2011 Mazda 2 Long-Term Road Test - Audio & Technology

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2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Simplicity

August 18, 2011

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Sometimes it's good to remind yourself of just how little you really need in a car. One day recently, I realized I hadn't driven the Mazda2 in awhile and resolved to sign it out when it was next available. I actually found myself -- I wouldn't say pining -- but kinda longing to whip the little pod into a freeway on-ramp with its little 100-hp engine rasping away. And the Mazda2 is not a car you really look forward to driving on a long commute.

It's small. You don't stand a chance against semis. Your nerves would like a sixth cruising speed. There's no Bluetooth, no USB (although there is an aux jack), no navi, no sat radio, no dual zone climate control. Yet I'm still trying to find something I don't like about it. If pressed, I'd say the manual transmission, while easy and slick-shifting, feels slightly Fisher--Price. I'd like to feel just a little more weight, as if there's real metal linking everything together.

But that's it. It's got power windows and mirrors, simple climate control, supportive seats, even a good stereo that pulls in a local college radio station. A Wilco b-side followed by some old R.E.M. works fine. The Maz2 isn't my first choice for a long-range daily commuter, but it does the job well and it's got spirit. Still enjoying it.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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2011 Mazda 2 Touring: In-Car Boombox

April 25, 2011

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Our long-term 2011 Mazda 2 Touring's radio has a good old fashioned CD player stuck smack dab in the middle. It gives it the nostalgic appearance of CD boomboxes of yore, 2Pac and LL Cool J blasting on summer nights in the 90s (fyi: Ladies Love Cool James).

Nowadays, instead of rhyming, LL is acting on NCIS Los Angeles, and only dinosaurs like me still buy pre-recorded CDs.

Although I have an iTunes account, I prefer to buy and own CDs as my music source in case the iTunes pseudo cloud fails, or we all switch to the new format in the coming years. I can always rip them to the next format, and I don't have to worry about "digital rights management."

I'll always have my CDs, just in case. Have you completely gotten rid of your CDs?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 8,600 miles

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2011 Mazda 2: No USB?!

December 17, 2010

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Say what you want about sportier handling and it not being a Ford, but if you're selling a car to the youth market, why would you not even offer a USB port as an option?

It's not like your virtually in-house direct competition (Ford Fiesta) has one of the better iPod integration systems. Oh. Wait....

There are a lot of things I can get used to with a car: door locks on the center console for example, but as a living, breathing, i-addicted millennial, there's no way my hard earned money will ever go to a new daily driver that doesn't accommodate media players. Period. Surely there's something on your 'absolutely not' list.

The Mazda 2 is fun to drive, though...just wish I could've listened to music and not the tire noise.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 4,463 miles

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