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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata has an upscale and modern interior design. Despite the car's small size, Mazda made smart choices that make it pleasant to be in without feeling cramped. The materials are mostly high quality, and there are nice styling details throughout.

  • "The 2017 Mazda MX-5 roadster has a simple, straightforward and modern interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "No doubt, this is a small cabin, but Mazda's attention to detail inside has made the most of it. A lot of clever touches make it surprisingly livable." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2016)

Seating

The two-seat 2017 Mazda Miata has standard cloth upholstery. Leather-upholstery and heated seats are available. The MX-5's seats are comfortable and supportive but not so stiff that it's difficult to shuffle about and reach the folding roof. The seats, steering wheel, pedals, and shifter are well-placed to give you an excellent driving position. Most drivers should be able to fit in the Miata, thanks to the low-mounted seats. Even though the seats are low, you'll still have a good view out the front. However, because the car as a whole is so low to the ground, your head will be about the same level as the door handles on most sedans.

  • "Mazda says it literally designed the car around the driver, and the MX-5 offers excellent steering-wheel, pedal and shifter placement, though we wish the steering wheel telescoped in addition to tilting. Despite the small size, it's surprisingly accommodating for tall drivers, offering good headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 MX-5 Miata comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a manual-folding convertible soft top. Optional features include the Mazda Connect infotainment system, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. A power-folding hard top is new for 2017 in the MX-5 Miata RF (retractable fastback). 

The Miata's interior systems are user-friendly, with easy-to-adjust and intuitively arranged controls for climate and radio settings. The optional infotainment system's screen is mounted high on the dash, making it easy to read. You operate the system using a console-mounted knob. Though the knob is simple to use and makes sorting through menus a breeze, it's mounted in an awkward place. The standard soft top is easy to open and close with one hand, and can be done while sitting in the cabin.

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  • "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 (2016)
  • 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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

There's only 4.59 cubic feet of cargo space in the Miata's trunk. That's low for the class, and almost every competitor has a few more cubic feet of room for your stuff. Storage for small items inside the cabin isn't much better. There are no door bins nor a glove box to stow things in, and the cup holders are awkwardly placed and hard to reach. There is a small compartment between the driver and passenger seatbacks in lieu of a traditional glove box.

  • "A tiny trunk, no backseat and limited cabin space mean that this isn't the best if you need to haul larger items." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

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