2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Bad Place to Put a Knob
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 25, 2015
As I noted in my first post, I love the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata for it's fun-loving nature. But perfect it is not. Case in point: that infotainment controller.
In my brief commute home, I unintentionally bumped that controller knob three times, causing the audio source to switch or skip. And no, I wasn't wearing the jacket that appears to have been lifted off a hobo.
The placement of that controller is a big misstep. It wouldn't be a problem if it moved a little to the right, but that's where the parking brake lever is. If Mazda used an electric parking brake instead, that would probably fix the problem, but then we couldn't do those sweet handbrake turns. I mean, ummmm, it would probably hike the price past its affordable position.
Dropping the controller into a deeper recessed pocket would be a smarter move if there's room. Or maybe raise the armrest a bit.
Is it a dealbreaker? No. I'm still smiling everywhere I go.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 800 miles