2011 Mazda MAZDA2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2: Rearview Mirror Complaint

August 03, 2011


I never imagined I'd be complaining about this in any car, but the placement of the rearview mirror in our long-term 2011 Mazda 2 Touring bugs me. It's a combination of three things:

--> The mirror is mounted fairly high up on the aggressively slanted windshield (it's set at a pretty laid-back angle for a non-sports car).

--> The Mazda 2 has a very small rear glass area and it's set at a very upright angle, so you're limited in how you can adjust the mirror and still see out the back.

--> Even though I have a short torso (i.e., I don't sit up tall), I put the seat height as low as it will go in this car to maximize legroom.

With these factors in play, I always I feel like I'm craning my neck to look up into the mirror -- I can never just look over to it. It's probably not a deal breaker, but it's a continuing source of minor discomfort and probably my second-biggest complaint about the Mazda 2. (My #1 complaint is the lack of cargo-hauling flexibility compared to the Honda Fit.)

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,318 miles

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