2014 Mazda Miata: Keeping It Simple [First Impression]

Full disclosure: I am a Miata gal. I currently own a 2001, I previously owned a 1990, and I’m looking for a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata.

Look very closely at the photo below. What do you notice?


Do you notice a touchscreen? Back up camera? GPS unit? No, BECAUSE THEY AREN’T THERE! The good folks at Mazda have subscribed to the design theory of KISS, Keep it Simple, Stupid.

Depending on your style, this is either the best interior you’ve ever seen, or it makes you want to stab your eyeballs out with a fork.

The Miata is about driving. It gives you an emotional connection to the car and the road that is not dependent on an over-abundance of features. Instead you get a Bose stereo system (easy presets!), manual climate controls, and simple rotary dials to control the heated seats.

I could do without the multi-functional steering wheel, and frankly the heated seats are over the top for me as well, but then I’m probably a little more of a technophobe than your average car buyer.

Check out this review of my 2001 Miata on TFL Car, Modern Collectibles Exposed.

Emme Hall tflcarEmme is a driver, reviewer, and rabble rouser. She is the principle driver and trophy winner for the Mega Monkey Motorsports™ 2 seat 1600 desert racer, powered by an air-cooled VW engine and has also been on the podium in a stock bug, a trophy bug, and an ultra-4. She is one of only 17 American women to have participated in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, a 9 day all female off road rally in Morocco with no GPS. You can check her out online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and either one of her blogs