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You are in the Mazda Miata
What is this discussion about?
Mazda, Toyota MR2 Spyder, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Convertible
#1 of 4364 This topic is a continuation...
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 17, 2000 (12:56 am)
...of topic 25, which has now gone over 1,000
If you are a newcomer here, you may want to
review some or all of the posts recorded about this
wonderful little car, before you join the
discussion here. The link to the retired Part One
Topic 25, Mazda Miata MX-5, (retired)
Anyone else, please continue your discussion
#2 of 4364 Just wondering
Feb 19, 2000 (5:28 am)
Hey, I've been meaning to ask this for a long time. Are there any tall drivers (6' +) out there who own Miatas? Given how small the car is, and that it lacks a tilt wheel, I've always assumed that it would be too cramped for anyone over 6' to drive. Is that a true assumtion, or just one that depends on personal preference?
#3 of 4364
Feb 19, 2000 (3:57 pm)
I'm a 5'11" shrimp, but I used to sell Miazdas.
Some tall guys say it fits just fine, others not. It depends a lot on whether your length is above or below the hip joint. If a lot of your height is in your legs, you can usually get comfortable in a Miata, especially the 2nd gen. Quite decent leg room.
If a lot of your height is in your torso, neck and head, your scalp might be out in the airstream, or if the top's up, you might contact the fabric sometimes. If you're that tall though, I guess a bigger problem would be the top member of the windhisld frame blocking a big portion of your field of view.
#4 of 4364 bordsource....
Feb 19, 2000 (4:28 pm)
I'm 6'1" 215 lbs. and owned a Miata for 8 years. No problems what so ever.
Feb 19, 2000 (9:15 pm)
I'm 6-2, 193 lbs, BIG PROBLEM for me in a Miata. Major reason why I don't own one--I love 'em but oddly enough, my current two seater has way more room for me.
#6 of 4364 Okay, let's try specifics
Feb 20, 2000 (4:24 am)
Thanks for the answers. So, let me be more specific. I'm about 6'. But I have legs that demand a 36" inseam to avoid the dreaded "high-water" look. LoL. Anyway, I'm pretty evenly split. I noticed that Mr. Shiftright had a problem with it at 6'2". But vj didn't at 6'1". Based on what C13 said, would it be safe to say that Mr. Shiftright obviously doesn't have the long legs that Vj has?
#7 of 4364 Height problem...
Feb 20, 2000 (1:56 pm)
Best thing to do, is get a hold of a Miata and drive it around a little. Test drive may not be enough, as you would not be able to spend enough time behind the wheels to really tell. A friend leased a 99 one time and he turned the lease in after only 2 months. He is about 6'1" but he said it was very uncomfortable for him.
So, see if you can find a rental place with a Miata you can rent. Or see if the dealer is nice enough to loan you one *smile*
www.miata.net also have an article detailing how you remove some padding in the seat to gain some headroom for taller folks.
People have also observed, that cloth seat gives you a little more headroom than leather seat.
Feb 20, 2000 (9:10 pm)
36" inseam? You're doomed, forget it.
#9 of 4364 Daddylonglegs
Feb 20, 2000 (10:03 pm)
Yeah, bordsource, Ihave to agree as per usual w/Mr. Shiftright. I'm 6'2" & 200# and pretty comfortable (for a couple of hours), but that's with a bit less than a 32 inseam.
Is this the car for everybody? I guess not, sadly.
Try on a new Toyota when they come out in a couple of months and let us know about the fit!
#10 of 4364 36 inseam.......
Feb 21, 2000 (7:12 pm)
Yeah, you may have a problem.....I have a 34 inseam. Granted I think "fits well" may mean different things to different people.
I have been amazed at people that are considerably smaller in all dimensions to me say that cars like Maximas, Camrys, and Accords were too small for them, yet I have never owned a car bigger than a '93 RX-7.
If you're used to bigger convertibles like Saabs, Sebrings, CLK's etc., you probably would think the Miata is too small. If you have driven smallish convertibles in the past, you will love the Miata, IMO, it has more interior room than any other vehicle with the same exterior measuements.
Just think......the Miata is almost a foot LONGER and 6 inches WIDER than an A-H Sprite. Now that's small!!!!