2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Heel-And-Toe Blows
March 07, 2011
It doesn't completely blow, but it's certainly not easy to perform heel-and-toe downshifts in the Mazda 2.
There are three contributors here: First is the wider-than-preferred spacing between the brake and throttle pedals.
Second, the throttle pedal needs a really good stab to get it to blip with any forcefulness.
And third, there's the slightly mushy, unfeeling brake pedal.
True, the Mazda 2 isn't a performance machine. But if a car has a manual tranny, even an econobox, you should still be able to blip the throttle while you're downshifting and braking for a turn. Yes, you can do it in the Mazda 2, but it takes more of a concerted effort than the second-nature intuitiveness found with Mazda's other manual transmission-equipped cars. And because of this it brings down the car's fun factor a bit.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 7,080 miles