2011 Mazda 2 Touring: 2 > 3
June 28, 2011
I can't lie; I've been avoiding our long term 2011 Mazda 2. I drove the car for our Long Term introduction photo shoot, but then never again. The reason I've been avoiding it is that sometime in the recent past I was the owner of a Mazda 3 and while I liked that car every time the road got twisty, I was not a fan of commuting with it. The suspension that absorbs mid-corner bumps so well is nervous with unnecessary information during an average drive to work. I figured this smaller, manual-transmission car would be about the same if not a little worse.
Was I ever wrong....
I'm not sure if it's a sidewall advantage, or if they tuned this more for city roads than mountain roads, but whatever caused it, the Mazda 2 rides extremely well on the nightmarish roads of Los Angeles. It doesn't crash uncomfortably over potholes but still has enough Mazda in it to be able to quickly dodge and cut through traffic with precision.
If my Mazda 3 rode this well on my normal drive, there's a chance I'd still have it.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 9,665 miles