Take the Mazda or the Mustang? - 2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2: Take the Mazda or the Mustang?

August 22, 2011


"Do you want the Mazda 2 or the Mustang?"

This was Mike Schmidt last week asking me what car I wanted to take for next few days. Hmm. One car has iconic styling, herculean power and a fresh set of tires that needs to be "broken in." The other has pod-car styling, asthmatic power and economy-biased tires.

Well, I took the Mazda.

There were a few reasons for this. For one, I haven't driven the Mazda 2 since January. It doesn't get much love around the office -- I figured it could use some. But more importantly, I just couldn't commit to the Mustang. (At least not this time.) Yes, the Mustang is easy to drive and a fine daily driver, but there's a lingering expectation that when you grab the keys you're going to go out and live life like you're a cancer patient with one month to live. In contrast, my weekend "bucket list" plans consisted of schlepping my kids around, picking up some gear at Pep Boys and then parking at the airport for a trip today.

The Mazda was the right car for the job -- four doors, a decent backseat, an near-invisible profile to thieves/vandals and easy to park.

Just like Erin, I really do like this car, pod-car styling, asthmatic power, economy-biased tires and all.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,825 miles

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