2011 Mazda2: Mazda Fit
July 12, 2011
"It's a Fit. But, it's a Mazda."
That was my cryptic description of our Mazda2 to Magrath before he drove it for the first time in months. And you know what? I was right.
I spent some time in the 2 this weekend and as much as I liked our 2009 Fit, the Mazda2 is simply a better Fit than the Fit.
While the Fit is nimble, it is to the point of nervousness, much like a Mini. The 2 is simply nimble. It loves to change direction, but it won't do so until you tell it to. It's not darty, nor does it get unsettled on our second world freeways; it's very tied down, much like any other Mazda. And while the 2 gives up some practicality to the Fit (the Fit's trick rear seat has not been matched by anyone in the class), it's close enough 95% of the time so you won't notice. And then there are the front seats; the 2 takes this one hands down - barcalounges to the Fit's folding chairs.
Perhaps the most surprising advantage however, goes to the 2's engine. For the first time in as long as I've been around, a Mazda has a better engine than its Honda competitor. Neither engine is going to win any awards, but the Mazda's feels more robust and is decidedly less thrashy at higher rpms. I only wish the tachometer was a little bigger.
The 2 is a quality small car.
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 9,956 miles