Obviously, having the right gear on hand for quick maneuvers is simple with the manual because you control the gear selection, but the automatic is also very well-matched to the engine. The Mazda2 is a very small car, and the way that seating has been configured, it's not a comfy home for drivers much taller than six feet. Some cars feel bigger than they are, which can be good if you also get a sense of strength and solidity. The ride is nice and smooth. In a way, the Mazda2 is the perfect recession car: for the still-wealthy, it's both affordable and useful—a way to conspicuously non-consume.
The suspension underneath is fairly conventional, with MacPherson struts in front and a trailing-arm twisting-beam rear suspension, but in the redesign, the engineers have done some interesting things with the suspension mounts and bushings that yield a much flatter ride through high-speed corners and quick-reacting suspension that doesn't make a lot of noise or transmit a lot of bumps and humps to the seats inside the car. The 4 cylinder made seemed to wine at higher highway speeds - but the radio automatically can adjust the volume to over come. Looking at the 2011 Mazda2, the profile and sculpted front and rear ends make for a more coherent package than any other car in the segment, flowing neatly and looking sorted from any angle. Despite its nimble handling, the Mazda2 ultimately cannot contend with its competitors. Interior - very accessible and overall headroom is great and much better than its sibling the Fiesta. If we rated our long-termers yearbook-style, the 2011 Mazda2 Touring would be voted Most Bang for the Buck and Most Likely to Make You Smile.
I kept looking for excuses to drive it. I chose the 2 over the competitors for a variety of reasons, including value for money, styling, practicality, fuel efficiency, and driving dynamics. There are only really four variations possible with the 2, in fact: automatic or manual, Sport or Touring. The Chevy was totaled as well. Other trim items were a leather-wrapped multifunction helm, a trip computer, and cruise control. For the less well-off, it's a microcosm of what it takes to get through the week: making the most of meager materials through careful technique and artful invention. Solid work by the design team here.
For what it sets out to accomplish -- fun driving characteristics, decent fuel economy, and an affordable price tag -- it succeeds very well. And there's no manual shift mode with the slushbox, either. So if you have a golf twosome, both of you can ride in the Mazda2 and carry your clubs and paraphernalia in the back. I thought vision all around was good, which is important in a subcompact. The steering wheel is meaty to hold onto, and the combination of a tilt steering column and adjustable seat height make for easy adjustment before setting off. Also, the car is a lil noisy.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. The Mazda 2 is relatively roomy for four, though. The lower body is heavily sculpted with an upswept line starting just behind the tucked-in front tires and extending up and over the rear wheel wells. I had an Eclipse before and going from a v6 to this is noticeable. What is bad is the lack of rear-seat and cargo room. The Mazda2 is powered by a 100-horsepower 1.
If, however, you want to keep your B-segment car at a B-segment price—the Fiesta can be optioned to more than 22 grand—go for the more-performance-oriented 2. Can't imagine having an automatic. But there's all the flexibility and utility you could ask for in a car with this kind of footprint and fuel economy. Mazda is taking 'zoom-zoom' down a size for 2011 with the introduction of the new Mazda2. We found the seats comfortable and supportive.
Units Affected 173859 If we rated our long-termers yearbook-style, the 2011 Mazda2 Touring would be voted Most Bang for the Buck and Most Likely to Make You Smile. I've found that bigger people are pretty uncomfortable riding in the back for longer trips due to little leg room, but for someone like me who generally drives alone or usually just has one passenger its great. . It's your basic hatch -- there's no nav system to decipher, no super-awesome stereo to crank up, no Sport mode to test out. The cramped space also proves the point that this would be a great car for a high schooler: Nobody is getting lucky in that back seat without being well-versed in the art of contortionism. The exterior styling is aw-shucks cute, with rounded lines and a smiley-faced front grille.
Another surprise: the front seats. Ditto the front-disc, rear-drum brakes. The car is small, but I am 5? The Mazda2 is a practical car, in sticker, size and economy. Many of the reviews I read on-line criticized the 2 for having only 100 hp, but I have found that the car gets down the road just fine. Fold the rear seats down and it offers good cargo capacity with 27 cubic feet of cargo space and easy hatchback accessibility. Plus, the rear seats fold flat to increase cargo capacity.