2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Great First Car?

March 09, 2011


My nephew Dino is 10 years old. My godson John is 13. At those ages I couldn't wait to start driving. What a thrill it was just to sit in a driver seat. Of course, at that age, I was coveting all sorts of vehicles that would've probably killed me -- a Porsche 914, an Alfa Romeo Spyder Veloce or a Honda Interceptor 500, to name a few. Magrath would probably crack wise and ask if the wheel was even invented back then. Jerk.

My first car ended up being the 1982 Toyota Corolla that was also my brother and sister's first car. That ol' Crapolla had me thinking that our Mazda 2 would probably make a great first car for my nephew or godson. In some ways, there are similarities between the two cars.

Like the Corolla, the Mazda 2 has just enough power to get into a little trouble, but not enough to get into a whole lot of trouble. There's little in the way of extras to distract me from driving and I probably wouldn't feel totally embarrassed to pull into the student parking lot in it.

I'm guessing that both Dino and John are smarter than I was back then (I didn't exactly have a grasp on what mortality was), so here's to hoping they're more responsible than I was. With antilock brakes and stability control today, I think they'll be just fine -- no need for Ford's MyKey nanny here.

So what do you think? What was your first car, and what do you think makes a good first car today?

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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