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Ask any auto enthusiast about a Mazda Miata, and you’ll likely get an earful of what a phenomenal car it is. It’s light, affordable, and handles like a dream. What you’ll never hear, though, is that they have plenty of space for hauling stuff around. Obviously, nobody expects a two-seat sports car to have a myriad of storage space. At any rate, let’s take a look at the interior specs and cargo capacity of a 2023 Mazda Miata.

What is the cargo space in a 2023 Mazda Miata?

Interior view of driver's side in a 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata parked at sunset
2023 Mazda Miata Interior | Mazda

U.S. News reports that the 2023 Mazda Miata offers only 4.6 cubic feet of cargo space. For reference, the C8 Chevrolet Corvette offers a far more substantial 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space. However, it has the advantage of having cargo space both front and rear.

The 2023 Miata’s 4.6 feet of cargo space equates to a handful of grocery bags or a pair of carry-on-sized luggage bags. So, no, it’s not the king of transport. Then again, you wouldn’t expect a compact sports car to be.

Interior trunk space of 2020 ND Mazda Miata Cargo Storage Transport
ND Miata Trunk Space | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

Ultimately, if you’ve got a lot of stuff to haul around, the Miata may not be a great daily choice for you. However, if you’re regularly toting nothing more than a briefcase and the clothes on your back, you’re more than good!

2023 Mazda Miata interior comfort

Side profile view of a 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata in tan parked alongside a desert road
2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata | Mazda

As is true throughout the entirety of the Miata lineage, tall folks will likely find themselves pretty cramped. That being said, it isn’t impossible for larger folks to get behind the wheel. Certainly, the 2023 model has a good bit more room than the first-generation examples.

Car and Driver reports that the 2023 Miata has adequate materials with all the essentials met. So, while it may not be a pinnacle of luxury when it comes to comfort, it is good enough.

Here are the interior measurements courtesy of Cooley Mazda:

Headroom (soft top/RF)37.4 inches / 36.8 inches
Shoulder Room (soft top/RF)52.2 / 52.2 inches
Legroom (soft top/RF)43.1 inches / 43.1 inches
Hip room (soft top/RF)52.0 inches / 52.0 inches

Technology and features

A front view of a 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata driving
2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata | Mazda

It comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and an almost shocking speaker count. Nine.

The infotainment system retains physical buttons and a knob, so you won’t have to worry about laggy on-screen volume controls. That’s great, too, because some publications report that the screen is a bit laggy.

With its price point and intended use, you wouldn’t expect the most refined technology inside the 2023 Mazda Miata. Taking that into consideration, the tech and gear that it does come with is more than satisfactory. In the case of the sound system, it’s much better than you might expect when getting in a cheap two-seat sports car.

Can a Miata be an everyday car?

Overall, the 2023 Miata retains the interior and cargo consistency of its predecessor models. You have to know going into it that it’s not great for transporting a lot of gear of any sort. Then, that’s not at all why you’d buy a Miata in the first place.

Ultimately, if you go into a Miata knowing about its interior limitations and what it is and isn’t capable of, you undoubtedly can use one every day. You’ll just need some careful planning.


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