A Weighty Issue - 2011 Mazda 2 Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Touring: A Weighty Issue

September 21, 2011

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When the all new Mazda 2 debuted, the taut new sheetmetal and the fact that it was coming to the U.S. sort of overshadowed -- at least in the U.S. market -- that the car had lost 220 pounds generation over generation.

Weight loss in a new model is a great trend that we're going to see more and more of as this fuel economy thing gets more popular. Of course, we all know the "add lightness" maxim, but what does this much weight mean for performance?

Well, 5th Gear the second best car show on the planet (TGUSA is getting close, though, the Death Valley episode was solid) took a look into it using the normal Mazda 2 as a baseline, and then filled it with Heavy Terry and ran the numbers again.

Video after the jump.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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