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2013 Mazda2: Zoom-Zoom Lightly

By Arv Voss, June 8th, 2013

The 2013 Mazda2 might well be considered "Zoom-Zoom Lightly Concentrated." This small dynamo falls into the subcompact segment.

Manufacturer photo: The Mazda2's taut wedge shape conveys athleticism, with its shortened body overhangs and trimmed corners further accentuating its slender physique
Manufacturer photo: The Mazda2's taut wedge shape conveys athleticism, with its shortened body overhangs and trimmed corners further accentuating its slender physique

The Mazda2 is a front-wheel-drive, five-door hatchback offered in two trim levels: Sport ($14,720); and Touring ($16,210). Both models draw their motive power from a 1.5-liter 16-valve inline four-cylinder with VVT and electronically-controlled fuel injection. The four-cylinder motor makes 100 horsepower at 6,000 rpm while generating 98 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional four-speed automatic transmission.

My most recent 2013 test Mazda2 came in Touring trim with the 5-speed manual gearbox. The exterior was sprayed Clear Water Blue metallic, and the interior sported Black patterned seating with Red piping and Charcoal trim elements. The base price was set at $16,210. While the as tested price amounted to $17,600. Available accessories include a rear bumper guard, wheel locks (Touring models only), all-weather floor mats, cargo net, center console with armrest and auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass, HomeLink and orange back-lit buttons.

The Mazda2 is comparable to Ford's Fiesta, but with gentler lines and curves. It is still appealing to the eye in a cute sort of way; diminutive while managing to provide plenty of room inside for occupants and gear. It is also fun to drive, with a pleasing ride quality.

The handling characteristics deliver an agile feel. The Mazda2 isn't a sports car mind you, but it manages to serve up a smattering of Mazda's "Zoom -Zoom" soul in its most concentrated form. It fits into an "opulence is out, sensible is in" genre. Mazda2 delivers good fuel economy, with five-speed manual transmission models yielding 29 miles per gallon city and 35 mpg highway.

Manufacturer photo: The Mazda2's taut wedge shape conveys athleticism, with its shortened body overhangs and trimmed corners further accentuating its slender physique

The Mazda2 displays an exaggerated wedge form, with short front and rear overhangs. A definitive character line runs from the front wheel well, rising along the shoulder to the taillamp. Up front is Mazda

Specifications

Base price $16,210 (as tested: $17,600)
Curb weight 2,306 lbs.
Displacement 1.5-liter
Epa mileage rating 29 mpg city, 35 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 11.3 gal.
Horsepower (net) 100 at 6000 rpm
Motor type 16-valve 4-cyl. w/EFI
Overall length 155.5 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 98 at 4000 rpm
Transmission 5-speed manual
Vehicle type 5-passenger FWD subcompact hatch
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