2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: All the Gauges You Need
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on December 18, 2015
I'm not the least bit surprised that our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a nearly perfect set of gauges. When the sole mission of a car is driving enjoyment, you don't need to crowd the gauge cluster with extraneous extras.
Here you have the tachometer front and center, an easy-to-read speedometer and a multifunction binnacle on the left. All of them have crystal clear white-on-black markings that are readable at a glance and none of it overwhelms you with information. This is all the information I need during daily driving, so I wouldn't change a thing.
If I had to make an improvement, I might clean up the left side a little, but that's being picky. If anything, the temperature gauge should be applauded for having actual numbers. That's rare these days. I also like the fact that it has a simple button to reset the trip meter. No searching through menus to reset things here.
It's simple things like this that make the Miata so enjoyable. Even after all these years of tinkering with the formula, some things haven't changed much. And that's a good thing.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor