2011 Mazda 2: Touchy Throttle Response
January 28, 2011
One annoying thing I've noticed about our Mazda 2 is its touchy throttle response. If the car's in neutral, for instance, and you just barely depress the pedal, the engine revs up more than it should given how little you actually pushed.
To be fair, I've mostly noticed this when trying to make heel-and-toe downshifts -- this non-linear throttle response makes it tricky to actually match revs. But it does show up some in normal driving, too, like when you're starting out in first gear. Depress the throttle pedal too much -- which is easy to do -- and the engine zings its way up and you're like, "Umm, no, I really don't need this much, thank you."
Maybe Mazda tuned it this way to compensate for the small 1.5-liter engine. But I'd much prefer a more nomal and linear throttle response.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor