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2013 Mazda Mazda2 Review
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The 2013 Mazda MAZDA2 is the entry-level subcompact hatchback that was first introduced in North America for the 2011 model year, although it has been available globally for much longer. These new, smaller cars are becoming more and more popular due to the fact that they have excellent gas mileage, are stylish looking, and loaded with features, and the 2013 Mazda MAZDA2 is no different.
While the hatchback is based on the Ford Fiesta, that’s where similarity ends. The 2013 Mazda MAZDA2 is its own car, with a unique powertrain, a sportier suspension, and only one body style. The five-door hatchback is available in two trim levels–the Sport and Touring.
New For 2013
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA2 remains relatively unchanged from the 2012 model. The only change of note is:
- The inclusion of a USB port as a standard for both trims
From the outside, it’s easy to recognize the 2013 Mazda MAZDA2. While its hatchback shape is nothing radically different from its competitors, the flared fenders and side sculpting add some visual interest. Couple this with the wide front grille that appears to be smiling, and the hatchback quickly can be distinguished as belonging to the Mazda lineup. Both the Sport and Touring are equipped with 15-inch wheels. The difference lies in that the Sport has steel rims with covers, and the Touring rolls on 15-inch alloy wheels. Fog lamps, a rear spoiler, and a chrome exhaust tip are all available.
Interior & Cargo
Up to five passengers can be seated in the 2013 Mazda MAZDA2 across two rows of seating. The front seats are comprised of two bucket seats, while the rear row is a 60/40 split-folding bench. Passengers in the front seats should be comfortable with plenty of head and legroom, but the same can’t be said for the rear seats. Most adults find the seating in the rear cramped, and the head restraints awkward and limiting to headroom. However, the seats are comfortable, and with plenty of side bolstering passengers in the front enjoy the smooth ride in comfort. The cargo area is adequate but smaller than several of its competitors.
Fabric upholstery is standard for both models of the 2013 Mazda MAZDA2, although the textured fabric of the Sport is upgraded for the Touring model and red piping is added. Standard features for both models include power windows and locks, keyless entry, air-conditioning, and a four-speaker audio system with a USB port. By choosing the Touring, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control and audio system controls, a trip computer, and a six-speaker audio system with USB port are included.
Standard safety equipment found in the 2013 Mazda MAZDA2 includes anti-lock brakes, six airbags made up of front-seat side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags for both rows of seating, electronic stability and traction control, and brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA2 continues to be powered by the same powertrain as with previous models. Both the Sport and Touring come equipped with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 100 horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque. The engine can be paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
While the numbers may not seem overwhelming, the fact that the 2013 Mazda MAZDA2 is an extremely light car changes things when the driver gets behind the wheel. This small hatchback is surprisingly quick and nimble. The sport-tuned suspension and power-assisted steering make driving this car fun. For those who enjoy driving, the five-speed manual transmission would be the transmission of choice to get the most out of the hatchback.
Although the engine is small, acceleration is adequate both from a stop and when making passing maneuvers at speed. The steering and brakes are responsive, so this car drives well around town and on the highway. Power is not its strength so keep that in mind when passing other vehicles, particularly on hills or with a fully loaded car.
The size of the engine and lightness of the car win with gas mileage. For the manual transmission, the EPA ratings are 29/35 mpg city/highway. The automatic transmission gets 28/34 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Mazda MAZDA2
- Honda Fit
- Ford Fiesta
- Hyundai Rio
- Chevrolet Sonic
- Toyota Yaris