• May 21, 2010
2011 Mazda2 – click above for high-res image gallery

You only have two more months to wait for the Mazda2 to appear in your local showroom, but you can start practicing your mixing and matching right now with the newly freed dealer order guide. The 2011 Mazda2 starts at $13,980 plus a $750 destination charge and goes all the way up to $16,980, including destination charges for the top-flight automatic Touring model. That last figure is actually $945 more than the larger Mazda3, so if you might want to crunch some numbers if you're pondering going high-end, but even if you do, you're still looking pretty sweet against competitors like the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent.

On top of the a 100-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that comes with the car, you can play around with options such as fog lights, portable Garmin navigation, a Motorola hands-free device and a kayak carrier. Check out the guide in our gallery below and let the configuration games begin.




[Source: Mazda via Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I predict the Fiesta will destroy it in sales.

      Better engine, better transmission, and no stupid smiley face.
        • 4 Years Ago
        IMO They both will do poorly. Consumers will choose the stripped down 2 or Fiesta or the Stripped down 3 or Focus. Gas Prices will stay below 3 dollars a gallon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        these cars will do fine. Frugality is engrained into the American psyche after this last recession.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford appears to prefer the "constipated frowny face" instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think anyone who's looking at buying the new Fiesta has any bad association with the name. Most of them weren't driving anything but Powerwheels back then.
        • 4 Years Ago
        rllama...the problem is the old Fiesta was a decent car. And I work with a guy who has actually owned two brand new Festivas and he said those were even good cars. It's just years of neglect of those vehicles that give them the bad name.

        Ford should have probably used another name for the Fiesta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If Mazda want to have any hope of selling these, they need their Sky-G engine in there, to boost performance and fuel economy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ mikhalian

        Oh, there is, and a bog one - Mazda 2 is made in Japan.

        Fiesta's not....

        • 4 Years Ago
        The thing that might push people toward the Mazda, if they were looking at one or the other, is the Fiesta name, which a lot of Americans likely still associate with the old Fiestas and Festivas. With the Mazda you don't have to have that conversation where you say "Yeah, I have a Fiesta - no, the new one... they're nice now - not the kind from the 80s".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, like others have mentioned there isn't a good reason to choose this over the Fiesta. 100HP is weaksauce for a compact in the US, it better drive REALLY well.

      Mazdaspeed2 anyone? That would definetly change my mind...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The engine is solid and feels very peppy with the 5-speed, but I can't see the 2 taking off with the price tag it will carry. It is a nice car for an eyelash below $15K, not an eyelash above the base Mazda3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just read over the spec sheet entirely.

        $16,000 for a manual 100HP Touring model? Are they nukin' futs???

        I LOVE me some Mazdas (own 2), but my money would go to a Fit Sport, Fiesta hatchback, or a Accent SE for that kind of scratch. The interior looks pretty bad as well compared to the Fiesta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am sure the engine is sufficient given the car is a featherweight. I will certainly test drive one for fun next time I take one of my vehicles in for service.

        American consumers won't see it that way though, 100HP is a figure from vehicles straight out of the 90's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Mazda2 has 18 less hp but also has 150 less lbs.

        I imagine they will have comparable 0-60 and 1/4 mile with possibly brake test numbers favoring the 2 a little.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it looks like Hyundai i20
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think both the Fiesta and the 2 look great, but the realities of the marketplace are going to kick in and I guarantee that the Fiesta is going to outsell the 2 by a HUGE margin.

      Ford simply has a much, much larger marketing push behind the Fiesta and Ford dealerships probably outnumber Mazda dealerships by like 10-to-1. People simply are not going to buy a car if their closest dealer is 100 miles away when they might have 2 or 3 Ford dealers within 10 miles. (OK, I might be exaggerating a little bit, but probably not by much)

      I'd also be willing to bet that the Fiesta comes with more available options and features which will increase the number of people that get interested in it. I think both cars are going to be good sellers, but Ford is going to have a huge hit on their hands unless something crazy happens (like the bazillion of recalls that the 1st gen Focus had when it first came out).
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one happy Fiesta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so did we decide mazda got the short end of the stick on this one because the mazda3's looked so palatable against the focus for so many years?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everyone's knocking the 2 for its weak engine, but I bet it fails on its interior (compared to the Fiesta). Not to mention, a 4-speed auto? I guess I don't know the kind of people who buy cars in this segment, but my roommate - who knows next to nothing about cars - opted for an Outback over a Forester because of the 4-speed auto in the Forester. So at least educated consumers pay attention to that, not just car folks such as us. But he's college educated, so, like I said, I don't know if the same holds true in this segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, non-driving-enthusiasts. Ruinin' it for the rest of us :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dunno, but despite the smiley face, I much prefer the exterior appearance of the Mazda over that of the Fiesta, which appears to be groaning in pain. For some reason the face of the next Focus is much more palatable, even though there is an obvious family resemblance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ emperorkoku: People actually buy automatics?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both the 2 and the Fiesta are included on my short list to replace my trusty xA in another year or two. I haven't seen any official EPA mileage figs for the 2 yet, but if the 1.5 in the 2 can eke out another MPG or two over the 1.6 in the Fiesta, then the 2 would move ahead of the Fiesta (for me, anyway).

      Bases on the currently known specs, the Fit (which I haven't driven yet), the 2, and the Fiesta all look like excellent choices for someone looking for an economical hatchback.

      However, #1 on my list is the upcoming Scion iQ, but only if Toyota reverses their CVT-only stance here in the States and decides to offer it with a proper manual trans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just realized from your comment that you'll probably opt for the manual (even though the Fiesta's automatic would net you a 3mpg gain over its manual). So disregard my previous comment...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Mazda2 will probably have worse fuel economy, since it has a 4-speed traditional auto, instead of a 6-speed double automated dry-clutch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This ain't the first time Mazda has gotten the short end of the stick. Ever hear of the B-Series or Tribute? Both rebadges and absolutely meaningless.

      Anyways, give me the Fiesta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        However, in the case of the 2 and Fiesta, Mazda's design/engineering team was the principal in the project, with Ford tailoring it to their needs. So taking the 2 in the traditional, cheap, econo-penalty-box direction was Mazda's choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, this design looks dated already in comparison to the Fiesta. I think the Ford will be a top seller in the segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure, we are all speculating here...this is the internet. I would like to sit in both and drive each to have a full understanding as well. This is a gut feeling based on the looks of both the interior and exterior we have seen so far. It seems the Fiesta is better resolved in comparison to the Mazda2. I personally would consider dropping down into a loaded Fiesta if it tracks well on the highway. My only concern is that it is just too small... I also need to see it/drive it to provide any real answers.

        The Fiesta and the new Focus appear to be well thought out small cars from a North American based auto manufacturer. I don't care if they were designed in Europe or made in Mexico. They are true Ford products that have genuine curb appeal in a segment where no North American based auto company has had any positive effect... ever. They seem the ral deal and I want to try them out and will give them the benefit of the doubt based on all of the great initial reviews so far.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not to mention 17 class exclusive attributes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fiesta will unquestionably outsell the MAZDA2 by simple virtue of its much broader dealer base. The Focus always outsold the 1st gen MAZDA3, but I think we all know which was the superior vehicle. I wouldn't dare pronounce a winner between these two, untill I drive each one. Aesthetically, I give the Fiesta the edge, but I haven't actually been inside a 2 yet. I know the Fit appears to have greater interior room than either one of them. All three will make this segment far more viable than it ever has been.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No option of a sunroof in a "premium" small car if you buy Mazda 2.
      Sunroof is available on Versa, MINI, Golf, Aveo, Fiesta, Accent.
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