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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Temperature Indicator Barely Moves

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on July 27, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I'm used to temperature needles staying on the low side of the gauge so as not to freak drivers out. But I've never seen a fully warm reading as low as the one in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

It's something that's puzzled me about this car since the first time I drove it. I keep waiting for the indicator to creep up and settle somewhere around, say, the third hash mark between 210 and 230, because that would be a more familiar "fully warm" orientation. But for some reason, Mazda decided to cram the entire normal operating range into the gauge's first segment, which by the way is the smallest of the bunch.

Not that it really matters on a modern car — a lot of cars these days don't even have temperature gauges — but I still find it curious. Why would Mazda do this? Anyone got a theory?

Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 11,363 miles

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