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2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Track Tested

November 13, 2010


With a 100-horsepower 1.5-liter inline-4, our Mazda 2 is the least powerful car we've had since our time with a 2008 smart fortwo. But that car, with its 70-horsepower 1-liter, was a two-seater with two doors, the engine in the back and cartoonish looks. You half expected it to be painfully slow.

But this 2011 Mazda 2 has four doors (five if you're one of those 'a hatch is a door' folks) seats five and looks like a car. It should work like a car, right? And then there's that zoom-zoom thing Mazda's known for, it should work better than a normall small car, right?

Well, we brought our 2011 Mazda 2 to the track recently to find out. Full results after the jump.

Vehicle: 2011 Mazda 2
Odometer: 1,829
Date: 11/2/2010
Driver: Mike Monticello
Price: $16,330

Drive Type: Front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Five-speed manual
Engine Type: 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 1,498/91.4
Redline (rpm): 6,300 rpm
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 100 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 98 @ 4,000
Brake Type (front): 10.2-inch ventilated discs, sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 8-inch drums
Steering System: Electric power-assisted steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Suspension Type (rear): Semi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, monotube dampers
Tire Size (front): 185/55R15
Tire Size (rear): 185/55R15
Tire Model: Yokohama Avid S34F
Tire Type: All season
Wheel Size: 15-by-6 inches
Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast aluminum
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 2,274

Test Results:

0-30 (sec): 3.2
0-45 (sec): 6.3
0-60 (sec): 9.9
0-75 (sec): 16.0
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 17.4 @ 78.5
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 9.6

30-0 (ft): 33
60-0 (ft): 133

Slalom (mph): 65.0
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.82

Db @ Idle: 32.7
Db @ Full Throttle: 86.4
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 77.1

Acceleration Comments: When enabled, the Mazda 2's ESP system completely bogs the car down at launch. Dropping the clutch at 4,000 rpm with ESP off enabled decent wheelspin. The 2-3 shift is at an unfortunate 60 mph. The Mazda's shift throws are longish but can still be shifted quickly due to well defined gates. Wish the tachometer wasn't so small. Engine revs very slowly.

Braking Comments: Despite weighing so little, the Mazda 2 takes a surprisingly long time to stop. Tires are no doubt a factorhere, but the brakes themselves don't feel very powerful. Still, it only stopped one foot longer from the 1st to the 6th stop.

Handling Comments: Skid pad: On/off throttle has a big effect in the little Mazda and it can easily get into a tail-out, front-drive drift. Although the chasis is very communicative, the slippery tires hold it back from a better performance. Slalom: This is a quick-steering, nimble little car that displays a surprising amount of tail-out action around the cones-- it's great fun, and pretty darn quick. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's so short, narrow and light. Just think what the Mazda 2 could do with grippier tires.

  2011 Mazda 2     2009 Honda Fit Sport With Nav    2011 Ford Fiesta SES   
0-45 mph (sec.) 6.3 5.9 6.0
0-60 mph (sec.) 9.9 9.5 10
0-75 mph (sec.) 16.0 14.3 15.1
0-60 mph with
rollout (sec.)
9.6 9.4 9.7
1/4 mile time
@ speed
17.4 @ 78.5 16.9 @ 81.1 17.2 @ 80.4
30-0 mph 33.0 34.0 29
60-0 mph 133.0 136.0 119
Skid pad (g) 0.82 0.82 0.82
Slalom speed (mph) 65.0 64.4 62.2
As-tested weight (lbs) 2,279 2,511 2,557
Price as tested $16,330 $18,820 $17,795

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor,

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