Promotes Poor Posture - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Promotes Poor Posture

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on December 9, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a heckuva fun little thing to drive around on the right road.

It's those times when you're not on a fun road that you realize that this thing doesn't really put you in a very good seating position.

Like Mark said, it doesn't have a telescoping steering wheel. This is a silly omission. If I just stopped grabbing fistfuls of candy out of the bucket here at work, I'd lose more weight than the telescoping column would add. Dumb. Add it.

Beyond that, this thing makes some other mistakes that make this thing hard to live with once the shine of awesome dynamics wears off.

There's either no headroom or 50 trillion miles of headroom. And the bars that support the top don't feel good thunking on your skull. The seat is too high. No up-down adjustments. Not only would this fix the headroom issue, but I'd feel a little less like I was riding the Miata.

Adding the first two complaints gets us here. If I don't want to hit my head and I want to see out the windshield the way I want, I need to recline the seat more than I like. Thankfully I'm not Riswick-tall so I have some room, but barely. Even then, I end up leaning right a little.

Once I've reclined enough so that I can see and don't hit the roof, I can't really reach the steering wheel the way I want to. So now I'm leaning back, slightly off-center with Frankenstein arms.

To fix this, I'd recommend a telescoping steering wheel and a seat with up-down adjustment. And while we're adding a new seat, some more lateral bolsters would be cool, too...

...and since I'm rambling, here's some bonus content that's not worth a whole blog post. Since we're talking about space, I do feel the need to mention that the stereo control knob is not in the wrong space. I've got hundreds and hundreds of miles in this thing and I've never accidentally hit it.

Maybe those guys have narrow shoulders. Or they're grabbing the shifter by the boot instead of the knob.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor

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