Economy Car Litmus Test - 2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2: Economy Car Litmus Test

September 20, 2011

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There are certain things that people look for in economy cars. Fuel economy is one of them, and another would probably be value. And I imagine that many buyers in this segment appreciate a car that transcends its price tag; in other words, a car that doesn't look nearly as cheap as its low price suggests. That's a nice extra, and one that lots of models deliver these days.

I can think of one other thing that people probably hope for with an economy car purchase...

...and that's durability when it comes to the car's interior. It's not a good look if the cabin looks 10 years old four months after purchase.

We got our Mazda 2 back in October of last year, which means it's been with us for nearly a year. With almost a full 12 months in the trenches, the cabin is holding up pretty well.

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I noticed one of two scuff marks here and there, but nothing major. And much respect to that seat fabric; like Ed, I'm a fan of that snazzy red piping, and the upholstery overall has shown almost zero sign of wear.

What factors do you prioritize when evaluating economy cars?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor@ 13,492 miles

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