Too Small for a Carry-On? - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Too Small for a Carry-On?

December 13, 2010

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

OK, I know you guys really want to hear more about the new supercharger in our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata. But Project Miata editor JayKav will be doing another update on it soon so stay tuned.

In the meantime, the other day, I had to take my visiting sister to the airport. But before I picked her up, I asked her how big her luggage was since I was driving our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata. "I just have a carry-on," was the reply. But when I arrived and saw her fat carry-on, I was a little concerned.

See, we have a spare tire in our already tiny trunk. Would there be enough room back there for even this standard-size carry-on? As I stood there pondering this, my sister said, "If it can fit in the overhead compartment it can fit in there." She had a point so I gave it a shot.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Sure enough if we shoved it into the side of the trunk top first, it slots in nicely. We just had to lift the bottom up and slot it out again when we wanted to take it out.

On a side note, after some heavy rains, the trunk showed that it has a leak. There wasn't standing water a la Cruze but if you poked the lining, water seeped through. Suffice it to say it drenched a backpack I put in there. When I told Project Miata editor JayKav, he said this is nothing a hardtop can't fix. Nooooo!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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