2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Will the Luggage Fit?
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 12, 2016
Will the luggage fit? To answer this question we loaded (our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata) with bags in different configurations and took photos. What constitutes carry-on luggage varies depending upon who you ask. So for the sake of standardization we used the same blue carry-on bag--size (21 x15x10 inches) and red checked bag--size (30x20x13 inches).
Take the jump for photos and more detail...
Access to the cargo area
This one is fairly straightforward. You shouldn't expect much from the Miata trunk. It fits the proportions of the rest of the car. Small. But the Mazda does its best to maximize the little space it has to offer.
As far as access goes, you'll need to lift your bags 32 inches to get them into the trunk. There is no cutout on the vertical edge of the car, so loading technically means lowering items in from the top. Fully opened, the lid is 52 inches from the ground.
Inside the trunk
One carry-on bag fits nicely into the trunk with little room to spare. Our standard checked bag will not fit in either direction. Overall dimensions of the space are roughly 21 inches deep by 28 inches wide at the wheel wells. The seats do not fold to increase cargo capacity. However, if you kick out your passenger and drop the top, almost anything is possible.
Find other cargo specs here.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 10,675 miles