The Mazdaspeed3 uses a 2. Here in America we think bigger is better. The Mazda2 comes with old-school econo-car specs, including a 1. I have the Automatic Transmission package, and have not found anything to not like. The Mazda2, though, is like a welterweight fighter: all quickness and agility, without sacrificing ride and practicality. The manual and automatic transmissions help the engine achieve 27-28 mpg city and 38-40 mpg highway.
It was far from the fastest, biggest, or most well-appointed car in our garage, but in its 12 months and 18,000 miles, the peppy green hatch won the hearts of almost everyone on staff. The one slightly grim note is the 15-inch steel wheels--increasingly a rarity these days--with plastic wheel covers. I'm in love with having a car that gets great gas mileage. An optional blind-spot monitoring system is new for 2012. All of this lightness doesn't mean a compromise in comfort, though, as the Mazda2's cabin is surprisingly quiet even at highway speeds. It is a compact car, but perfect for my 3 person family.
A 3-zone philosophy places all the vital controls in way that helps the driver focus on the road while operating the audio and climate control. But now with gas prices on the rise the smaller sub-compact car is getting all the attention. On the outside, the higher trim level includes a rear roof spoiler, fog lights, chrome exhaust tip and alloy wheels. The oil filter, spark plugs, serpentine belt. By now, the answer to our first question is obvious. If it just loafs around town--especially if it's fitted with the automatic--it won't be nearly as much fun.
Mazda engineers focused their attention on making the Mazda3's body as stiff as possible and its suspension both agile and compliant. Amenities such as air conditioning, power windows and locks, and tilt steering wheel are all standard. The four-speed automatic has such wide ratios, however, that it tends to default to engine speeds just a little too low to provide reasonable acceleration on demand--and it doesn't offer any manual shifting or paddle options either. The 5 speed manual is crisp and not too long or short in any gear, although cruising at 70mph has the rpm's topping 3000. Inside the Mazda3 sports a black dashboard and center stack with silver trim surrounding commonly used features. Although the 2012 Mazda2 shares its underpinnings with the equally-new Ford Fiesta, Mazda gave its little car its own unique powertrain options, as well as a sportier suspension and a single, 5-door hatchback design the Fiesta offers a sedan and 5-door. The i Touring trim offers the Moonroof and Bose package containing a 265-watt 10-speaker Bose Surround Sound Centerpoint audio system and a power glass moonroof.
Had people stop me and ask about it. The 2012 models gain a few updates including new headlights, revised grille and air intakes, and revised rear valance panel. However, dollar-for-dollar, the Kia Rio5 and Hyundai Accent offer more features and technology for the money. But our road tests indicated that the number may be closer to 35 mpg, even if you drive it energetically and flog it around. Even a modest version of Mazda's notorious death-rictus grin in the front end doesn't spoil this neatly defined small car. The interior only comes in black.
The sculpted front and rear ends lead to lines that flow graciously around a wide, sloping greenhouse to define the middle of the car. The littlest Mazda includes the usual suite of safety systems that are now virtually standard across all sizes and types of cars: electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a brake override system. It's only available as a hatchback and is slotted below the Mazda3. The trim levels for the five-door hatchback or, if you prefer, wagon are i Touring, i Grand Touring, s Touring and s Grand Touring. I love this car and would buy another. For 2012, the sedan and five-door hatchback has been refreshed.
Get the 5 speed manual, it is a blast to drive. 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. See More Car Videos Join Our Facebook Page. The new engine features direct-injection and a high 12. Not because they are small, but because today's economical petrol misers are loaded with style and features never before seen on entry-level models.
Hatchback area large enough, with seats folded down, to haul 95% of lawn and grocery stuff. Active front head restraints to help reduce neck injuries if the car is rear ended. Would it come to the States? Smooth highway ride, but, takes highway bumps harshly with stock tires which I plan to switch-they don't corner very well either. That saves raw materials, and it reduces the amount of fuel that needs to be burned to move it all around. 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 2012 Mazda2 might be the most fun you can have with a 100 horsepower engine. The Mazdaspeed3 expresses itself with an active front hood scoop, 18-inch wheels and ground effects. The 2012 Mazda2 is frugal, fun to drive, and practical. Adaptive Front Headlamps Mazda says this is the first application on a compact vehicle of the swiveling blue-white bi-xenon high- and low-beam headlights. Cars equipped with the Skyactiv engine are fitted with a choice of two new 6-speed transmissions, either manual or automatic. Occupants of that height will max out the headroom, even in the front seats, and taller front occupants will have to adjust the front seat to the point where only small children will fit behind them.
For me, it's usually a hair-loss treatment. The likely buyer is either a college student or first-time car owner, and a cost-conscious one at that, who won't mind the deliberate omission of polish and panache in the interests of efficiency and low purchase price. We are only the two of us now and we can go travel and explore. It's only available as a hatchback and is slotted below the Mazda3. 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. Show full review Vehicle Overview The subcompact five-seat Mazda2 arrived stateside in 2011 as Mazda's newest entry-level offering.