For increased passenger room, check out the 2009 Nissan 370Z. It's still not ideal for heavy-set passengers, but is one of the roomiest two-passenger convertibles in the class of affordable sports cars.

  • "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
  • "Occupants above 6 feet in height may fit with the help of the new manual height adjustment, but the taller you are the more claustrophobic you'll feel and the poorer your sightlines will be." -- Cars.com.
  • "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

Reviewers applaud the Miata's driver-oriented controls and wide array of standard convenience features.

  • "Inside the cabin, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is almost unchanged except for a newly fitted auxiliary socket for your iPod, softer leatherlike trim surfaces and a fuel-economy gauge located between the tach and speedo. And for lanky 6-foot-3 drivers like yours truly, there's a new cupholder within the door pocket that doesn't foul your knees." -- Edmunds
  • "The controls are well-placed. The gauges are clearly marked and easy to read." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 2010 Miata provides 5.3 cubic feet of cargo room -- a slight increase from the previous generation's 5.1 cubic feet, but still one of the lowest in its class. Reviewers find it useful for a weekend's worth of luggage, but not much else. Moreover, 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

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