2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Basic Transport

March 05, 2011

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Not gonna lie to you: There's few things better in life, for car enthusiasts at least, than spending quality time with a car as stonkingly fast and manly-sounding as, say, the Ford Mustang Boss 302. But as much as I cherish driving pumped-up beasts such as that, there's other times when all I need is a car like the Mazda 2.

Just give me a manual transmission (none of that sissy paddle shift stuff), a tachometer (albeit in this case a tiny one), a proper handbrake and some form of an iPod hookup, and this 'ol boy can be pretty dang content.

Sure, it's a tad slower experience. And if given the choice for the weekend, I'll take the 'Stang. But you can have some good low-speed fun in this Mazda 2. It's back-to-basics driving.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 6,965 miles

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