Don't know what people expect. If you are looking for a high end expensive sports car, shop on! With the 5 speed, this car has more than enough get up and go, and is a blast to drive. First gear could be a little taller. Seats are frim but nit uncomfortable. It handles like a go cart, and rides like one too, that's the car's design! It holds the road like glue, but picks up all the bumps. I live in Hampton Roads, VA, mostly highway driving, and with premium gas (which I recommend for performance) I average 38 mpg if I drive conservatively. Get a K&N air filter for the performance tweak, it's worth the money and the filter saves $$ in the long run as it is washable.
Great handling, tranny, mileage.
Taller first gear, maybe a 6 speed tranny manual and auto, more sound insulation (c'mon, Mazda, how much would this cost).
The car is great, but NOT with an automatic tranny. I would have bought the stick but my wife can't drive a stick. I miss my Echo, that was the best car I've ever owned.
The ride is fine. But getting out into traffic is dangerous. The acceleration is very laggy. There's a delay. Going around corners is sketchy because throttle control is a guessing game. You step on the gas and it's a crapshoot what's going to happen. There's no gradual acceleration, it hits - reminiscent of a 2-stroke dirtbike.
The cruise control buttons are my least favorite of all the types I've had. The fuel economy is not what I'd expect from a tiny car. The driver seat is all the way back and I'm 5'8".
I like the solid rubbery ride, don't mind the way you feel the road or even the road noise. Good steering and braking. Comfortable seats. Price.
New auto transmission. Better cruise-control controls. Give us 2 keys and don't charge $400 for a second key - rude!
Have 2011 Mazda 2 touring with 51k. Just retired my mazda protege with 300k on it. The protege has the 1.5 liter which only has with 90hp. The mazda 2 also has the 1.5liter. Every go see the christmas lights and you can not turn your head lamps off?The 2 doesnt have the day running lamps. Has a self adjusting timing chain and not a timing belt so thats saving you 500 to 600 every 100k that you have to change on most imports.I work at a big dealership and get to drive every make and model and can say with certianty that this mazda is the funnest car out. The 5 speed tranny is smooth. The engine isnt loud. So what it only has 100hp. Thats a upgrade for me from the 90hp I had for many years
The car corners great with very little body roll. The suspension is awesome. I have 51k and no rattles and only had to replace tires recently. The doors are light and really quiet when opening and closing. The interior is nice and everything is easy to work and understand. I personally do not mind not having blue tooth or a usb. It does have a aux input. The cruise, stereo controlls, and information center are all located on the steering wheel. Am getting 36mpg combined and gets 40mpg on the hwy. Please take this car for a test drive if you havent yet. Yes there are fancier cars available. I just know that for longevity that you are going to get the most from your dollar per ownership.
I have driven my car many miles all over and truely would not change or add anything. The engine in this car will out last a majority in its class. Go back 15 to 20 years and look what small cars are still cruising around? Mostly hondas, toyota, nissans and mazdas. Where are the grand ams, caviliers, breezes? Stay away from the Accents, Rios, Aveo (Daewoo).If you dont believe me go find one to test drive that has a over 100k on it.Sure there are some nice domestic cars out. the fiesta that is similiar to the mazda 2 except the mazda is 99% Japan. and the fiesta has a 1.6 liter with 20plus more horse power however you cant tell it becasue the mazda 2 weighs almost 300 pounds less.Good luck
I drove a 2002 Protege5 for nine years, the longest ever for one car. I enjoyed it. It still looked good, but I was bored, so bought the 2011 Mazda 2 hatchback. Not good, Too light, skips all over the road, trunk and back seat, too small. The economy is awful, but I would like to trade the car before it begins to have trouble. I've only 12K miles, have driven two, less than 1000 mile each round trips. Taking a 800 mile round trip in two weeks. Highway mpg sucks. How can a good, 2002, go to a poor, 2011,
like that? Angry
I bought my 2011 Mazda 2 new back in November 2010 and initially wrote a glowing review about fun it is drive. Well, it's fun...when it's not in the shop. Once I hit 15k I've had nothing but problems specially with the brakes. The dealer tells me they are safe and that they squeak because of the brake pad composition but why didn't they squeak for the first year? Squeaks at low and high speeds and is embarrassing. I also has to flush the transmission at 20k because the fluid it comes with is cheap junk. At 22,300 miles I'm trading for a Honda Fit this weekend. No more mazdas for this buyer. Don't buy this car; save your money, take on a bigger payment and get a car with a better warranty.