2011 Mazda 2: Tempting to Modify
August 25, 2011
If I owned a Mazda 2, I'd be tempted to modify it some. At the top of my list would be handling. The Deuce is blessed with precise steering and light weight, but the combination of the two highlight the car's potential for even better handling. Holding it back are economy-biased tires and commuter-friendly suspension tuning. Therefore I'd probably look at getting gripper tires and some sort of aftermarket spring and damper combination.
Actually, I did that this morning by poking around CorkSport. And yeah, you can get all of the above plus the ubiquitous intake and exhaust. But then I had a reality check. If I owned a 2, presumably I bought it because I was on a tight budget. And if that's the case, would I really then go off sinking thousands of more dollars in aftermarket parts? Probably not.
In all likelihood, I'd just get a set of performance tires and wheels and leave it at that.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor