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    I drove a Mazda2

    So, a few days ago, i got to drive a mazda2. My 5 was in for an oil change, and they just got a few 2's in at the dealership. (the first ones in MI)

    They weren't even prepped yet since their guy was out sick. Apparently they have to do some extra things to the manual transmissions before they can be test driven, so they brought out an auto touring model for me to check out. It had no gas in it, so they had to go get some first. Also, being not prepped, the electronics weren't working at all. No radio, no electric locks, so i cannot say anything about those. I couldn't even open the rear hatch since there was no electronics and no key hole. (and we couldnt find a lever from the inside either.)

    First look. I like it. The smile isn't crazy. (black does hide it best though)
    (sorry, only cell phone pics)




    The seats are comfortable, and the interior is nice and simple, the way i like it. Just don't expect any high end materials here, it is an economy car in the purest form. Fit and finished seemed nice though. I like the seat that the touring gets.





    It has traction control... silly government needs.

    Anyways... I'm 6'0'' and have fairly long legs. I was able to be pretty comfortable in the 2. As will the other 2 mazdas i own, i had the seat all the way back. Even so, I sat in the back seat, (with the drivers seat still all the way back) and was ok. My knees touched, but only when my legs were together. Cannot say the same about my protege5.

    I kind of wish the rear seats folded all the way down. It looks like they could have easily done like they did with my protege5 to accomplish this. Have the bottoms of the seats rotate forward leaving room for the backs to fold down.

    So, driving impressions. This is where the 2 shines. Still wish i could talk about the manual, but oh well. The steering is spot on. You touch the wheel, and it goes that way. It handled the crappy MI roads very well too. It was quiet (way quieter than my protege5) and composed. When you hit the gas, you could still hear the little 1.5L scream to get you going though. I thought the 2 had plenty of power. I drive a protege. It is slow, i understand how to drive slow cars. But it is plenty of fun. The auto was eager to downshift with little to no lag whatsoever! Now, what surprised me is that mazda has been making all their autos sport automatics since 2003. This one did not have the manual function. I call this a miss in my book. That is a lack of zoom zoom. Like i said, the auto downshifted when needed, but i use my sport auto function in my protege5 all the time, and find it odd that it was missing in this car.

    So, nice little car here, at a descent price, but how will it fair against the competition. Others compare it to the Fit, or Versa, but the most direct competition I think will be from its own sibling, the Ford Fiesta.

    The fiesta is slightly larger, has a larger, more powerful engine, get better MPG (so the EPA says) and has the option of a 6 speed DSG auto. I have priced them out, and for what I want (5 door, manual) the 2 and the fiesta price out almost even at 16K. Now, the Fiesta has way more options, and can be over 20K if you want.

    So basically I need to drive a fiesta now. It will come down to driving impressions for me. The 2 is very nice, but the fiesta is just as nice, and has more to give. I'm guessing that the 2 will be sportier to drive, but most Americans will not car.

    I would though. So it will have to be seen as to how nice the fiesta is on the road.
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    I've driven an EDM Fiesta and it was fun, but it didn't drive like a Mazda sadly
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    I saw that the dealership near me has a few. I want to go check one out. It's very likely that it could be a Protege replacement.

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    I went and saw the Mazda 2 Yozora edition yesterday at the dealer. Sucks that it was an auto. But it was nice to see some Toyo T1Rs on the car. They were pretty sticky.
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    what is that? some canadian edition? what is different about it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinVs View Post
    what is that? some canadian edition? what is different about it?
    http://www.revmods.com/2011-mazda2-yozora-edition/
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    cool. love the wheels and spoiler. also love that they give you guys winter wheels and tires.
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    i stopped by and checked out a yazora too the other day, didn't waste my time driving it since it was auto but when they get a shipment of 5 speeds i'm gonna take one for a rip.

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    FINALLY!!

    was relatively nice out today and the roads were mostly dry, so i left work at 3:30 and hit the mazda dealership. test drove a base model with a/c w/ 5 speed in true red. what a car! such a nimble little thing and i was quite impressed with the power despite it having only 150km on the odometer. would certainly lossen up and become more free as it got broken in. it was rev limited too as it wouldn't go near redline.

    but such a chuckable fun car. anywhere you turned, it went with no arguments. i even managed to activate the stability control a few times as it was getting oversteery. then i found the button to turn it off so it would leave me alone. the 5 speed was great, nice short throws.

    the car was super quiet compared to the P5 (wouldn't take much) and the ride was quite comfy. could do for more side bolsters, but it is still an econobox. tried to ask about the difference betwen the gx and gs seats but the guy just showed me the yozora seats saying that it was the premium model, but its just a base slatherd with accesories. dunno if the gs seats are different or just prettier. he also said you couldn't get a leather wrapped wheel, but the gs comes standard with it. i don't think he had been there that long.

    anyways it was awesome to finally get to drive it, super fun. just a shame that i can't buy one. too small for the family, getting a smaller-midsize suv when the time comes. its such a pain right now lugging the twins and all their junk around in the P5.

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    This is it. I drove the Fit and the Fiesta before I settled on the 2. It was just stupid fun driving this car, and it was <2K less than than the Fit and the Ford. I bought it for 15K out the door including reggie, plates, tax, etc.

    The car became my FWD Miata, it just points and goes. The steering is awesome. Power is lacking but handling makes up for it.

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