Mazda Mazda2

The Mazda2 is subcompact car that has been manufactured by the Japanese automaker since 1996. The car was previously marketed as the Mazda 121 and the Metro. Presently, the car is in its third generation and is sold globally as the Mazda2. The third generation Mazda2 was launched in 2008 and critically acclaimed, winning the World Car of the Year award. The North American version of the Mazda2 was unveiled at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it was the first subcompact offered by Mazda since the 323 was discontinued in 1994.

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Mazda2 Origins

The Mazda2 was the latest introduction in the Mazda series of small-size hatchback models that offered great fuel economy. It was a viable alternative for people who wanted a car that could meet their needs instead of being a symbol of indulgence.

While the vehicle may not be the most spacious car in its class or a hallmark of premium car design, it’s worth consideration if you just want a car that can get you from point A to point B.

About the Mazda2

From the design perspective, the vehicle’s cabin could be considered to be the most notable feature as it is simple, yet modern. There are no elements to bemoan or fawn over. Though hard plastics are plentiful in the Mazda2, it is not entirely unexpected. The front seats of the car are relatively comfortable and offer enough leg room for taller passengers.

Nearly all entry-level hatchbacks started to get better with each year.

Mazda2 Features

The 2012 Mazda2 is a sub-compact four-door hatchback. Power is delivered by a four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that has the capability to generate 100 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque. While a five-speed manual transmission is standard in the vehicle, a four-speed automatic transmission is optional.

The Mazda2 is offered in two trim levels. The entry-level Sport variant is available with several desirable standard features such as air-conditioning, keyless entry, a four-speaker MP3/CD system with an auxiliary audio input jack, and full power accessories. In addition to the features in the Sports model, the Touring variant has alloy wheels, cruise control, a leather-wrapped wheel, fog lights, and a six-speaker sound system. However, these features would mean nothing to car enthusiasts who could get their hands on the latest cutting-edge technology available in several competitor models, including an iPod interface, a navigation system, and Bluetooth; which, incidentally, are not even offered in the premium version of the Mazda2.

The Mazda2 suffers from a lack of telescoping steering, which is undeniably a notable omission. The rear seats are quite disappointing as they're cramped and flat. If the rear seats are kept in place, the cargo capacity of the car stands at 13.3 cubic feet. This is quite small for a hatchback. The figure goes up to 27.8 cubic feet when the 60/40 seats are folded. However, they don’t fold completely flat.

The four-cylinder 100 hp engine of the Mazda2 leaves much to be desired in terms of performance, particularly as compared to a four-speed automatic transmission system. Regardless of the small engine, the fuel economy, which has become one of the biggest selling points of subcompacts, is not exceptional in the case of the Mazda2. The Environmental Protection Agency pegged the fuel economy rate of the car at 29/35 mpg city/highway for the manual transmission models, and 27/33 mpg city/highway for automatic transmission models.

While the Mazda2 is equipped with a five-speed manual gear box, its pinpoint steering and very well-tuned suspensions offer both a decent ride quality and nimble handling. This compensates a great deal for the engine’s shortcomings.

The light 2300 pound curb weight helps reduce pressure on the free-revving engine and lends a sportier feel to the hatchback. Additionally, it also assists in the car’s handling. This has made the Mazda2 one of the most nimble vehicles in its class. The steering wheel is both quick and communicative, a very favorable trait among power steering units.

Mazda2 Evolution

In the year of its introduction, the car had the standard safety features. These included the anti-lock brakes with drums in the rear and discs in the front, side-curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, and traction and stability control. The car was able to come to a stop from 60 mph within less than 130 ft. This is an acceptable distance for such a car. In the crash tests conducted by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Mazda2 was awarded a top rating of ""good"" with regard to the roof strength tests and front offset tests. The Mazda2 was given the second-best rating of ""acceptable"" with regard to the side-impact test. Major technical specifications of the car were carried over to the 2012 model.

Select a Mazda Mazda2 Year

2014 Mazda Mazda2

Compact, Hatchback

2013 Mazda Mazda2

Compact, Hatchback

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.

2012 Mazda Mazda2

Compact, Hatchback

In only its second year, Mazda left the vehicle basically unchanged. The automatic transmission is now a little more efficient, and gets 1 mpg more in the city and on the highway.

2011 Mazda Mazda2

Compact, Hatchback

Since it is the Mazda2’s first year in the lineup, everything is essentially new. Those looking for something entry level but with enough interior comforts and technology, should opt for the Sport model. The Touring edition throws in a few more standard accessories like chrome exhaust tips, fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, and a trip computer.