2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Clever Coolant Temp Gauge, But What About Oil?
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 10, 2016
From the simplicity of the roof to its swappable cup holder system, our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is full of clever and simple ideas. The coolant temperature gauge in the instrument cluster is no different.
When you start the car in the morning, the needle rests on the far left and a blue warning light illuminates, informing you the coolant is cold. Drive it a few miles and, after the coolant warms up, the light turns off. The needle though stays on the horizontal white line under 210.
Why? The gauge only shows the important temperature range. You only need to care about what it displays when you see the needle move from the left, which makes it easy to quickly reference when you're driving fast.
And yet it could be better. Ed Hellwig covered the instrument cluster's simple goodness, and I agree with his take on the aesthetic. I also remember fondly the real oil pressure gauge from the first-generation Miata and wish it and oil temperature were displayed here, too.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 4,235 miles