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2011 Mazda2 - First Drive Review - Car and Driver

Mazda’s fun new subcompact is simple and affordable.
BY STEVE SILER
June 2010
With lofty government-mandated fuel-economy standards coming down on one hand and a shaky economy spurring consumer interest on the other, carmakers are serving up more subcompact cars to U.S. consumers than ever. Among the most hotly anticipated (at least among Car and Driver staffers) is the 2011 Mazda 2, Mazda’s first America-bound B-segment vehicle since the 323 and arguably the best such car Mazda has ever built.

While Mazda is calling the 2011 model the “third generation” of the 2, it’s more or less a refresh of the second-gen car sold around the globe since 2008. Aside from redesigned front and rear fascias and sundry new interior bits, it’s essentially the same car as before, one which shares its architecture with Ford’s slick new Fiesta—which, incidentally, also arrives stateside for 2011.

Of the two platformmates, the 2 is the simpler machine: lighter, less powerful, and available only as a five-door hatchback in either “Sport” or “Touring” trim levels. Its Eurocentric cabin assigns ergonomic priority to front-seat occupants while giving rear-seaters (and cargo) the somewhat shorter end of the stick...

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2011 Mazda 2: Fresh appearance can't hide old powertrain - Boston.com

Posted by Keith Griffin July 20, 2010 02:53 PM
MONTREAL — It's the summer of the Bs — the B-segment, that is, in the automotive world. Manufacturers like Ford, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan have been furiously marketing these subcompact cars, a segment that's expected to double its US sales from 533,000 this year to 1.06 million by 2014. The latest to fly into the fray is the 2011 Mazda 2.

Previous iterations of the Mazda 2 (not available here) were already light, but the new car shaves more weight for greater fuel efficiency and better acceleration. It tips the scales at an almost-svelte 2,306 pounds. The tiny Honda Fit is 183 pounds heavier.
Its petite size can't overcome the fact this Mazda is powered by a four-cylinder engine with 98 lb.-ft. of torque (double-digit torque numbers are never a good thing in an automobile). The 100-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine, while lacking much oomph, is suitable for urban and suburban driving conditions.

However, the four-speed automatic transmission could disappoint you. Under hard acceleration it hesitates noticeably. Passing on a two-lane road requires a lot of planning. Mazda engineers said they opted for the antiquated four-speed to save money and weight.

The manual transmission, which the company said will reach only 20 percent of all sales, is delightful. Shifts are effortless and the clutch engages without much pressure. Even inexperienced drivers found it easy to use. It is a far superior powertrain that is not irritating in city traffic.

This is a car that seems be aimed at the single-income, no-friends crowd. Mazda says owners will largely be driving by themselves or with a front-seat passenger. That's one reason they didn't attempt to maximize cargo and passenger space. "Let's not sacrifice fun to say we have the same category space as our competitors," said Chris Hill, the vehicle line manager. As a four-door hatchback (the only style available), it's simple to pop down the 60/40 split rear seats and do minor hauling.

The Mazda 2 is a comfortable car to drive and ride in, even for a six-footer. The front seats feature best-in-class legroom. Rear-seat passengers older than 12 might find that space cramped. It's suitable for around-town trips, but could be torturous on extended journeys...

...Kudos to Mazda's chief designer Derek Jenkins for acknowledging what so many fail to admit: "The car interiors are plastic, but we worked very hard to get a nice feel," he said. Mazda succeeded with the interior surfaces delivering a pleasant tactile experience for a car that costs $14,730 — including a $750 delivery charge — in the sport trim level with a 5-speed manual transmission. The most expensive Mazda 2 is $16,985 in the sport trim with automatic transmission...

...Fuel economy is EPA rated at 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway for the 5-speed manual transmission. The four-speed automatic is rated at 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
 

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This is a car that seems be aimed at the single-income, no-friends crowd. Mazda parts says owners will largely be driving by themselves or with a front-seat passenger. That's one reason they didn't attempt to maximize cargo and passenger space. "Let's not sacrifice fun to say we have the same category space as our competitors," said Chris Hill, the vehicle line manager. As a four-door hatchback (the only style available), it's simple to pop down the 60/40 split rear seats and do minor hauling.
I love this car but I get disappointed as this car get old. I have changed several car parts and then I realized why not switch to Mazda 3 which is much better to me.
 
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