After being a overseas only model for several years, the Mazda 2 has finally come to US shores. Proven on the world stage, this subcompact offers its American customers a fair combination of versatility and comfort in a fuel efficient package, wrapped in some ultra modern, slightly odd, styling.
The 2 and the Ford Fiesta have the same chassis, though the two differ greatly in all other respects. The 2 features a surprisingly large cabin for such a small car and it features lots of the small cargo areas and cup holders that we love in America.
A 1.5 liter, four cylinder engine that produces 100 hp drives the front wheels and allows the car to achieve EPA fuel economy estimates of 28 miles per gallon city and 35 miles per gallon highway when using the 5 speed manual transmission. The cars 2300 lb. curb weight help the 2 to make the most of the power available. Mazda hopes this be a winning combination for buyers who are seeking an inexpensive vehicle that is still comfortable to spend time in and fuel efficient to boot.
Engines: 1.5L I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Models: Sport, Touring
Since it is the Mazda2's first year in the lineup, everything is essentially new. Those looking for something entry level but with enough interior comforts and technology, should opt for the Sport model. The Touring edition throws in a few more standard accessories like chrome exhaust tips, fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, and a trip computer.
The 2011 Mazda2's short front and rear overhangs give it a sporty look. Even in "concentrated" form, it maintains the prominent smiling front end.
Standard amenities for the Mazda2 include air conditioning, power door locks with keyless entry; tilt steering wheel, and 60/40 folding rear seats. A four speaker (six-speaker on Touring) AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo comes standard as well.
Performance & Handling
The Mazda2 is powered by a 100-horsepower 1.5-liter inline-four cylinder making 98 pound-feet of torque that is the car's sole available engine. It's no stop light racer, but it makes up for its lack of speediness and pony power with high mpg ratings (28 city/35 highway with manual, 28 city/34 highway with automatic).
Driver and passenger front and side airbags are standard, as are side airbag curtains and side impact door beams. There is also a crushable pedal assembly, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and dynamic stability control with traction control.
EPA Fuel Economy
28 mpg city/35 mpg highway (manual); 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway (automatic)
- Neat style Good fuel mileage Folding rear seats
You Won't Like
- No available navigation
- Weak engine
Cheap, stylish transportation
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