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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The interior of the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata features contemporary styling, auto writers say, with appealing details like circular air vents. They report that the materials are a mix of hard and padded panels that are generally high-quality, though some reviewers wish Mazda had swapped the fake carbon fiber accents for plain black trim. Most critics think the dashboard controls are straightforward, as is the optional touch-screen infotainment system. The 2016 Miata's cabin is spacious enough for people under 6 and a half feet tall, according to most reviewers. The Mazda Miata's trunk is small for the class, and critics say cabin storage is limited.

  • "The new Mazda MX-5 roadster has a simple, straightforward and modern interior. It's similar to the new Mazda3, with an upright infotainment screen on the dash, push-button start on some models, and a surprising amount of soft-touch materials, considering last year's hard-plastic everything." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The faux-carbon accents in our car would be better, and quite nice, in plain piano black, but otherwise the dash treatment is very nice indeed, with good simple climate control dials sending controlled climate through-Yes!-familiar eyeball vents." -- Road and Track
  • "You have a slightly smaller wheel than the NC [previous-generation Miata], fewer controls on the dash thanks to the touchscreen and drive controller, and a tach front and center. It's a great place to be." -- Jalopnik
  • "There are some hard plastic elements, but they're high quality and/or color coordinated with the body." -- Edmunds

Seating

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata seats two and comes standard with cloth upholstery. The Grand Touring model has heated leather seats. Automotive journalists say the Mazda Miata's seats offer good support and comfort, and that people under 6 feet 6 inches tall should fit in the car. Critics note that the Miata's seats are mounted low, which allows for more headroom when the top is up, but means that the driver’s and passenger’s heads will be at about the same height as the door handles on a midsize sedan, compromising visibility.

  • "While anyone pushing six-and-a-half feet is still unlikely to fit in the car, a new seat design that's closer to the floor and reclines a bit more opens the Miata's fitment to larger people-and leaves the rest of us with more space to stretch out." -- Car and Driver
  • At 6-foot-1, I had just the right amount of leg room and head room to spare, what with the convertible top now slightly arched. … The sightlines over the Miata's aluminum bodywork have improved, but lowering the driver's ride height for a better center of gravity put my eyes level with the door handles on a Toyota Camry." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "Despite the small size, it's surprisingly accommodating for tall drivers, with a tilt steering wheel, and a convertible top that affords good headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats are comfortable and supportive, but aren't so strongly bolstered that the driver will struggle to turn around while operating the folding top." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Sport include a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, a USB port and a manual-folding convertible soft top. A power-folding top is not available. The Club trim adds a Mazda Connect infotainment system with a nine-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio and HD Radio. The Mazda Connect system is controlled with a 7-inch touch screen on top of the dash and a multi-function knob on the center console. The Grand Touring trim includes navigation, automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and lane departure warning.

Raising and lowering the manual convertible top is simple, critics say, and only takes a few seconds. Auto writers report that the Mazda Miata's climate controls are straightforward, and most test drivers say the available Mazda Connect infotainment system is user-friendly, noting that the high-mounted screen is easy to see. However, some think the infotainment system could be more straightforward and wish the touch screen was embedded farther in the dashboard. Others write that the placement of the central control knob makes it easy to press accidentally.

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  • "The traditionally nifty fabric top can still be operated with one hand and is secured by a single central latch-and incorporates one of those neat little touches that make scrappy underdog Mazda engineers extra-huggable. To make raising the top easier, a clever spring-loaded latch is employed; pressing down on the center of the collapsed top pops it up far enough that a single, natural forward motion, like throwing a football or signaling 'Let's go,' is all that's needed to close the roof." -- Road and Track
  • "That top, by the way, may be the best manual unit ever sold, a fabric-glass-aluminum jack-in-the-box that can go up and down in about 5 seconds using one hand, and folds in just the right way so to not need a separate cover." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "All of the radio, HVAC, and infotainment controls are logically organized and easily accessible from the driver's seat. The small touchscreen interface for the Mazda Connect system is nicely designed and easy to navigate, and the redundant buttons and main control knob on the center console feel premium and operate logically." -- Autoblog
  • On Club- and Grand Touring-trimmed Miatas, the large infotainment screen is placed perfectly atop the dash and can be read in a quick glance. The system's dial controller and intuitive menus make it one of the best in the industry, but the controller's placement just behind the shifter is not optimal. Drivers will need to rest their arm just off center to avoid unintentional button and dial taps." -- Edmunds
  • "We're also not quite sure Mazda has the radio system completely figured out. It's not the easiest in the world to use, and we'd love to see the screen either retract into the dash or be integrated in it." -- AutoWeek

Cargo

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has 4.59 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for the class. Some critics complain about the lack of storage in the Miata's cabin. The 2016 Miata lacks door bins and a glovebox, and some reviewers note that the Miata's cupholders are difficult to reach.

  • There's not a ton of cargo space -- obviously --though we did fit a string trimmer in the trunk after breaking it down into two pieces." -- AutoWeek
  • Yes, there is a trunk. No, it's not roomy. This is a tiny sports car that makes adequate use of its minimal space. Want more space? Buy a bigger car." -- Edmunds
  • "There's even a usefully sized trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's also a storage issue. There's no glovebox or door storage. There are some small cubbies scattered about the car, but for things like an EZ Pass or sunglasses, none of them are the right size. The cupholders are in a terribly awkward spot behind your elbow, which seems to be Mazda's way of telling you to not drink something in this car." -- Jalopnik

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