2012 Mazda 2 Review
The 2012 Mazda 2 is a minimalist subcompact car that has been on the U.S. markets for one year and going into its second year you are still going to see the same high fuel economy card design. This car’s design is based on the ever popular Ford Fiesta, but with some differences. The 2012 Mazda 2 will have fewer amenities and less weight. You should be able to see the new 2012 Mazda in your local showrooms by the fall of 2012.
The Mazda 2 has been on sale in Europe, England, and Asia during 2007 so those markets are already quite familiar with the car. In their market there is also a two door hatchback which could come to the U.S. market. It is very unlikely that it will offer a four-door sedan like the Ford Fiesta in either of its markets. The Mazda 2 is due for a major makeover for the model year 2013 or so, but are not sure if Mazda will do any changes
Since the 2012 Mazda 2 is not really changing much from the 2011 Mazda 2 the question you have to decide is do you want a brand new 2012 Mazda 2 or would you like to save some money and buy a 2011 Mazda 2. You should still be able to buy a new 2011 Mazda 2 but if not, you can get a used one. The only differences between the two years are the traditional price hike and maybe a choice of a new color or two. Both the 2011 and the 2012 Mazda 2 will not look any different. They will still offer the Sport model, and the Touring Model.
• It is a small four-door hatchback known more for its personality than for what it looks like.
• It will still have its “crazy clown” corporate grill.
• Its shape provides the greatest interior space and occupies the least room on the road.
• Will officially seat five but in actuality, it is more for 2 adults in the front and two short legged people in the back.
• It has a 98.0 inch wheelbase, which is why there is little rear-seat legroom.
• The body length will make luggage space tight.
• Cargo volume with the read seat folded down will only be 27.8 cubic feet.
• Rear sear cushion is likely to remain immoveable, which precludes a flat load floor.
• The base curb weight will be below 2,350 pounds, which makes it among the lightest cars on the road.
• This car also includes all the basics like air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirror, and remote keyless entry.
• It comes with front torso protecting side airbags plus head protecting curtain side air bags.
Although the 2012 Mazda 2 shares its basic structure with the 2012 Ford Fiesta, the 2012 Mazda 2 only comes in a four-door hatchback and the 2012 Ford Fiesta comes in a four-door hatchback and a four-door sedan. The 2012 Ford Fiesta also has higher pricing with fancy styling and a fancy dashboard design, and is slightly larger but is no more roomier inside than the 2012 Mazda 2.
Mechanically speaking, the 2012 Mazda 2 will remain a conventional subcompact aimed to cut costs with simple engineering that will include front-wheel drive, rear-drum brakes, and your choice of a four-speed automatic transmission or the five-speed manual transmission. The engine will still be a 1.5 liter four-cylinder with 98 pound-feet of torque and 100 horsepower.
Although they are keeping it close to the vest as to the price of the 2012 Mazda 2, they do no figure it will stray much from the cost of the 2011 model. The price range will probably be somewhere between $15,080-$17,335, which is just below the subcompact price median. For the Sport model with the five-speed manual transmission the estimated base price will be $15,100 and for the four-speed automatic transmission the estimated base price will be $15,800. For the Touring model with the five-speed transmission the estimated base price will be $16,530 and for the four-speed automatic transmission the estimated base price will be $17,330.
You can add these extras to the car such as a Homelink garage-door transceiver and inside rearview mirror with an incorporated compass for around $300, a cargo net for around $40, and wheel locks for the Touring Model’s alloy wheels for around $50.
The gas mileage for the 2012 Mazda 2 will not likely be any different than for the 2011 Mazda 2, which were 20 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway for the five-speed manual transmission. For the four-speed automatic transmission the gas mileage was 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.
The only real competitors that the 2012 Mazda 2 has are the Ford Fiesta, the Honda Fit, and the Hyundia Accent. In Japan, they announced plans to start production of the electrified version of the Mazda 2, which they are hoping to have for lease in the spring of 2012. Unfortunately, they are only for the Japanese market and available only for fleet sales and government bodies. These cars are going to be in the 125 mile range on one charge.
If you are looking for a car with great gas mileage then the 2012 Mazda 2 is the car for you.
By : Patricia Johnson