Thursday, March 20, 2014


Some say the Mazda2’s four-cylinder engine has enough power for a daily driver, though they point out that the Mazda2 takes time to get up to highway speeds. Test drivers report that the standard five-speed manual transmission makes good use of the engine’s power, though a few critics say the clutch feels numb. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional, though some auto writers say that it is less polished than the more modern six-speed transmissions found in rival cars. 

Equipped with the automatic, the Mazda2 gets an EPA-estimated 28/34 mpg city/highway, which is OK for the class, but not as good as the fuel economy of competitors like the Chevrolet Spark. Test drivers say the Mazda2 handles nimbly and is one of the more enjoyable hatchbacks to drive thanks to its razor-sharp steering and responsive brakes.

As with most affordable subcompacts, the Mazda2’s cabin is basic and uses hard plastics, but buyers say that quality upholstery and a simple, uncluttered design give it a touch of class. The front seats are quite supportive, they say, but the rear seats are small even by subcompact car standards. The Mazda2 comes with a four-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary input, a USB port and keyless entry. 

Optional features include Bluetooth, cruise control and a six-speaker audio system. The Mazda2 lacks features like available navigation and infotainment systems, which are available in many rival cars. Reviewers say that the audio and climate controls are generally easy to use. There’s a typical amount of cargo space for the class, but critics say the Mazda2’s oddly-shaped cargo bay limits its capacity to carry bulky items.

The fun-to-drive, fuel-efficient, 100-hp 1.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine earns an EPA-estimated 29/35 mpg with a 5-speed manual or an EPA-estimated 28/34 mpg with an automatic transmission†

Seating for five adults with plenty of storage including a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, up to 27.8 cubic feet of cargo space and clever spots to stash small items

Well equipped with standard air conditioning, power mirrors, door locks and windows, plus remote keyless entry

Peace of mind comes standard with safety features that include advanced front air bags, front side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains‡, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)** and Traction Control System (TCS)

Sport Touring
Engine type 1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
Horsepower 100 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 98 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Redline 6300
Displacement (cc) 1498
Bore x stroke (mm) 78.0 x 78.4
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Fuel system Electronically-controlled multiport fuel injection
Recommended fuel Regular unleaded
Valvetrain Chain-driven dual overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder with variable intake valve timing (VVT)
Ignition system Direct coil-on-plug electronic ignition with platinum-tipped spark plugs
Engine block Aluminum alloy
Cylinder head Aluminum alloy
Emission control type (Fed/Cal) Tier2-BIN5 / ULEV2
EPA-Estimated Fuel economy
Manual transmission (city/HWY)† 29/35
Automatic transmission (city/HWY)† 28/34
Type Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Manual transmission 5-speed overdrive
Automatic transmission 4-speed electronically-controlled overdrive
Brakes Front disc/rear drum
- Front 10.2-inch vented disc
- Rear 7.9-inch drum
- ABS 4-wheel, 4-channel with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Steering type Power rack-and-pinion with variable assist
Power assist Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS)
Overall steering ratio 15:1
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock 2.7
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft) 32.2
- Front MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar
- Rear Torsion beam with coil springs
Wheel size (in) 15 x 6.0
Tire size P185/55R15 V-speed rated all-season radial
Weights & Capacities
Curb weight (lbs)  
- Manual transmission 2306
- Automatic transmission 2359
Fuel capacity (gallons) 11.3

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