|Subcompact car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $5,400 – $13,700*|
2011 Mazda 2 Front
2011 Mazda 2 Rear
2011 Mazda 2 Profile
2011 Mazda 2 Front-2
2011 Mazda 2 Rear-2
Mazda’s entry-level car succeeds as a refined, fun-to-drive hatchback, with a cabin ambiance that belies its new-car price. Acceleration is far from quick, and it’s not quite as versatile as some rivals. These issues have been balanced by the Mazda 2’s reasonable new-car prices and lengthy list of standard features. Used-car prices might be less compelling, because Mazda 2s are holding their value rather well. Even so, if you’re shopping small, put this Best Buy subcompact near the top of your consideration list.
The Mazda 2 debuted for 2011 as this Japanese automaker’s new entry-level car. Available in several worldwide markets as the Demio, the Mazda 2 offered in the United States and Canada was a four-door hatchback, offered in Sport and Touring trim levels. The sole powertrain teamed a 100-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Mazda noted that controls were concentrated in the central area of the dashboard, with those used most often positioned closer to the driver. Standard safety features included antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. This was the first Mazda vehicle in North America to get the company’s Brake Override system, which was designed to prioritize the brake pedal over the accelerator pedal, should both be engaged simultaneously. Air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote entry, and 60/40 split-folding rear seat backs were standard on all models. Both models had 15-inch wheels: steel on the Sport edition and alloy on the Touring. Standard on the Touring edition were cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Touring versions also had upgraded cloth seat fabric with red piping, fog lights, and a rear roof spoiler. Following its global introduction in 2007, the early version of the Mazda 2 had been named “World Car of the Year.” Subcompact competitors for the Mazda 2 included the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Suzuki SX4, Scion xD, and Hyundai Accent.
Except for a newly optional, factory-installed center armrest, little was new for the 2012 Mazda 2.
The only change of note for the 2013 Mazda 2 was the addition is a USB port for the audio system on base Sport models.
There were no significant changes for 2014.