Will a Cartful of Groceries Fit? - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Will a Cartful of Groceries Fit?

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 1, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

We haven't been kind in describing the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's cargo capacity. As Editor Frio noted a while back, one of our Cons in this year's review is "limited cargo space inside the tiny trunk," and we go on to explain that the "trunk is rather pathetic...measuring just 4.6 cubic feet. That's small even by roadster standards."

Indeed, while the drop-top Alfa Romeo 4C (3.7 cubes) and Nissan 370Z (4.2) are stingier still, there are a number of compact convertibles that offer more, including the Porsche Boxster (9.9 cubes between the trunk and the frunk) and the Mercedes-Benz SLK (an impressive 10.1).

But what does that mean in the real world? For example, can this relatively minuscule trunk swallow a legitimate cartful of groceries? If I were a betting man, I would have put it all on "nope."

I found myself at Ralph's the other night with a chance to test that hunch.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Whoa! Looky there. I didn't get an exact count, but I'd say there were about eight bags in that cart, plus a 12-pack of Firestone's finest. I had to rearrange a few items, but it all fit. Zero spillover into the cabin.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

That's a full week's worth of groceries for two people, with the space-consuming box of beer underneath.

Now, golfers and large-suitcase lovers still need not apply, unless they don't mind using the passenger compartment for storage. But in case you're wondering if the Miata's up for a serious grocery run, there's your answer. It sure is.

Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 9,903 miles

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