2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Bad Seats Are Getting Worse
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 25, 2016
I like our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata quite a bit. I've probably had more seat time than anyone else in the office. I've taken it on a couple road trips and the occasional commute, putting several thousand miles on the odometer in the process. With all that time in the driver seat, I think I'm qualified enough to say that the seats in the Miata suck. More than that, I think they're getting worse.
Almost everything about these seats feels wrong to me. It bothers me because Mazda obviously took their time with this car, but the seats feel like an afterthought. I don't know if they're compromised based on weight or the Miata's size, but they feel like an old, cheap, worn-out couch.
The shape is lumpy and not very supportive. The side bolsters are small and don't hold you in your seat around corners. That boggles me considering the point of driving the Miata is to quickly go around corners. The seat bottom is flat and starting to sink. I'm worried what it's going to be like with another 10,000 miles.
This weird, lumpy seat is draped in a cheap feeling and slick looking black fabric. If you look at the photo, it looks like it's already starting to show some discoloration and wear. Up close, the red stitching looks pink in certain places.
As much as I like our Miata, these seats would honestly keep me from buying it. My back and legs start to ache after even short stints in the car. I seem to forget every time I get out, leading me to once again grab the keys. Next time I'll just take the Viper. It may be a little more difficult to get in and out of, but at least those Sabelt buckets fit me well.
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 9,864 miles