2011 Mazda 2: Goes Down Easy
February 03, 2011
The photo above shows the view from the bottom of the ramp that leads to the underground parking structure at the Whole
Paycheck Foods store near the Edmunds hive. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays, the structure is often crowded to capacity with the cars, minivans and SUVs of shoppers replenishing their groceries after work.
It can be hard nabbing a parking space there, but last night the task was a lot less challenging, all because I was driving the Mazda 2.
As I inched down the ramp last night I noticed that though the structure was packed, the first two spots were free. Cool! The catch is, these spots were right at the base of the steep, narrow ramp and required a very sharp turn-in. Tricky for a larger car to pull off, but no problem for the compact, nimble Mazda 2, which has one of the smallest turning circles in its class (32.2 feet). Gotta love a small car, especially one that's as fun to drive as the peppy little 2.
What kind of turning circle is your car working with?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor