2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

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Interior: 7.5

The 2019 Mazda Miata looks good inside, and it uses a mix of soft-touch materials and hard plastics. The cabin isn't cavernous, but most people will have ample room, and the user-friendly infotainment system makes it easy to control this Mazda's tech functions. The trunk is tiny, though.

  • "The interior is also still attractive, and the controls are a breeze to use. The plastics are cheap and hard, but that's not something you'll be too worried about." -- Autoblog
  • "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 (2018)
  • "The 2017 Mazda MX-5 roadster has a simple, straightforward and modern interior." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

The two-seat Miata comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, Nappa leather upholstery, Recaro sport seats, and heated seats are available. There are no LATCH car seat connectors.

It's fairly easy to get in and out of the Miata, and the seats provide ample room even for taller-than-average drivers. Visibility is good, and the newly available telescoping steering wheel makes it easier to find a comfortable driving position than in previous models. However, the cupholders are inconveniently located at the back of the console, right where your elbow rests.

  • "The fourth-generation MX-5 Miata is already noteworthy for its excellent, ergonomic driving position, and the 2019 model marks the first appearance of a telescoping steering wheel. This new degree of adjustment makes the driver's seat an even more comfortable fit -- particularly for taller drivers. Of course, the more complex telescoping column comes with a weight penalty. The new assembly is 0.45 pounds heavier than before. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it must have killed Mazda's engineers -- this is an automaker that obsesses over shaving grams from wire harnesses. However, the new ability to better fine-tune the seating position for drivers of all sizes is worth it." -- CNET
  • "Off the racetrack, just driving around, how does it feel? Even taller drivers, such as myself, didn't feel claustrophobically entombed. Did Mazda somehow find an extra inch of headroom or seat pitch with the top up? No, it just feels that way. I'm 6-foot-1, and I never felt my head come near the ragtop (although my knees were widely splayed, and my tailbone was pinned into the base of the seat back). Similarly, with older Miatas, my sightline was frequently impeded by the top of the windshield frame, and I would have to scrunch down to see out. Not so this time." -- Motor Trend
  • "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 comes standard with the Mazda Connect infotainment, which features a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, keyless entry, and a rearview camera.

Options include navigation, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, low-speed automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The standard Miata has a manual-folding soft top, while RF models feature a power-retractable hardtop.

The well-organized center stack controls are within easy reach of the driver's seat. The infotainment system features an intuitive and responsive touch screen, but it still doesn't include connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those features are coming to other Mazda models in the near future, however, so they may be available in the Miata at some point.

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  • "Mazda's 7-inch Connect infotainment is mostly unchanged for 2019. It's still simple and effective, and still lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. (The technology has been confirmed as coming to Mazda Connect in the 2018 Mazda6 in December via a software update, but Mazda refuses to give a timeline for an update to the MX-5.) The sole revision is the CD player, which is no longer available on any model." -- CNET
  • "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 provides less trunk space than nearly all other cars. It gives you just 4.59 cubic feet of cargo space (4.48 cubic feet in the Miata RF). The few interior storage compartments that Miata has are also too small to be truly useful.

  • "…wherever your Miata road trip takes you, you'll have to pack light. The Miata's trunk can handle one airline-carry-on-sized suitcase, and maybe a medium duffel bag and a few odds and ends, but not much else." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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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