NutDriverRighty New Reader
6/27/11 9:32 a.m.

I, too, have a sport. Love it, but wish for more power. 10-15hp more would make me happy. Racing Beat axle-back exhaust and K&N filter not likely to give me that. Will keep on looking!

Turboeric New Reader
6/27/11 10:57 p.m.

I just test drove a Fiesta and a 2 back to back. Put the Fiesta drivetrain in the 2 and they'd have my money in a heartbeat. Right now Mazda Canada is offering 0% financing for 5 years, which makes it nearly free. The only thing holding me back is the thought of trying to pass on a 2 lane road in the mountains, which is something I have to do all the time. It's a car that could run a fast average as long as you didn't need to pass a semi.

trailbrake2088 New Reader
7/21/11 7:09 p.m.

At least one manufacturer understands us. I would like to see what it can do on a track with some sticky tires, oh hey you just bought one......

SlowPaul None
7/25/11 12:20 a.m.

I have had my 2 since March and have loved every minute behind the wheel since. My drive into work in the wee hours of the morning is nothing short of invigorating with blasts around right and left hand green arrows. The ride is comfy, yet still retains a bit of firmness to remind me that the 2 means business. With the addition of some lighter wheels and 140 tread wear Kumho XS' the fun factor has been multiplied by 10. The car is built solid and hasn't skipped a beat. It's practical and fun. I like to refer to my 2 as a "Japanese MINI Cooper."

pm_racing None
9/18/11 12:11 p.m.

We bought a 2 for my wife in January and I drive it every chance I get. Country roads where I live are a blast in this car. You're not going to win many drag races with the 2, but as light as it is, the acceleration is decent. Besides, cornering is more fun than going in a straight line.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Once-small cars like the Honda Civic and Mazda3 have grown up, leaving a hole for a new generation of compacts. For Mazda, their latest release for that new niche is the Mazda2.

While the basic specs seem puny by today's standards, they're not out of line for those of us who grew up in the '70s and '80s: an even 100 horsepower, 98 lb.-ft. of torque, $14K base price and a sub-2500-pound curb weight. The big question, however, is whether or not today's $4/gallon gas can push these compacts back into vogue.

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