- hatchback 56,993
- below average 802
- 7,995 good
- Anchorage, AK
- 3 years
- below average 802 hatchback 56,993 gasoline blue manual
2013 mazda mazda2 review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Zoomy little hatch. introductionthe mazda2 is a five-seat hatchback, a front-wheel-drive subcompact with fresh, eye-catching style. There's a big grinning front grille and an attractive hood, fenders, headlamps, bumper, air intakes and 15-inch wheels. new for 2013 is a usb port for the mazda2's standard audio system, the absence of which we bemoaned previously. It's paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. in pursuit of good gas mileage, acceleration and responsive handling, mazda focused on keeping the car light, by using high-strength steel with more welds (and less steel overall), and weld-bonded adhesives in the body. Engineers looked for dozens of places to save a few pounds, for example the wiring harness, door locks and latches, radiator, automatic transmission shifter, pedals, stereo speakers. as a result, the 2013 mazda2 is the lightest subcompact sold in america, even lighter than the smaller fiat 500, and way lighter than the ford fiesta, although the toyota yaris is a close second. although it's not necessarily powerful, the mazda2's 100 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque is plenty for everyday driving, and its svelte 2306-pound curb weight helps it to achieve an epa-estimated 29/35 mpg city/highway with the manual gearbox and 28/34 mpg with the automatic. but mostly, the mazda2 is way fun to drive. Shifting the manual 5-speed is slick and easy. Brakes and steering are responsive. It rides smoothly and its small footprint makes it easy to maneuver and park in city traffic. seats are comfortable and supportive, and we liked the thick, sporty steering wheel. Although rated as a five-seater, we wouldn't subject a fifth person to the back seat for long, but that's no different than any other car in this class. All of these, with the exception of the fiesta, beat the mazda2 on rear legroom. All use a 1. 5-liter inline-4 engine that makes 100 hp and 98 lb. Bluetooth wireless for hands-free cellphone operation 95) is available, also a rear bumper guard 80), cargo net 40), center console with armrest 170). Accessories include a bike rack, a roof rack, a roof basket, an interior cargo box, side sill extensions, ski rack, snowboard rack, surfboard rack, and a kayak carrier. safety equipment includes frontal airbags, side-impact and side curtain air bags, stability control, traction control, front disc brakes and rear drum brakes with abs, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. walkaroundthe styling is fresh, and it's eye-catching in a cute sort of way. The grille isn't loved by everyone, but it is distinctive. mazda2 presents a soft wedge shape with trimmed corners, sweet hatchback slope, and a nice 0. 31 coefficient of drag. The sideview is sporty and sculptured, with body-colored door handles and a laid-back windshield. The halogen headlamp units flow from the gentle bulge of the front fenders. A wide upswept character line climbs back and up from the front wheel wells. the hood, fenders, headlamps, bumper, air intakes and 15-inch wheels are all well done, adding character. The three-spoke steering wheel works well, with a meaty rim that makes the mazda2 feel like a sports car, and a padded hub. We think it might look better without all that aluminumy plastic trim on the wide spokes, but no big deal. It tilts for adjustment, and the driver's seat raises and lowers, so almost anyone can find a good place behind the wheel. aluminum-colored plastic mazda calls silver garnish adorns vents, armrests, shift knob and gate, where it looks good in sparing doses. the shifter, manual or automatic, rises from just below the instrument panel where the center console would be if there was one. There's a console with storage tray and cupholders that goes between the seats, with an optional leather padded armrest that we found nice to have. It's no stretch at all to shift gears. The 5-speed stick is easy to reach and fun to use. the dashboard flows in a continuous line and curves away from occupants, making the cabin feel wide. Certainly there's lots of elbow room. Mazda engineers worked carefully on the position and cross-sectional shape of the a-pillars, which along with a low beltline enable clear forward visibility and also help the car feel roomy. the cluster of three gauges in front of the driver's eyes is shaded by an eave, with the speedometer in center, smaller tachometer on the left, and the rest in one gauge on the right. In the center of dashboard there's a large round binnacle with sound system information, a cd slot, and three dials for the climate control. For 2013, mazda has added a usb port for the audio system. Cargo capacity is 13. 3 cubic feet behind the 60/40 split folding second seat, and 27. 8 cubic feet with the second seat folded flat. driving impressionthe 1. 5-liter engine in the mazda2 is one of the smallest gasoline engines on the u. Market, but its performance is exciting for its size. We drove the 5-speed manual version, and have doubts that mazda's 4-speed automatic is quite as much fun. But it's perhaps more practical for stop-and-go city driving. the engine pulls well at lower revs and comes on stronger at 4000 rpm where the torque peaks. It sounds good above 4000, and zings responsively all the way up to 6300 redline. It's not exactly gutless, but it doesn't have the oomph of the ford fiesta's 1. 6-liter engine with 119 horsepower. at 75 or 80 mph, the mazda2 is smooth. The brakes have a nice responsive feel, and stop the lightweight car quickly. Vented discs in front, drums in the rear, with abs, brake force distribution and brake assist. the suspension is fairly conventional, with macpherson struts in front and a trailing-arm torsion beam in back. We drove the mazda2 over twisty two-lanes on the california coast, and found that it cornered flat and sucked up most bumps. The electric power steering reacts quickly. summarythe 2013 mazda 2 is a good choice in the subcompact segment for those looking for sporty driving dynamics and distinctive design. The mazda2 is a fun and stylish new addition to the mazda line-up, bringing a fresh competitor to the burgeoning subcompact market in north america. The sport is equipped with electric power steering, anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, power door locks with remote keyless entry, air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, six airbags and.
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