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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
[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
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the trunk size is limited; however, it can accommodate two weekend bags for a quick getaway
Taller drivers said they didn't fit
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.
Ride comfort is appropriately firm with the base suspension, but not uncomfortable.
Yes, the interior of the 2013 Mazda MX-5 is as snug and confined as you might expect from this small roadster. But what's a bit surprising is that the MX-5 uses its interior volume with surprising efficiency, allowing even drivers over six feet in height to comfortably fit.
Headroom can be tight with the top up, but top-down, it's very enjoyable in the front seat, even for those well over six feet tall. The seats are well-contoured, supportive, and bolstered for sporty driving, and there's plenty of space for long legs to extend ahead. Our only complaint has been with the optional leather seats, which are just a bit too slippery when you're carving around tight canyon roads.
For a roadster, there's a lot of storage space in the Miata; and in general, storage space is better than you might think. 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 shallowness of the trunk is essentially a limiting factor, making it a top-loader and limiting the number of things that will fit; there's plenty of space for weekend bags, though.
There's no reason to shy away from the standard soft top in the MX-5; it's a cinch to raise and lower, even from within the car. You simply flip the latch and drop it back--or reverse it to get the top back up.
The Power Retractable Hard Top models offer a well-designed, quick, and secure folding hardtop that weighs just 80 pounds more than the soft-top model, however, effectively allowing the owner to convert between roadster and coupe at will. The power hard top's only disadvantage is that it steals away with some of the trunk space (there's just 5.3 cubic feet, but it's still enough for some overnight bags if they're small). On the other hand, its 12-second raise/lower time make it the even easier, refined choice.
Out only complaint--and what will keep you from wanting to take the Miata on a long trip or make it your car of choice on a rigorous commute--is that there's a fair amount of road and wind noise in the cabin, even with the top up. Get the power hard top and it's a little better-isolated.
The 2013 MX-5 Miata is relatively practical--with enough space for a weekend trip--but it may be too noisy inside for the commute.