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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.


Interior: 6.4

Reviewers like the 2012 Mazda Miata’s functional dash layout and supportive seats, but say that its small dimensions mean that trunk and passenger space are in short supply. Wind noise is also an issue according to some test drivers, who say that even the optional hardtop does little to quiet the Miata’s ride.

  • "Hard plastic surfaces dominate the cockpit, but don't look cheap. Grand Tourings include dressy leather trim." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Visually, the hardtop gives the Miata a buttoned-up look, but I was a little surprised that it didn't muffle out the wind noise better." -- AutoWeek 
  • "As always, this Miata features simple, legible gauges along with well-placed, user-friendly controls." -- Edmunds  
  • "While its dimensions remain small, the end result is a passenger compartment more personal than confining. The Miata's beauty is in its balance - enough room to be a daily commuter, and enough stowage to enjoy the occasional weekend furlough, but never so much that you and your passenger are isolated from your immediate environment." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "You always hear the four-cylinder engine, and there's a lot of wind noise at highway speeds - even when the retractable hardtop is up. It's much louder than you'd think a metal-roof roadster would be." -- Cars.com 


The Miata features two supportive seats, but reviewers say its cabin is too snug for large passengers. If you need some additional headroom and shoulder room, check out the Ford Mustang.

  • "The seats support well in turns, but seem thin on padding." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Everything falls perfectly into place for my five-foot-10-inch frame--clutch, steering wheel, shifter at exactly the locations needed to actuate each as needed without any extra reach needed and without feeling in any way encumbered." -- AutoWeek 
  • "You'll get the feeling that you're wearing the car, rather than sitting in it. The fit is snug for average-sized adults, but not cramped. Taller drivers, however, have found that the seat runs out of rearward travel, although there's loads more room than in previous-generation Miatas." -- Edmunds 
  • "With the top up, I had a little headroom to spare, but one editor said his hair was constantly brushing against it. There's also a large hump in the passenger footwell, which will be in the way for some people." -- 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 
  • "This is a little thing, but I appreciate the door-panel bottle/cupholders as a secure place to put your onboard liquids without compromising the forearm/elbow room aft of the shifter." -- AutoWeek 
  • "Points are also 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


The 2012 Miata provides 5.3 cubic feet of cargo room, which is less than most affordable sports cars. 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. For more cargo room, check out the Ford Mustang convertible, which provides 9.6 cubic feet of trunk space.

  • "MX-5's small trunk requires careful packing. Compared with the soft top, the retractable hard top consumes no additional trunk space when stowed." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "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 remains a diminutive two-seater, providing comfortable accommodation for two adults of average size in combination with two briefs of average size. To its credit, the accommodation is much better than that offered by its one-time competitor, the Pontiac Solstice. But that will be little consolation when you're trying to get your new living room from Ikea back to the casa." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "As you might expect, the interior is short on storage. There's a modestly sized glove box, a lockable storage bin between the seats and small mesh door pockets." -- Cars.com 

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