Meet Baby Sparkles - 2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2: Meet Baby Sparkles

November 22, 2010

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I'm fervently against naming your car. Unless it's "Batmobile," "Eleanor," or in rare instances "Oliver," a man has no business personifying his ride with a moniker. It's definitely a girl thing, because only girls have ever asked me "what's your car's name?" and walked away disappointed when I've said "Jetta" or "Z3."

So I could only facepalm (visual representation below) when my girlfriend's Mazda 3 was christened "Mr. Sparkles" by her mother due to its sparkly Crystal White Pearl Mica paint. I was loath to refer to it as Mr. Sparkles and thankfully, my girlfriend was as well. Yet, like a parasitic creature, the name wove its way into our lexicon and sporadic, usually ironic references to Mr. Sparkles began (though rarely uttered by me).

Then we got our new long-term Mazda 2 in Crystal White Pearl Mica. As I drove it home the first night it joined our fleet, I pulled into our house right behind my girlfriend's 3. A horrible thought crossed my mind ...

"Behold, Baby Sparkles." And thus, I had named a car for the very first time. Crap.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,732 miles

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