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Mazda announced today at the 2010 New York Auto Show that the 2011 Mazda2 hits dealerships this summer priced from $14,730 (*including the $750 destination charge). The cute little hatchback will provide some serious competition for the likes of the Honda Fit, and Ford will surely see some inner-family competition against its own Fiesta, which the Mazda2 is heavily based on.

The base Mazda2 Sport model is powered by a 100-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. (Opting for the autobox adds $800 to the bottom line). The list of standard features is what we'd expect from a vehicle in this segment, and includes things like ABS, stability control, traction control, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo and 15-inch steel wheels. Upgrading to the top-trim Touring model will cost you $16,185 including destination fees, and adds alloy wheels, upgraded seat cloth, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a chrome exhaust tip and a rear spoiler.

We're eager to get behind the wheel of the U.S.-spec 2, and we're crossing our fingers and toes in hopes that a Mazdaspeed2 will be in the cards, too, but we're thinking that the sprightly little hatch is already toting a not-insubstantial pricetag, especially as the significantly more grown up and altogether likable 2010 Mazda3 starts at $16,045 including delivery charges.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the car, and i'm sure its going to be a blast to drive... but its too expensive for what it is (especially after they add to the price for the Canadian market), especially with only a 1.5 with 100hp :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And a company like Mazda that touts their cars are a sporty alternative over should not just have an "adequate" powertrain"

        In Britain, Mazda also use the "zoom-zoom" advertising tagline - but nobody is even remotely gullible enough to believe that Mazda is a manufacturer solely of sports cars or cars with sporting aspirations.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I know all about the power/weight of early 90s small cars, I had a '91 Honda Civic Si many years ago."

        Ah, so you know this from a single C-segment Honda. What about all the A-segment, B-segment and C-segment offerings from every mainstream European and Japanese manufacturer at the time? 100bhp in a modern B-segment car won't set the world on fire, but it will be more than adequate for the car's intended purpose.

        I always here Americans crowing about how many cars they own per capita, yet they talk as if one car - no matter how big or small - should fulfil every need. Elsewhere in the world, a B-segment hatchback will primarily be a second or third vehicle, used mainly for commuting, shopping and other urban chores.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "hear", even.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know all about the power/weight of early 90s small cars, I had a '91 Honda Civic Si many years ago. It had 108hp and the weight is listed at 2284lbs. The latest weight figures im finding for the Madza2 is about the same, just under 2300lbs for US spec and it wouldn't surprise me if it ended up weighing more. So roughly the same weight, but down 8 horsepower, its only going to be adequate for power, nothing too "zoom-zoom" about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        100bhp in a 1.5 is more than ample. Back in the 90's, 100-110bhp was standard fare in a 1.6 before multipoint FI became the norm in smaller cars. 100bhp in a B-segment hatch will be plenty for zipping around urban environments and motorway cruising alike - especially in the States where people generally drive more slowly in many areas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "But the needs in Europe are different than the needs in North America."

        Rubbish. A B-segment car in North America will have to work no harder than many do in Europe. Blimey, you kids ... I've experienced enough of both Europe and North America not to have the wool pulled over my eyes on this issue.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "outbox" = spell check failure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just returned from a trip to Australia and these little guys were everywhere down there. Very popular. Along with the Hyundai i30s, they seemed to be about 1/2 the cars on the street -- other than those that were shaped like an El Camino.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, it would be hard to justify getting a 2 when you can get the 3 for $1315 more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because some people would rather have a fully loaded 2, than a base 3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the european/japanese version exterior that i have seen before..

      Hopefully it doesn't get too mucked up on it's way over here.

      a 100 horsepower 1.5 sounds pretty uninspiring... :(
      Isn't the fiesta getting a 1.6? Here i was thinking Mazda was the zoom-zoom version of Ford cars, not the other way around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it for what its worth, but I think i like my 09 fit more.

      1.5L 100HP vs 1.5 117HP

      I just received a mazda email about the 2 - quote more front legroom than the fit/versa,yaris

      but when comparing int size and HP numbers & cargo handling - its a diff story.

      Hope the drive it good - at least with the manual, cos its fun in the fit!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Predictable response from some. This is an inexpensive, fuel efficient, urban run about. If most of your driving is on the highway, guess what? You won't be buying a sub-compact.

      Given the fact that this car was named World Car of Year for 2008, I'm guessing it will be OK to drive. Mazda is highly regarded for its driving dynamics and everybody knows its way more fun to drive a slow (great handling) car fast than a fast car slow.

      The US is full of people who drive fast cars slow. I will never understand the appeal of spending a huge premium in price and fuel to do that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good price, but I think in order to take this over the Fit and Fiesta, you'd have to be a real Mazda head.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, the Geo Metro is back!!! Sweet!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had really high hopes for the 2 but this has turned into somewhat of a letdown.

      The interior alone is a letdown. It looks positively awful compared to the opulent (for its class) Fiesta or the much nicer looking Fit. It better drive really well, which I am sure it will because Mazda can work their magic.

      I don't think this is going to cut it. If I were in the market, my money would go to the Fiest or the Fit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its funny I swear last year when i watched Fifth Gear they tested Mazda2 and they mention Ford Fiesta was based on Mazda2 but Mazda2 are lighter than Ford Fiesta. They test the brake, acceleration, fuel economy and Mazda2 did well on everything and their secret is very light weight help stop faster/shorter, helps move faster, and use less fuel to move this small light car.
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