2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Touchscreen That's Not Always A Touchscreen
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 6, 2016
Mazda graciously gives you two ways to interact with the 2016 Miata's optional infotainment system: the 7-inch touchscreen, proudly perched atop the dash (not unlike that Samsung 70-inch 4K Ultra HD TV you just put in your living room) and the controller knob-and-button array located on the center console. Redundancy is good, right? There's just one problem. Only one of these methods works while you're driving.
When you're on the move, the touchscreen interface is disabled. The only way to operate the infotainment system is through the controller knob. This, as we've pointed out previously, is in a less-than-ideal location. Only when you come to a stop can you stab the screen with your finger to get what you want. It's unfortunate, as the Miata's intimate cabin puts the screen in a location that's super easy to reach and could very well be the preferred method of operation for a lot of drivers.
I'm also amused with the Miata's on-screen warning at startup: "WARNING! Distraction may cause accidents. Do not operate while driving. Always concentrate on driving and obey Traffic Regulations." That's a helpful tip. But why do I need a warning if you won't let me operate the thing while driving to begin with?
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,645 miles