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2012 Mazda Mazda2 Sport Hatchback

2012 Mazda Mazda2 Review

(0 Stars)  The subcompact that zoom-zooms.

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The Mazda 2's light weight should help in the fuel economy race, but there's no benefit when looking at EPA numbers: fuel economy is downright embarrassing for a subcompact. The more practical Honda Fit is only slightly better, but the much larger Honda Civic clobbers them both. That's part of being first to the party. Fuel economy has become far more important in the years since the 2 was developed. Instead of bigger EPA numbers, the 2 errs on the side of wide smiles. Thanks to its minimal mass and short gearing, its refined four-cylinder engine feels livelier than its 100-hp rating suggests, especially with the five-speed manual transmission. The four-speed automatic is two gears short of its Ford Fiesta sibling's dual-clutch six-speed, and that deficit hurts both fun and fuel economy. The 2 is nicely finished inside for a car in this price range, but it lacks the luxury features available in other new subcompacts, such as the Fiesta. That means no navigation, leather, or heated seats, but a high-spec Touring model comes with fifteen-inch aluminum wheels, foglights, and a rear spoiler. More important, it comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and an upgraded sound system. For basic transportation in congested cities, that's more than enough.

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2012 Mazda2 Sport Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.5L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 29 MPG city, 35 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 362 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
11.3gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 100 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 98 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

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'12 Mazda Sport Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Outlet(s)
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Tilt
Roof Rail
Cup Holders
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Head/Curtain Airbag
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Airbag
Rear Curtain Airbag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
Wheel Covers
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