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2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.


Interior: 6.5

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
  • "As always, this Miata features simple, legible gauges along with well-placed, user-friendly controls." -- Edmunds
  • "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


Critics find the Miata's seats moderately comfortable, but say its two-passenger cabin is too snug for large passengers. For increased passenger room, check out the Nissan 370Z. It's still not ideal for heavy-set passengers, but is the roomiest two-passenger convertible in the class.

  • "Those over 6-feet tall may want more legroom and top-up head clearance. Those under 5-feet-6 may have trouble seeing over the high dashboard. The seats support well in turns, but seem thin on padding. " -- Consumer Guide
  • "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.

Interior Features

Auto critics are satisfied with the Miata's driver-focused control layout and wide array of standard convenience features. However, its stereo system receives mixed reviews.

  • "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
  • "Points are…deducted for the disappointing top-down stereo performance. Even the upgraded Bose system suffers from poorly aimed speakers that fail to envelop the occupants." -- Edmunds
  • "Better still, it's tough to break the $30,000 barrier no matter how you equip the thing." -- Car and Driver


The 2011 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. Some 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.

  • "One of the biggest drawbacks for small convertibles is a lack of trunk space, and the Miata is no exception. The 5.3 cubic feet of trunk space is barely enough for a weekend getaway and golf bags take quite a bit of wrestling to stow -- if they fit at all. " -- Edmunds
  • "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 hard top 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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