2011 Mazda MAZDA2 Introduction:
With the growing importance for cars to deliver improved fuel economy and a low price, sometimes the “fun to drive” factor is thrown to the wayside, but Mazda has managed to bring a bit of sportiness to the subcompact segment with its all-new 2011 Mazda Mazda2. Go ahead. Just try to find an affordable, practical and economical car that is still enjoyable to drive and isn’t a MAZDA2. Born from the same DNA as the timeless Mazda Miata and the rotary-powered Mazda RX-8, the 2011 Mazda MAZDA2 ensures that new-car buyers won’t have to sacrifice driving pleasure for better fuel economy or improved cargo and passenger space.
Assembled in Hiroshima, Japan, the 2011 Mazda MAZDA2 is available in two trim levels (Sport and Touring) with a starting MSRP of $14,180. Mazda dropped its new MAZDA2 Touring for this review which after options and destination charge had an as-tested price of $17,480. Small cars are notorious for driving great around the city, but we took the MAZDA2 on a 10-hour road trip to test the car’s driveability, fuel economy and, most importantly, comfort.