Night and Day - 2011 Mazda 2 Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Night and Day

November 10, 2010


I have two different commuting experiences to share.

Driving the Mazda 2 home in crawling traffic on the freeway. And I mean crawling. Never stopped so I could take a break, never moving enough to be able to fully remove my foot from the clutch for more than a second or two. Not fun. Thankfully, the clutch is light so my leg didn't give out completely. But it is very springy, too. So, you can't wiggle your foot around much.

Next morning, driving on the streets with light traffic and no one in my way. The springy light clutch helps you take off quickly on hills. When you are driving on a level plain, the car is so light that the engine seems peppy enough. We had some fun together. Going up a hill is another story. It only wants to play "I Think I Can, I Think I Can."

This would be a good car for a beginner to learn to drive because you really have to drive the Mazda 2. You can feel everything it is doing. It would give a new driver a good understanding of how things work.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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