Summer Fling - 2011 Mazda 2 Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Summer Fling

May 04, 2011


I think our Mazda 2 Touring is in a funk. It's like the sort-of-cute high school boy who isn't really a standout at anything, but has enough charm and looks to get some dates--provided he has no serious competition.

Well, our Mazda 2 has lots of competition in the fleet these days, what with the Mini Cooper S Countryman All4, the Nissan Juke and that new Italian exchange student, Rosso Fiat the 500th. And so the mildly cute, moderately sporty but ultimately uncharismatic Mazda 2 got passed over on the editor signup sheet Monday. It was about to go dateless again Tuesday.

Moved by pity, I took it home. It was 87 degrees in the L.A. area yesterday and the Mazda 2 proved to be a fun, zippy drive on a sunny, breezy, nearly summer day.

It's small, so its AC system brings the temperature down fast. The fabric seats stay cool. The shifter has minimal metal surface, so it doesn't sear a brand into your palm, like some of our cars' shifters do (I'm talking about you, Buick Regal CXL Turbo).

Granted, it's not a perfect car, but with a Diet Coke in the cup holder and AC/DC on the radio, I was glad the Mazda 2 was my first summer date.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @8,718 miles

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