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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.


Interior: 6.6

Reviewers say the 2014 Mazda Miata’s interior is simple and well-constructed. Materials are mostly plastic, they say, but this doesn’t detract from the overall look, which is attractive. Seating is predictably tight and head- and legroom are at a premium, test drivers say, with a few adding that the seats are aggressively bolstered but narrow and not very comfortable. While some reviewers note that the Miata’s interior is basic, they also point out that there’s something charming about the Miata’s uncluttered cabin and say the controls are easy to find and straightforward to use.

  • "The materials are of good quality and show a commendable level of fit and finish, and available features include leather seating, a Bose audio system and even automatic climate control." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “If anything, I'd want the interior more stripped down, not less. Okay, maybe there's some material that would be better than the plastic, like some '60s era metal, or a more interesting and solid-feeling plastic (but not wood, that would feel like it was trying too hard). But overall, it's good." -- Jalopnik
  • "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 (2013)
  • "The interior itself is rather basic in terms of design and materials with legible gauges and controls that are user-friendly and well-placed." -- Edmunds (2013)


The 2014 Mazda Miata seats two and comes with cloth seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Heated seats, leather-trimmed seats and a leather-wrapped shift knob are available. Reviewers say that passengers are likely to find the cabin snug. Test drivers report that the seats are narrow and not particularly comfortable, though they say they’re appropriately supportive for spirited driving. Head- and legroom are lacking for tall people, test drivers say, and shorter folks may not be able to see over the dashboard, which is set high.

  • "The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata's interior is admittedly on the snug side, but it's not a big car. And, for those who can fit, the resultant ride is always fun and always memorable. The seats might be tight for some but are appropriately supportive for enthusiastic driving.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "My biggest complaint with ride quality had more to do with the seats than anything else - they're hard, narrow, and not terribly comfortable. But if you want comfort, get a Toyota Avalon or something." -- Jalopnik
  • "Those over 6-feet tall will likely want more legroom and top-up head clearance. Those under 5-feet-6 may have trouble seeing over the high dashboard." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Average-sized drivers will find the 2013 Mazda Miata's cockpit on the snug side, but still very comfortable. Taller drivers will likely run out of legroom, though." -- Edmunds (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with a six-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary input, power windows and a security system with an engine immobilizer. Options and features available on higher trims include automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, power door locks, remote keyless entry, push-button start, satellite radio and a Bose audio system.

Test drivers like the simplicity of the Miata’s cabin, saying that the dashboard controls and gauges are well-labeled, intuitive to use and don’t distract from the road. Auto writers report that raising and lowering the convertible soft top requires little effort and operating the push-button retractable hardtop is a breeze.

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  • “The interior is simple, effective, easy to figure out, and never distracts you from driving, and that's the entire point of the Miata. Sure it's dated, but it's what you want in a car like this." -- Jalopnik
  • "Those who choose the manual convertible top will appreciate its simplicity; all it takes is the push of a button and the tug of a lever to liberate the lightweight top from its moorings. It takes just a few seconds to lower the top, and raising it is just as quick and easy." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The controls are within easy reach for both the driver and passenger. The gauges are clearly marked and easy to read." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The hardtop looks sharp, purists be damned, and pulling the switch and pushing a button is a snap." -- AutoWeek (2011)


The 2014 Miata has 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than what most affordable sports cars offer. While reviewers agree the Miata has a small cargo hold, they say there’s enough room to pack for a weekend getaway. One reviewer points out that the power-retractable hardtop doesn’t infringe on the cargo space. Several test drivers say there’s not a lot of interior storage and the glovebox is small.

  • "Somewhat surprisingly, the trunk offers decent space for a reasonable amount of luggage or a few grocery bags.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
  • "Convertibles are notoriously short on trunk space, and the Miata is no exception, but to its credit, the PRHT [power-retractable hardtop] doesn't require any additional sacrifice. With just 5.3 cubic feet of total trunk space available for either hard- or soft top models, there's barely room for a light traveler's luggage and it takes some effort to get golf bags to fit ? if they fit at all.” -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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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