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$22,188
BASE MSRP
$23,470
On Quality
Despite its small size, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 is surprisingly comfortable and practical.
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[soft top] can be lifted or stowed from the driver's seat by operating a single latch and using one's arm to sweep the roof forward or back
Road & Track

the trunk size is limited; however, it can accommodate two weekend bags for a quick getaway
MSN Autos

Taller drivers said they didn't fit
Consumer Reports

The Miata doesn't offer very good noise isolation, however, and that's partly why it always feels like you're going faster than you really are.
Cars.com

Ride comfort is appropriately firm with the base suspension, but not uncomfortable.
Consumer Guide

Given the MX-5 Miata's exterior dimensions, you might expect the interior to be tiny, and you wouldn't be wrong, but you wouldn't be entirely correct, either. The MX-5 uses its interior volume with surprising efficiency, allowing even drivers over six feet in height to comfortable drive or ride in comfort.

With the top up, headroom can be at a premium, but with the top down, the sky is literally the limit. The seats are well-contoured, supportive, and bolstered for sporty driving, though the optional leather seats can be a bit slippery in vigorous maneuvers.

Storage space is more abundant than you might expect, too. Glove box space is fair, if not voluminous; there's a center console cubby that doubles as a dual drink holder; two more cupholders can be found in either door; a larger center cubby between the seats can be locked for secure storage; and two larger cubbies behind each seat complete in-cabin storage.

The trunk is also quite roomy, though it's essentially a top-loader, limiting the size of hard items that will fit within. Soft items, such as bags, fit easily, however, enabling a weekend trip for two with ample space.

Operating the standard soft-top is a cinch, easily raised or lowered even from within the car. Flip the latch, drop it back, reverse to put it back up. The power hard top is even easier, with a 12-second open/close time, and it stows between the rear bulkhead at the trunk, preserving 5.3 cubic feet of trunk space--easily enough for a pair of overnight bags.

The soft-top isn't as well-insulated as some, letting in a fair amount of road and wind noise. The power hard top is well-insulated, however, and secure as well.

Conclusion

Despite its small size, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 is surprisingly comfortable and practical.

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