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Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior

According to automotive journalists, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata's cabin is small and has limited trunk space. Critics comment that there aren’t a lot of available features, but they say the controls are straightforward. Most are pleased with the quality of the cabin materials. They add that the Miata's seating is tight, but comfortable and supportive for all but the tallest of occupants.

  • "Of course, when you get a small two-seat roadster, practicality suffers, and that's the Miata's biggest drawback. If you're tall, getting comfortable inside could be a struggle. Long vacations may be difficult, too, as the trunk is laughably small and you'll have a hard time fitting anything more than a few small bags. Don't expect too many creature comforts on the inside, either." -- Edmunds
  • "The materials are of good quality and show a commendable level of fit and finish, and available features include leather seating, a Bose audio system and even automatic climate control." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "If anything, I'd want the interior more stripped down, not less. Okay, maybe there's some material that would be better than the plastic, like some '60s era metal, or a more interesting and solid-feeling plastic (but not wood, that would feel like it was trying too hard). But overall, it's good." -- Jalopnik (2014)
  • "Hard plastic surfaces dominate the cockpit, but don't look cheap. Club models include a plastic dashboard panel whose color mimics that of the exterior. It lends a bit of extra sportiness. Grand Tourings include dressy leather trim." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The two-seat Miata is available with leather upholstery and heated seats. Test drivers agree that the 2015 Miata's cabin and the seats themselves are cramped. Some report that the seats are hard and a bit uncomfortable, but most agree that the seats are supportive and comfortable for the majority of people.

  • "Average-sized drivers will find the 2015 Mazda Miata's cockpit on the snug side, but still very comfortable. Taller drivers will likely run out of legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The Miata's cockpit offers seating for two and just a modicum of storage space. Optimists will refer to it as snug, but there's no denying that it can be tight for larger occupants. But those who fit - and even the taller among us can - will be rewarded with supportive seats eager to embrace you as memories are made." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "My biggest complaint with ride quality had more to do with the seats than anything else - they're hard, narrow, and not terribly comfortable." -- Jalopnik (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 Mazda Miata comes standard with a folding soft top, and a power-retractable hardtop is optional. An auxiliary input jack is standard, and optional features include a seven-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, automatic climate control and cruise control.

According to test drivers, the manually operated cloth top is easy to lower, though some point out that it isn't easy to raise while seated in the cabin. They add that the controls for the climate and audio systems are straightforward. However, some critics point out that the Miata is pretty sparsely equipped, as it lacks features like a USB port and voice command for cell phone functions that are offered on many other cars.

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  • "Those who choose the manual convertible top will appreciate its ease of use; all it takes is the push of a button and the tug of a lever to liberate the lightweight top from its moorings. It takes just a few seconds to lower the top, and raising it is just as quick and easy." -- Edmunds
  • "Dials and buttons for audio and climate functions are easy to see, reach and use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And here's where our friend really starts to show his age. Compared to modern cars, with their iDrive-like controls, slick touch screens, cell phone integration, USB ports and voice control, the Miata feels like it's from the stone age. Here, you get lots of hard plastic, a radio (that boasts its MP3 and WMA compatibility on the faceplate, in case you're still burning CDs with WMAs on them), air conditioning, gauges, buttons for that control the top, and... that's about it." -- Jalopnik (2014)
  • "The soft top lowers easily, but can be awkward to raise while seated. The hard top lowers at the touch of a single button." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

With either the soft or hard top, the Miata has 5.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is fairly limited, even for a sports car. Although some test drivers find that there is enough space for grocery bags, most note that the trunk doesn't have enough space for much luggage.

  • "The Miata's tiny trunk can barely fit an overnight bag, and there isn't much elbow or hip room." -- AutoTrader
  • "At 5.3 cubic feet, trunk space is also at a premium, but large enough to hold several bags of groceries." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Convertibles are notoriously short on trunk space, and the Miata is no exception. With just 5.3 cubic feet of total trunk space available for either hard- or soft top models, there's barely room for a light traveler's luggage and it takes some effort to get golf bags to fit ? if they fit at all." -- Edmunds
  • "With careful packing, the trunk can accommodate a weekend's worth of soft luggage for two. There is little in-cabin storage space, however." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 8/11/14

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