Get the 5 speed manual, it is a blast to drive. The Mazda2 is surprisingly spacious for taller drivers. Inside, the Touring adds red piping on the seat upholstery, and there's also a spoiler on the tailgate. I test drove the Nissan Versa, Toyota Corrolla, Hyuandai Accent, The Chevy Cruze and Sonic, and the Toyota Yaris. A six-foot passenger will fit behind a six-foot driver. This is without a doubt the most enjoyable car I have ever owned.
I have a feeling this car will last much longer than I want to keep it. Decent gas milage for city driving which is mostly what I do. However, the Mazda2 has more standard features than its larger sibling. I haven't made any new or exciting discoveries about the Mazda2, now in its sixth month in our Motor Trend long-term fleet. Factor in the great steering feel and how buttoned-down the suspension feels at low speeds, and you have a small car that's a lot of fun to drive in the city. Its smiling front end ties it to its larger Mazda brethren. On the outside, the higher trim level includes a rear roof spoiler, fog lights, chrome exhaust tip and alloy wheels.
The hatch back is the best, allows access to the entire back. 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. The stereo rocks and I love the radio controls on the steering wheel. 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. Compared with alternatives such as the Hyundai i20, the Mazda 2 interior is a nicer place to be, thanks to upscale overall build quality and a more distinctive and attractive interior design.
The Mazda2 looks stable, solid, and sporty because the eye sees a car that looks lower and wider than it really is. The entry-level Sport trim comes with 15-inch steel wheels with full covers, while the Touring trim rolls on 15-inch alloy wheels. I decided to test drive a 2012 Mazda2 and I am glad I did. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Headroom was a bit tight and his knees touched the seatback, but remarkably, he admitted he'd be comfortable back there for short trips. I love the way it handles in all kind of driving situations. On the road it gets about 35mpg, in town about 28mpg.
That saves raw materials, and it reduces the amount of fuel that needs to be burned to move it all around. 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. This, however, is connected to the only notable criticism — the material quality is inconsistent. If only there was room for the associated dial-type controller to be mounted farther forward. The Mazda2 comes with old-school econo-car specs, including a 1. Those include a roof spoiler, front fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with built-in audio controls, nicer cloth upholstery with red piping, and even a chrome exhaust tip.
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. It's a high-revving unit, requiring drivers to keep their foot into the accelerator to move along expeditiously. The 2012 Mazda2 is aimed directly at the subcompact economy car market, taking on competitors such as the Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. I do wish it had a 5 speed automatic transmission. Otherwise, what you get inside is closer to what you'd expect; it's a bit dark--and unabashedly anti-luxury--but the instrument panel is delightfully simple and clean. Cannot say that about any other new car I have owned. I'm in love with having a car that gets great gas mileage.
If you upgrade to the Mazda2 Touring, you add a six-speaker stereo, cruise control, steering-wheel mounted stereo controls and upgraded cloth seats. The Mazda system is a touchscreen as well so you have plenty of ways to control it. Despite its small exterior, the 2012 Mazda2 offers good legroom for four adults--but they'll be much happier if none of them is more than 6 feet tall. I… The green jellybean continues to turn heads. Buyers have two trim levels to choose from: Sport and Touring.
The 2012 Mazda2 hatchback's front bucket seats are firm and fairly supportive, but the oddly-shaped rear-seat head restraints must be extended upward or run the risk of becoming uncomfortable lumps in the shoulder blades of rear-seat passengers. I have the sport model, so there are no steering wheel controls, no cruise control and no blue tooth. I can drive the same distance on half the gas I was using in my old car. It is offered only as a hatchback. In other words, there isn't a ton of vertical space, but from side-to-side and front-to-back, there's a lot of room. While these are not the most impressive transmission choices, the Mazda2's light curb weight makes up for any shortcomings and contributes to the car's overall sprightliness and nimble response.
Plastics are soft and squidgy around the middle of the dashboard, but too hard and scratchy around the top of the doors, centre console and steering wheel. However, the Mazda2 has more standard features than its larger sibling. Two trim levels are available: Sport and Touring. Not to mention just how darn cute it is. It also features a brake override system that cuts engine power when both the gas and brake are pressed at the same time. The interior only comes in black. The Honda Fit is a major Mazda2 competitor, as are a host of other small cars, from the Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic to the Toyota Yaris.