I had concerns about the Mazda 2 based on other reviewers reports.
So far my experience has been very positive.
I almost bought a Honda Fit base.
But for less money I bought the Mazda2 Touring MT.
My feeling is that the Mazda is sportier and more fun to drive.
Also I am finding that with careful use of the stick you can get much better economy than reported by EPA.
On stop and go commute my mpg is mid to high thirties.
I have yet to spend much time on the highway but I won't be surprised to see over 40.
I like the interior and the exterior.
The build quality is evident.
Everything inside and on the dash is intuitive.
Good gas mileage.
Easy to use shifter.
I read one report that said the clutch engagement is vague.
I would tend to agree with this assessment.
But after a couple of days of practice I can take off on steep uphills with smooth control.
I really think that it is just closer to the floor than most people prefer.