After doing a considerable amount of research on a variety of small cars, I settled on a Mazda2 for a variety of reasons.
Chiefly, the styling, fuel efficacy and cost; while not truly being great in any one category, the Mazda2 is very good in many.
Many of the reviews and comments I read referred to the 2’s small, 100 hp engine and “slow” starts off the line.
Frankly, it is a bit slow; however, if I had wanted a spirited performer, I would have bought a VW GTI.
With gasoline prices increasing, the need for a reliable and gas efficient vehicle more than eclipsed my need to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds.
Exterior and interior style.
The 5 Speed manual transmission.