2011 Mazda2 Coming in July

I first wrote about the Mazda 2 over three years ago. Finally, it’s coming to the United States. In fact, we’ll see the 2011 Mazda2 this July – so it’s only a few months away. Just like the name suggests, the Mazda2 is smaller than the current lightweight at Mazda dealerships – the Mazda3. Available only as a hatchback, the Mazda2 is priced starting from $14,730.

These days, there’s no shortage of competition in the subcompact hatchback segment. Off the top of my head, there’s the Accent, Rio5, Fit, Versa, and Yaris. The Mazda2 (and the upcoming Ford Fiesta) will have to fight for a piece of this pie. If gas prices continue to head northward, the segment should grow in volume.

2011 Mazda2 Quick Specs

  • 100 HP 1.5 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 4 speed automatic / 5 speed manual transmission
  • 15″ steel wheels
  • 28 MPG city / 34 MPG highway

A few things stand out when looking at the specs – the biggest one being the 4 speed automatic transmission. This is a model year 2011 car – there’s no reason in the world for it to have a 4 speed automatic. We’re done with that – 4 speeds tend to shift jerky, and provide poor fuel economy. In the case of the Mazda2, this holds true. While 34 MPG certainly isn’t bad, it’s not even close to exceptional in such a small car.

2011 Mazda2 Pics

Published on April 2, 2010 in Mazda

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