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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior


#2 out of 8 in Sports Cars

MSRP
$26,580
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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.2

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata has an upscale interior with many soft-touch materials, but there are also a few hard plastic surfaces. Seating space is adequate by sports car standards, though taller occupants may wish for more headroom and elbow room. The trunk is big enough for a few grocery bags, but not much else.

  • "Even though this generation Miata stresses weight-reduction and driving purposefulness, its cabin is the most ornate of any Miata to date. Body color panels accent the tops of the doors, and a strip of padded material crosses the dashboard in front of the passenger. Red stitching runs along the doors, across part of the dashboard, along the steering wheel rim, up the shifter boot and knob, and along the handbrake lever." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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)

Seating

The Mazda Miata has two seats, and they're both comfortable and supportive. The cabin provides decent head- and legroom for average-size adults, but its narrow width limits knee and elbow room. Cloth seats are standard. Leather seats, heated seats, and Recaro sport seats are available. The standard Miata has a manually operated soft top that is easy to fold, while the Miata RF has a power-folding hardtop.

  • "The cabin is a cozy fit for two adults and includes only the bare essentials. While some might categorize the interior as spare, glass-half-full types (us) appreciate the businesslike prioritization of the steering wheel, pedals, and shifter and the refreshingly basic accommodations. " -- Car and Driver
  • "Consider the Miata to be a piece of clothing; you wear it as much as you sit within it. While this Miata is the most accommodating one yet for larger drivers, there's no escaping the fact that the cabin is narrow. Tall drivers found that their right leg pushed up against the center dashboard, and their left knee can rub the door panel. Head room is just adequate for taller drivers. All of the tools you need for driving -- steering wheel, pedals, shifter -- are perfectly positioned. That said, a telescope steering wheel wouldn't hurt; the Miata still lacks this otherwise ubiquitous feature." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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 (2019)

Interior Features

The 2020 Miata comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, six speakers, HD Radio, and push-button start. This touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly, but it's easy to bump the control knob on the center console and inadvertently change the radio station or system settings.

This roadster also comes with basic features like air conditioning, power windows, keyless entry, and cruise control. The Miata is available with a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, and automatic climate control.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. Available safety features include adaptive pivoting headlights, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition.

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  • "The Miata boasts a touchscreen infotainment system that is made better by an easy-to-reach control knob and hard buttons on the center console." -- Car and Driver
  • "The screen is large and bright, but it sometimes gets washed out by the sun, and the touchscreen function only works when the car is still. Once in motion, you have to use the awkwardly placed controller to toggle through screens." -- Autotrader
  • "The placement of the console-mounted control knob for the infotainment system is right where you would rest your wrist when shifting -- resulting in accidental changes in radio stations or other settings." -- Consumer Reports

Cargo

The 2020 Miata has just 4.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below-average for the sports car class. The interior storage compartments are quite small as well.

  • "With few storage cubbies, not to mention a tiny trunk, the Miata barely acknowledges the need to bring along your personal effects." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Miata's trunk is tiny but that's not really news. It'll fit a carry-on piece of luggage with some room left over; your best bet is to stick with squishy duffle bags." -- Consumer Reports
  • "…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 (2019)
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