2012 Mazda Mazda2 Review
Reviewers say the 2012 Mazda2 manages to pack a lot into its small frame, but it does make some sacrifices.
The Mazda2 is tiny, but critics are impressed that this five-seater has comfortable seats and a well-made interior, while still managing to be a fun-to-drive city car. Unfortunately, many of their praises end there because the Mazda2 skimps in a few areas. Its cargo space is small compared with other hatchbacks, features like a USB port and navigation aren’t available and fuel economy is low for such a small car.
Despite these faults, reviewers like the Mazda2 because it’s stylish and a hoot to drive, but when they face the facts and stack the Mazda2 against its competitors, they realize that it’s merely average. Rivals can do everything the Mazda2 can, but better.
Other Cars to Consider
If you need more cargo and passenger space than the Mazda2 offers, check out the Honda Fit. This hatchback has comfortable seating for five, and its maximum cargo capacity rivals the cargo space found in some compact SUVs. The Fit’s standard Magic Seat flips four different ways to sit five people comfortably or haul something tall, long or wide.
While the Mazda2 is small, it doesn’t have the highest fuel economy ratings in the class. If fuel efficiency is your priority, the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio should be on your shopping list. Both of these small cars are available as hatchbacks, get up to 40 mpg on the highway and have more cargo space than the Mazda2.
The Mazda2 has two trims: Sport and Touring. There are no significant changes to the Mazda2 for the 2012 model year.
See the full list of 2012 Mazda2 specs.
- "Mazda's entry-level car succeeds as a refined, fun-to-drive hatchback, with a cabin ambiance that belies its price. It's far from quick, and it's not quite as versatile as some of its rivals. These issues are balanced by the 2's reasonable prices and lengthy list of standard features. If you're shopping small, put the Best Buy Mazda 2 at the top of your list." -- Consumer Guide
- "The … Mazda2 Touring hatchback is small done well. That means it has a peppy engine, nimble handling, reasonable all-around safety and a comfortable interior for five moderately sized adults." -- The Washington Post
- "But it's not a class leader. It's not the roomiest, it doesn't have the nicest interior and it isn't the most utilitarian subcompact sold in America." -- Edmunds