Enjoyable Runabout - 2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2: Enjoyable Runabout

January 26, 2011

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I've found myself pleasantly surprised with our Mazda 2 over the past few days. I haven't done anything in "the Deuce" other than drive around town, but I've enjoyed its nimble size, comfortable ride quality and tractable 1.5-liter engine.

For the latter, I've found I can shift right at 2,000 rpm for each gear and be in fifth gear by about 37 mph. Yeah, the result is pokey acceleration -- in contrast, James is compelled to always drive the snot out of it -- but I've found it's still sufficient to keep up with city traffic. And the payoff is better fuel economy.

It's been a while since we've had a subcompact in the fleet. For me, it's a refreshing change.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


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