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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2018 Mazda Miata's contemporary cabin has plenty of soft-touch surfaces, and the driver has easy access to most controls. Taller occupants may feel cramped in the small cabin, however, and trunk room is scarce.

  • Miata's interior is well-crafted with a pleasing and relatively ergonomic design. But a small car like this comes with the typical drawbacks, such [as] limited cabin space for bigger-than-average people." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 Mazda MX-5 roadster has a simple, straightforward and modern interior." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • Inside, however, it's friendly. The seats are good to great, despite some weird neoprene material choices in the inserts. 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 Miata has comfortable, supportive cloth seats. Leather upholstery and heated seats are optional. Though the Miata sits low to the ground, it's relatively easy for most people to get in and out of it. However, it doesn't have much interior space once you get in. On the plus side, it's easy to access the manual-folding soft top from the driver's seat. A power-retractable hardtop comes with Miata RF models.

  • The average-size adult will have no problem slipping in and out. Taller drivers will have to curl themselves through the opening if the top is up. Short doors aid access in tight parking spots." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 Miata has a user-friendly infotainment system with easy-to-use controls and knobs. For 2018, a larger 7-inch touch screen and HD Radio come standard. Other standard equipment includes a manual-folding soft top, push-button start, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and advanced keyless entry. Available features include a power-retractable hardtop, additional USB ports, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, navigation, automatic climate control, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

  • Mazda's infotainment system is easy to navigate and use. But even with the nine-speaker Bose stereo upgrade, the sound quality is only middling and is easily overwhelmed by wind and road noise." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "All of the radio, HVAC, and infotainment controls are logically organized and easily accessible from the driver's seat." -- Autoblog (2016)

Cargo

The MX-5 Miata has 4.59 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average for the class. There are a few extra storage compartments, but they're too small to be of much use. Additionally, the cup holders sit too far back, which makes them difficult to access.

  • "A significant drawback. The Miata's 4.6-cubic-foot trunk is comically small, and there's no glovebox. The bins behind the seats are small, and the other pockets are tiny. The removable cupholders can obstruct shifting." -- 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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