2011 Mazda 2: Good Highway Car?!
November 15, 2010
Welcome to Lancaster, California. As you see here, somebody woke up fresh as a daisy after staying at an Intercontinental Hotel Group resort. I put about 200 highway miles on our long-term 2011 Mazda 2 Touring over the weekend, and I was surprised by how good the highway ride is on this car. It's controlled, and compliant -- bordering on cushy.
I really didn't expect this level of compliance and isolation from a sub-2,300-pound subcompact. Instead, I expected the Mazda 2 to ride more like our departed 2009 Honda Fit, which weighed nearly 2,500 pounds. The Fit was well mannered on the highway, but not a bit soft and cushiony.
And though the Mazda 2 lacks much of the Honda Fit's utility, its above-average ride quality could swing a potential buying decision in its favor if you're a long-distance solo commuter.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 2,744 miles