2011 Mazda2: Blindfolded
January 04, 2011
There are very few cars that, were I blindfolded, I would be able to tell you what I was driving. Granted some cars, usually by manufacturer, have a unique new car smell which would give them away. Our Chevy Cruze, for instance, smells like egg nog while our BMW 528i smells like cookie dough. Delicious chemical smells notwithstanding, I could tell you, while blindfolded (please don't try this), that I was behind the wheel of our Mazda2 or any Mazda for that matter.
Mazdas just have this unique feel to them; they never bombard you with too much information. Mazda has balanced what you need to know with what you think you need to know, perfectly. BMWs used to have a similar balance, but now... not so much.
What's the big deal? Well, in today's world of electric steering, which can be like turning a stack of soggy pancakes, and multi-modal electronic suspension trickery, Mazda has stayed true to what it's always done best - good, honest feel. Everything from the CX-9 down to the Mazda2 (yes, I'm ignoring the Tribute) feels like a Mazda, and that's still a good thing.
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 5,162 miles