2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Arms Fit Fine
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on April 26, 2016
I like both Ron Montoya and Mark Takahashi. Unfortunately, they have wantonly deceived us all through perspective-based trickery! :::gasp:::
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