2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Touring: A Car for the Person I Used to Be

September 29, 2011

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As a cub reporter for a big daily newspaper, I spent a lot of time driving to a wide variety of assignments. It could be anything from interviewing an accused murderer at Orange County Jail to a stroll through the coastal foothills with an expert in edible wild plants.

It was a job that called for a car that was nimble, reliable, easy to park and cheap to buy, gas and maintain. (Newspaper reporters always were underpaid. Now they're mostly just unemployed.)

If the Mazda 2 Touring had been on my radar then, I would have enjoyed its company. I'm a different kind of car owner now, and it doesn't suit me quite as well. Small size is less of a consideration. I want more creature comforts now. And my passion for a manual transmission is a sometimes thing. But if I could send a note back to the car owner I used to be, I might say: "Leave the Corolla. Take the Mazda."

And for God's sake, girl, keep up with your oil changes.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @14,224 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Mazda Mazda2 in VA is:

$113 per month*
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