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Need opinions - Miata

Old 03-07-2019, 12:45 PM
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Default Need opinions RE: Head Room

My Miata Brethren- Before I go test drive Miatas from all generations- Starting in what production year will I fit in the best? I am 6' 1" with average length legs. I have heard a few answers to this- I'm turning to the best. Thanks! Rob

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Old 03-07-2019, 01:20 PM
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At 6' I can barely fit in the 3rd (2006+) and 4th (2016+) generation. The first two are too small for me. The last time I drove a 2nd generation, I had to think about the process of pushing down the clutch and how I had to twist my leg to get around the steering wheel each time. The 3rd and 4th generations are tight but bearable. My head rubs against the roof when closed.

I have found that Miatas are much smaller in the showroom than they are on the road. Each time I have almost bought one, I say in the showroom "This is too small, I could never own one." Each time I decide to see how small it feels when I am driving it. Each time, I enjoy the drive so much that when I get back, the thought of the size is not a factor. I will likely buy a 2019+ at some point.

You will likely fit in the later two generations, however, what you intend to use the car for may also be a factor. As a daily driver, it would be too small for me. As a second car, I could adjust to the size.

Other forum members with more miles behind you in Miatas: What are your thoughts?
Old 03-08-2019, 12:23 AM
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Thank you MazdaCPA- Well put.
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