2013 Mazda Mazda2 Review
Test drivers like the 2013 Mazda Mazda2’s responsive steering and simple interior, but say shoppers who want a strong engine and more optional interior tech should check out competitors.
All Mazda Mazda2 models have a four-cylinder engine that produces 100 horsepower and a standard five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional, and according to the EPA, this powertrain combination yields fuel economy ratings of 28/34 mpg city/highway, which are slightly less than the manual’s fuel economy estimates. Reviewers wish the automatic had six gears rather than four, but they still think it operates smoothly. They also note that the manual is their transmission of choice, but a few complain that its clutch is vague. While the automotive press agrees that the Mazda2’s engine is underpowered even for an affordable small car, they think the Mazda2 stands out in the class for its sharp handling, which makes it fun to drive. Reviewers also like its strong brakes.
Critics are disappointed that the 2013 Mazda2 doesn’t offer interior features like a navigation system, an infotainment system or a rearview camera, which are available on subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio, but they like that the available features are very easy to use. The Mazda2 comes with six standard airbags, and its safety score is below-average for an affordable small car. Reviewers say that the Mazda2 has great visibility in all directions and comfortable front seats, but they are divided over rear-seat comfort. Some think that two tall adults have enough legroom, but others say adults will be cramped. The 2013 Mazda2 is one of the smaller hatchbacks in the class, and reviewers think it doesn’t offer enough cargo space.
- "If you're looking for a small, inexpensive car that is big on fun and fuel economy and has some great exterior colors, the 2013 Mazda2 hatchback should do nicely." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2011)
- "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." -- Inside Line (2011)
Other Cars to Consider
If you need more cargo and passenger space than the Mazda2 offers, check out the Honda Fit. This hatchback has spacious front and rear seats, and its maximum cargo capacity rivals the cargo space found in some compact SUVs. The Fit’s engine is stronger than the Mazda2’s, and reviewers also say it’s fun to drive.
The Mazda2 doesn’t have the highest fuel economy ratings in the class, so if gas mileage is your priority, the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio should be on your shopping list. Both small cars, which are available as a sedan and hatchback, get up to 37 mpg on the highway and have more cargo space than the Mazda2. The Accent and Rio also offer more optional features.
Details: 2013 Mazda2
The 2013 Mazda2 seats five and is available in Sport and Touring trims. All trims have a four-cylinder engine and a standard five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional. The Mazda2 was introduced for the 2011 model year, so this overview uses research and reviews from 2011, 2012 and 2013.