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2011 Mazda 2: A Comment on Packaging

January 10, 2011

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Driving our Mazda 2 is pleasant enough, what with its small size and nicely tuned chassis, but the little car is not a hit with my significant other when he's riding shotgun. The footwell is narrow and cramped, he says.

And sure enough, there's an usual amount of intrusion into the footwell by all the stuff that Mazda had to package into a subcompact body. It's not quite as bad as in some old conversion van, but it nonetheless requires the average-size adult to sit with his legs offset.

I don't recall this being a problem in other subcompacts I've driven in recent months -- and this is one more reason that I prefer the Honda Fit, which turns packaging into some kind of art form. Nope, the Fit doesn't ride or steer like the Mazda 2, but in this class, I'd trade that dynamic edge for leg space and magic-foldy seats.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 5,281 miles

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