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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,352 - $10,811
Original MSRP: $14,180 - $16,435
MPG: 29 City / 35 Hwy
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2011 Mazda Mazda2 Interior

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Reviewers like the 2011 Mazda2’s interior. It has a nice design, is made of good materials, and even though it can’t seat five comfortably, the front row fits two just fine. The Mazda2’s interior is well-made, but its spartan compared with competitors that offer a lot more features like navigation and Bluetooth connectivity. 

  • "The interior is clean and uncluttered." -- The New York Times
  • "Materials and assembly are at or above class standards. Plastics offer a pleasing grain and panels fit together well on our test car." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin is seriously quiet at speed with minimal wind, engine or tire noise flooding the cabin. It's easily up to the task of long-distance trips, but we might still err on the side of the Fiesta for long hauls, if only for its more supportive seats." -- Autoblog
  • "The interior design is pleasing, but the features list is surprisingly short." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The 2011 Mazda2 seats five, but test drivers say it’s a good idea to limit seating to four. The backseat is not very comfortable for adults, especially on long trips. The front seats, however, are very comfortable and offer good leg- and headroom. 

The Mazda2’s steering wheel tilts but doesn’t telescope, so some drivers may have a hard time finding a comfortable driving position. The Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta come standard with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. 

For a closer look at the Mazda2's seats, check out our Mazda2 video.

  • "Headroom up front is good, but the seat's vertical adjustment runs on a forward incline, as many do. I'm 5-foot-11, and I had adequate legroom with the seat lowered all the way. Jack it up to a comfortable height, and drivers my size will find the steering wheel too close for comfort. The rear seats are tight, and the cargo volume behind them -- 13.3 cubic feet -- is par for the field." -- Cars.com
  • "The seats are very comfortable and feature surprisingly prominent side bolsters, which do a good job of holding occupants in place." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Still, we packed our 6-foot-2 Detroit editor into the green machine and insisted he try the backseat after setting the driver seat in his preferred position. Headroom was a bit tight and his knees touched the seatback, but remarkably, he admitted he'd be comfortable back there for short trips. " -- Edmunds
  • "Amazingly, the 2 passed my back-seat test. A six-foot passenger will fit behind a six-foot driver. But that passenger’s head will brush the headliner. It is a four-seat car, and not a five." -- MarketWatch

Interior Features

The base 2011 Mazda2 comes with a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, an auxiliary jack for MP3 players, air conditioning, power locks and windows and keyless entry. If you upgrade to the Mazda2 Touring, you add a six-speaker stereo, cruise control, steering-wheel mounted stereo controls and upgraded cloth seats.

When reviewers check out the Mazda2’s interior, they can’t help but compare it with the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit whose features are top notch, especially for the class. The Fiesta and Fit, for example have USB ports that allow drivers to connect their iPod. The Mazda2 doesn’t. The Fiesta and Fit have optional navigation systems and Bluetooth connectivity. The Mazda2 doesn’t, but shoppers can opt for a portable Garmin navigation system, which is cheaper than Ford’s SYNC system and Honda’s built-in console.

Shoppers willing to overlook the Mazda2's limited interior features shouldn’t be too disappointed. The Mazda2 has a nice interior that’s fitted with cabin materials that are good for the class, and its controls are easy to use.

Check out our Mazda2 video for a first hand look at its interior features.

  • "The audio controls are clearly marked and easy to use. The climate controls are handy rotary dials, though the markings to indicate which way air flows are a bit on the small side." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Helping the cause up front are a tilt steering wheel and seat tracks long enough to accommodate mutants. Notably, though, both the Fit and Fiesta offer a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Our 2011 Mazda 2 was a Touring model equipped with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. However, the fact that it lacks a dedicated iPod or USB jack is an inexcusable oversight in its interior." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2011 Mazda2 has cargo space that's in line with what you might expect from a small city car. There are 13.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. However, if you fold those seats down, the space grows to 27.8 cubic feet. While the folding rear seats are helpful, reviewers say the cargo room available in the Mazda2 just isn’t adequate, especially compared with the Honda Fit whose 57.3 cubic feet make it one of the most utilitarian cars in the class.

Watch our Mazda2 video for a real-word look at how it handles cargo.

  • "Interior storage is disappointing. The door pockets are reasonably sized, but the glovebox is small." -- Consumer Guide
  • "What's more, the Mazda lacks the Honda's flat-folding ability that greatly increases usable space. We were able to fit one international-size suitcase behind the 2's upright rear seats, nothing more." -- Edmunds

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