This is a great little car if you want great gas mileage with very little maintenance cost. It is a hatch back so when you lower the back seats you can put quite a bit of items in the back. The only drawback I have found is it's size because it is small. I loose it in the parking lots because it hides behind larger cars! Great car for someone who wants great gas mileage, space for stuff, easy to drive and comfortable to drive. This is the perfect little bomb.
I have now had my 2012 two years and it has 31000 miles. The manual transmission, steering and handling are all very good for a car in this class. I also like having 4 doors on a subcompact hatchback. If you are looking for an inexpensive practical fun car this is it.
Tiny car with plenty of power and comfort. I'm 6.3 and I have enough space to say I'm comfortable. I do wish cruise control was a standard. The engine is very quite even at highway speeds but you will hear noise from the highway. It's handles very well. You do not feel like your in a golf cart. It also holds to road nicely especially if you have appropriate tires installed. Very simple tech but easy to use and works well. Mpg is about average 31-33 combined. Prolly more with manual trans. The auto is smooth and does not care to shift down and move if needed. Nice value as well. No major recalls like the fiesta. Nice little car for the money.
I owned a Porsche Boxster and have driven many high end sports cars including the Acura NSX. None of them are as fun as the Mazda 2 5SPD Manual. I bought the car used with low mileage and I use it daily and in autocross. It is a great little race car for autocross events. It makes driving fun. The engine is peppy and feels strong and the car is surprisingly quiet and smooth. With my spirited mixed city/highway driving, I average 29.5 mpg.
Cup holders are useless. They are positioned too far back, making it awkward to reach for drinks. If the arm rest is included, it blocks access to the cup holders and limits you from storing taller drinks like large water bottles.
The ABS is too intrusive. It activates under every bump and pot hole in the road. With the roads in PA, the ABS activates a few times each day in my commute to work. The ABS is also too loud.
A 2012 model car with no USB port?
A 2012 economy car without a standard fuel economy gauge?