Tall-Friendlier Than Big Brother - 2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2: Tall-Friendlier Than Big Brother

December 14, 2010

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It seems counterintuitive, but tall-old me finds the tiny Mazda 2 more comfortable than the bigger Mazda 3. The seat seems to be mounted higher, which creates more thigh support and allows me to sit closer to the wheel. That wheel doesn't telescope, but then I find the 3's wheel doesn't telescope enough to counteract the fact that its seat doesn't adjust adequately for me. Specifically, the back of the seat bottom doesn't go low enough (see VW GTI). This was just a bit worse with the old car.

Another advantage of the 2's high-mounted front seats is that its back seat seems to have just as much leg room as the 3 when I'm driving and hogging all the passenger space.

Now, if you get the 3 Grand Touring with the power seats, much of this is a moo point, but something to consider should be ignoring the 2 because of interior space.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 4,413 miles

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