2011 Mazda 2: Enjoyable Runabout
January 26, 2011
I've found myself pleasantly surprised with our Mazda 2 over the past few days. I haven't done anything in "the Deuce" other than drive around town, but I've enjoyed its nimble size, comfortable ride quality and tractable 1.5-liter engine.
For the latter, I've found I can shift right at 2,000 rpm for each gear and be in fifth gear by about 37 mph. Yeah, the result is pokey acceleration -- in contrast, James is compelled to always drive the snot out of it -- but I've found it's still sufficient to keep up with city traffic. And the payoff is better fuel economy.
It's been a while since we've had a subcompact in the fleet. For me, it's a refreshing change.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor