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2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.


Interior: 6.5

Reviewers like the 2013 Mazda Miata’s functional dash layout and attractive interior materials, 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. Club models include a plastic dashboard panel whose color mimics that of the exterior. It lends a bit of extra sportiness. Grand Tourings include dressy leather trim." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The interior materials are well above what we'd expect at this price, with Grand Touring models outfitted with heated leather seats, Bose audio and automatic climate control." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2011)
  • "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 (2011)


The Miata has two seats. Reviewers say that larger people may find its cabin is too snug. They note that hip room is limited, and that those taller than 6 feet may need more headroom to be comfortable. One test driver writes that the Subaru BRZ has an airier cabin with more headroom, while another notes that rearward visibility could be better with the top up. The base Miata comes with cloth upholstery and a manually adjustable driver’s seat. Upgraded fabric with contrast stitching or leather-trimmed, heated seats are available on higher trims.

  • "Raising either top creates blind spots that hinder lane changes." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "If you're over 6-feet tall or need a bit more hip room in your daily driver, the Miata's tight seats and limited headroom (top up) are going to prove problematic." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The MX-5 Miata is small, but the two-seat configuration provides more driver space than expected." -- Cars.com 
  • "On the inside, the Subaru is much roomier. The BRZ has more headroom and comes with supportive STI-like seats and a nice fat steering wheel unmarred by stereo controls. The Miata is more like a snug-fitting T-shirt." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Options and features available on higher trims include automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, push-button start, satellite radio and a Bose stereo.

Auto critics are satisfied with the Miata's driver-focused control layout and clear, legible gauges. One reviewer also praises the available retractable hardtop, noting that it adds a dose of practicality and operates quickly. However, another critic writes that the Miata’s stereo system falls short of his expectations.

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  • "The controls are within easy reach for both the driver and passenger. The gauges are clearly marked and easy to read." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "This particular tester is equipped with the power-retractable hardtop, which is a good piece. Operation is quick and does add some additional insulation from sound and the elements for added practicality." -- AutoWeek (2011)
  • "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 (2011)


The 2013 Miata has 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than most affordable sports cars offer. Some reviewers find the trunk useful for a weekend's worth of luggage, but most agree that you’ll have to pack light. For more trunk space, check out the Ford Mustang convertible, which has 9.6 cubic feet of room for cargo.

  • "With careful packing, the trunk can accommodate a weekend's worth of soft luggage for two. There is little in-cabin storage space, however." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Amazingly, the Miata's trunk is big enough to fit a large overnight bag or a few days' worth of groceries." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "If you need to haul a lot of stuff in your Miata, forget it. The Mazda has no storage space behind the rear seats and a 5.3-cubic-foot trunk that cannot accommodate a large suitcase." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)
  • "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 (2011)

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