2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Taking I-5 to Thunderhill
December 03, 2010
NASA's 25-hrs of Thunderhill road race is this weekend, and it's one of the coolest enduros of the year. Positioned on the calendar after all road race seasons have ended, this races draws cars and racers from all over the country -- even other parts of the world -- for one last go before next season starts.
So I climbed aboard our 2011 Mazda 2 and made the 513-mile trek to Willows, California to check it out.
Our Mazda 2 handled the long, boring interstate that is the I-5 with ease. It tracked straight and true, as if it were a much larger car. The driving position was great and the seat stayed comfy and supportive over the 8-hour drive. The lack of an armrest was no big thang, but the presence of cruise control on our Touring model was a huge plus.
I averaged 32 mpg over the two tanks, but I was going with the flow of traffic, and the flow of traffic on I-5 runs faster than an EPA dyno, which rates this car at 35 mpg on the highway, 32 combined. I'll run with the trucks on the way home and see if it can do better.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,487 miles