2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Fiesta Worthy?
November 08, 2010
I spent the weekend in our Mazda 2 and I found it pleasant overall, considering its modest $16,000 pricetag. It's a relative of the Ford Fiesta, which happens to be one of our top picks in this economical category. The Ford is only slightly more expensive than the Mazda, but I think the added cost is worth quite a bit more.
In terms of exterior styling, I'm a much bigger fan of the Ford Fiesta. It lacks the Mazda's grinning grille and has a bit more visual excitement in both its shape as a whole and in its details. On the inside, you'd have a hard time finding any soft-touch materials in the Mazda 2 -- nearly every surface is covered in hard plastic. The Fiesta has its share of the cheap stuff, too, but adequately cushions most touch points.
When it comes to features and options, the Ford Fiesta is a runaway winner. A USB port is standard and the available Sync also tacks on phone and navigation functions. The Mazda 2 offers Bluetooth and a removable Garmin nav unit, but only as dealer-installed options. Finally, the Fiesta just feels like a more solidly built car.
Don't get me wrong, the Mazda 2 is a nice car for the money, I just think that the Ford Fiesta is much better for a little more money.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 2,060 miles