2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Teen Machine
November 01, 2010
After driving our brand-new 2011 Mazda 2 all weekend, I flashbacked to when I was a teenager all those eons ago, learning to drive for the first time and how I had to do that in my mom's white 1979 Monza wagon. So not cool. Plus to add insult to injury, it had a vanity plate with my mom's name on it. OK, OK, I was lucky to have even gotten a car at all. But if I was a kid now, I wouldn't have minded having this 2 as my first vehicle.
For $16K ours has some pretty decent features that any adolescent driver would appreciate, like cruise control, power windows/door locks/mirrors, wheel-mounted audio controls and an aux input. Sure, it's not as fun or peppy to drive like the Fiesta but parents might not mind that, you know, because with great power comes great responsibility. (Now as an adult, I don't understand why some parents give their teens M3s for their first car.) In any case, the 2 is also cheaper than the Fiesta.
And sure, it's small but as a teen, I wouldn't need that much just to get around from school, home and to my after-school job. My parents wouldn't let me drive my friends around anyway. But more importantly, it's cute and not overly so, even with that grin. In other words, I wouldn't be committing social suicide by driving it. Although, I would have probably picked that Spirited Green Metallic or black over the boring white.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 1,708 miles