But there's all the flexibility and utility you could ask for in a car with this kind of footprint and fuel economy. It was good on gas. The Mazda2 comes with old-school econo-car specs, including a 1. Not to mention just how darn cute it is. This is my first Mazda. The Mazda2, though, is like a welterweight fighter: all quickness and agility, without sacrificing ride and practicality. Our 2011 Mazda 2 was a Touring model equipped with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
I love the way it handles in all kind of driving situations. The Mazda2 rides pretty well, but one aspect we don't like so much is that its short wheelbase and suspension tuning allows quite a bit of fore-aft motion when shifting or braking. The interior only comes in black. I was not impressed with any of those. Comfortable seating After hours of driving and no soreness to complain about, we were surprised at how comfortable the 2012 Mazda2 hatchback's seats were. Long regarded overseas for its attractive looks, frugal fuel economy and appealing features, the 2012 Mazda2 hatchback is now working its magic on Americans.
In fact, it weighs less than the current Miata two-seater, tipping the scales at a slender 2,300 pounds. Exterior Thanks to an arcing black garnish atop the air dam, the Mazda2 carries the smiling expression Mazda has affixed to most of its cars. The Mazda2's pert, upright stance, low front end; and its simple hatch design with plenty of window space is a refreshing departure from the cavelike claustrophobia you'll find in some other small cars. The hatch back is the best, allows access to the entire back. It sports a surprisingly spacious interior with a multitude of storage bins and cup holders. I haven't made any new or exciting discoveries about the Mazda2, now in its sixth month in our Motor Trend long-term fleet.
High spec models take things one step further by having a large part of the dashboard upholstered in soft leather. Fit and finish suits the least expensive car in Mazda's lineup. Interior is pretty comfortable for me and one of my kids. Be sure and check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. Later that day a twentysomething guy riding a bike in Burbank… When we first saw Mazda's tiny 2 at the 2008 Geneva show, we were immediately intrigued.
Also, interior materials aren't as bad as those you'd see in stripper base models of a few years ago, but there's still lots of hard and hollow trims. There's only three of us so that's plenty of room. I test drove the Nissan Versa, Toyota Corrolla, Hyuandai Accent, The Chevy Cruze and Sonic, and the Toyota Yaris. Even a modest version of Mazda's notorious death-rictus grin in the front end doesn't spoil this neatly defined small car. He took me to my new car; it was a black 2012 Mazda 2.
Manual and automatic transmissions are available. By now, the answer to our first question is obvious. If only there was room for the associated dial-type controller to be mounted farther forward. All Mazda2s are powered by the same 1. Very basic yet does not feel cheap. Took it to metroplex seveal times without any discrepancy. While that sounds like a downer, consider that the Mazda2 weighs only about 2,300 pounds.
Buyers have two trim levels to choose from: Sport and Touring. Plastics offer a pleasing grain and panels fit together well on our test car. You can also opt for Apple CarPlay which connects your phone to the infotainment system and gives you access to things such as internet radio or social media apps. Inside, the Mazda2 is a little tight for taller folks; its feature set, whether in Sport or Touring, is basic; and its interior is nothing special. The 2012 Mazda2 remains related to the Ford Fiesta, but it has completely different powertrains, interiors, and design attributes.
As you might guess in a hotly competitive segment, the 2012 Mazda2 hatchback costs about the same as the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa and is a bit more expensive than the more utilitarian. If you buy or lease a car you will arrange to do so directly with the dealership. Visually, only a few differences separate the base Sport from the high-level Touring package. As for resale value, we expect the 2012 Mazda2 to hold its value on par with the Kia Rio5 and Toyota Yaris and do better than the Ford Fiesta, but fall far below the Honda Fit. We are only the two of us now and we can go travel and explore. But our road tests indicated that the number may be closer to 35 mpg, even if you drive it energetically and flog it around. Although built for several other worldwide markets as the Mazda Demio, the Mazda2 made its American market debut in 2011.
The five-speed manual gearbox makes this easier to do, as long as the driver doesn't mind revving the engine above 3,500 rpm. The engine doesn't have a lot of power to spare, despite the Mazda2's impressively light weight, so you'll find the car is most rewarding when it's driven energetically. I kept looking for excuses to drive it. The fabric is hardly premium, but the texture goes beyond plain old cloth, and the red piping in the Touring model adds an unexpected touch of color. Small cars are big news these days. To see what's new for 2012, click , or check out a of the two model years.
When it comes to journey time predictions, Mazda continues to programme its sat-nav systems with the pessimism of a dowager countess. The Mazda2's sole engine option is an all-aluminum 1. It was 4 door, just what I needed. Now several years old, the lines of the subcompact 2012 Mazda2 are simple, neat, and coherent. It's bright red and people Love it. In addition, those who choose the Touring model have the option to add wheel locks, special all-weather floor mats, a center console armrest and a bumper guard. Get the 5 speed manual, it is a blast to drive.