2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Real Lateral Bolstering
May 02, 2011
The suspension tune on our long-term 2011 Mazda 2 is not overly aggressive. The little car turns in nicely, but there's enough body roll to keep it honest about its economy bent and its puny but adequate 185/55R15 Yokohama tires.
Yet, as you bend into a turn, what looks to be fairly modest bolstering on the front seat-back cushions actually proves to be quite effective. It actually goes some distance in holding you in place. After spending the last week in various other economy sedans, all more expensive than our Mazda 2, I'm reminded that real lateral bolstering is hard to come by in this price range (~$16K), and I'd be more likely to buy the 2 because of it.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 8,995 miles