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2012 Mazda Mazda2 Overview

The 2012 Mazda Mazda2 packs a stylish design and quality driving performance into a compact five-seat hatchback that’s fun to drive. Available in two packages, Sport and Touring, the Mazda2 competes with the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris.

A 100-horsepower, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine powers the Mazda2, with choice of 5-speed manual or upgradeable 4-speed automatic transmission. The electronically-assisted power steering provides excellent handling response and the pedal and brakes offer solid response.

The Mazda2 receives a fuel economy rating of 28 to 29 mpg in the city and 34 to 35 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission choice, and runs on regular gasoline.

The four-door hatchback seats five with driver and front passenger sport cloth bucket seats, with six-way driver manual adjust, and a 60/40-split fold rear seat, providing good passenger space for its size. The Touring model accents the cloth seats with red piping and has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, with cruise control and steering wheel-mounted controls. Air conditioning, power windows, and power door locks with remote keyless entry are all standard features. Cargo volume with the rear seats folded up measures 13.3 cubic feet, and folding the rear seats down provides a total of 27.8 cubic feet of storage. The AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system with audio input jack has four speakers in the Sport model, and six speakers in the touring model, which also comes with steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

The Mazda2 translates its fun-to-drive feel with the wide grinning black front grille that’s typical of most Mazdas. The elongated front end incorporates angular headlights that point inward toward a smaller front grille with embedded Mazda logo. The taillights angle into the hatchback, and a rear liftgate spoiler is mounted on the top of the rear window of the Touring model. Halogen headlights are standard on both models, and the Touring model features standard fog lights. Fifteen-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers adorn the Sport model, and the Touring model features 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

Both the Sport and Touring models include front and front-side impact, and side curtain airbags. The anti-lock brake system includes electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, and the Mazda2 also comes with dynamic stability control and traction control systems. Side-impact door beams, a foldable brake pedal assembly, and a collapsible steering column provide structural safety for the driver and passengers. Security features include a keyless remote panic button, engine-immobilizer anti-theft system, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Mazda’s 2012 Mazda2 shines in driving performance and responsiveness, and provides a surprising amount of passenger space for a vehicle of its size.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 29 MPG
  • Highway: 35 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Acceptable
  • Rear Safety: Acceptable

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

18 of 19 (94%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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