The Intimidator - 2011 Mazda 2 Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2 Touring: The Intimidator

November 04, 2010


Driving around the city in a tiny, 100-horsepower car like our 2011 Mazda 2 Touring, the chances of getting bullied by the many larger cars around are high. Case in point, this morning I had a standoff with a GMC Terrain in this alley by my apartment. I was in the alley first but when the Terrain driver saw me he sped up so that I would have to be the one to move over. When I threw up my hands at him gesturing WTH, he lunged his SUV at me as if threatening to hit me. Shaking my head I then moved over. But as he squeezed past me he spit on the 2! So mean!

On my way to work I couldn't help but wonder, if I had been driving an intimidating car like the Challenger, would he have reacted the same way? I told my story to the other editors and they started coming up with suggestions on how to make the Mazda 2 tougher.

"Put it in the Raptor or have it follow the Raptor around."

"Outfit it with missiles a la James Bond's Aston."

"Strap an airhorn to its roof."

"Put spikes on its wheels."

Photoshop wizard Mark Takahashi was the one who came up with the ultimate LA city edition of the Mazda 2, or as he calls it, "Mean Mazda Deuce."

What do you think?


Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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