2013 Mazda Mazda2 Overview
Now in its third year in the US after coming over in 2011, the diminutive 2013 Mazda Mazda2 is the entry-level vehicle in Mazda’s lineup of driver-friendly vehicles.
When we say driver-friendly, what we mean is that Mazda has long put forth drivability as one of the hallmarks of their cars and they have attempted to do the same with the Mazda2 in a segment that’s notorious for cars that are inexpensive and drive that way. For 2013, the Mazda2 adds a USB port to its stereo that is standard on all trims.
The Mazda2, unlike its larger relative the Mazda3, only comes in one body style: a four-door hatchback. It’s slightly less “smiley” than the three as well, the black mesh front air dam looks more geometric than the orange slice that’s found on the Mazda3. The windshield sweeps back aggressively and a prominent character line that runs from the front wheel up the side of the car gives you the impression that wherever the Mazda2 is going, it’s trying to get there in somewhat of a hurry.
There is only one available engine – a 100-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder that is mated to your choice of a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Were it up to us, we’d opt for the manual every time, it’s a better drive and it delivers superior fuel economy compared to the automatic: 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, compared to 28/34 respectively.
Inside there is seating for five passengers, but we wouldn’t recommend consigning an adult to the rear seats for any extended period of time unless they’ve wronged you in some blatant fashion. There is a pretty good list of standard features, considering the Mazda2’s base price: power windows and lock, air conditioning, a stereo with USB pot and auxiliary audio input, and keyless entry are all standard. There aren’t many options to speak of, save some steering wheel controls for the audio system and cruise control and upgraded cloth seating.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control.
The 2013 Mazda2 displays impressive value at the pump and on its price tag, proving that fun-to-drive and affordable aren’t mutually exclusive.