Arms Fit Fine - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Arms Fit Fine

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on April 26, 2016

 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I like both Ron Montoya and Mark Takahashi. Unfortunately, they have wantonly deceived us all through perspective-based trickery! :::gasp:::

You remember the photo Ron posted of our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata (the one right there ^) and Mark's similar blog post? They complain that there's not enough room and that the knob is in the wrong spot.

They're wrong.

 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Compare my image to Ron's. See what he did? See what reality is like? In his image, it looks like your arm is constantly atop the control knob and Mark even complains that this is a thing. Says he's hit it accidentally. He must be wearing puffy shirts because, as you can see by my expert illustration, there's actually plenty of space.

Someone else can do the math for actual area, but this is a pretty spot-on right triangle formed by the shifter, armrest and my arm (the hypotenuse!). And when you're done with your hand on the shifter, Mazda gave you a convenient place to put it. Colloquially known as the "steering wheel," it's located shifter-adjacent and feels like it was made to be held.

So while I can knock the Miata all day for its infuriating lack of power, cramped cabin, lawn-chair seats and soulless sound, I've got no complaints with any of the ergonomics. Mazda's real good at knowing how cars work and how people work with them.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 8,938 miles

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