• Cute and sporty
  • Fun to drive
  • Refined and comfortable
  • Fuel economy
  • Four-speed automatic
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  • Short options list
SUM UP Small, quirky, and fun to drive.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Mazda2 in 2013

The 2013 Mazda 2 gains a new clear water blue paint color and a USB port...more

Overview

The Mazda 2’s light weight, sporty gearing, and small footprint make for smiles behind the wheel, but in other respects, the 2 struggles to match its rivals. For one, fuel economy is significantly below the current 38-to-40-mpg zeitgeist for small cars—although a 35-mpg highway rating is still nothing to be sniffed at. A 100-hp four-cylinder engine provides adequate acceleration, especially with the slick five-speed manual transmission. The optional four-speed automatic is two gears short of its Ford Fiesta sibling’s dual-clutch six-speed, and that deficit hurts fuel economy. Although the 2 is nicely finished inside for a car in this price range, it lacks the luxury features available in other new subcompacts such as the Fiesta, the Hyundai Accent, and the Kia Rio. That means no navigation, leather, or heated seats, but a high-spec Touring model comes with fifteen-inch aluminum wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an upgraded sound system. The base Sport model, on the other hand, has steel wheels with hubcaps and lacks cruise control. At the end of the day, the Mazda 2 is simple to use, fun to drive, and very affordable. For basic transportation in congested cities, that’s more than enough.

Safety

ABS; traction and stability control; and front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mazda 2

  • Fiat 500
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Toyota Yaris

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