2011 Mazda MAZDA2 vs. Its Competition

2011 Mazda2 First Drive
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With the Nissan Versa and Honda Fit already here, the 2011 Ford Fiesta on its way, the Fiat 500 to join at the end of the year and the possibility of the 2011 Audi A1—on top of the soon-to-expand MINI range—competition is going to be tough.

The MINI Cooper's 1.6-liter mill sounds a little better (and pulls a little harder, too), but it costs several grand more.

The Honda Fit is also sprightly and enjoyable to drive, and includes a more spacious, versatile interior with plenty of headroom for taller drivers as well as the especially handy Magic Seats in back that fold low and flat.

For those on an especially tight budget, the Nissan Versa is offered in a bare-bones model for about $10,000; it has a good ride and reasonably quiet interior—with more of a ‘big car’ feel overall—but it’s not much fun to drive.

The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is another one that might fit a tight budget but won’t raise a pulse.

Both the Yaris and the Aveo are due to be replaced.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2011 Mazda2 is fun to drive in a way that few other inexpensive econocars are.
5.2
The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is vastly improved from first glance; we'll reserve final judgement until road-test cars are made available.
8.0
The 2011 Honda Fit is like a mini-minivan in some respects, with an incredibly space-efficient design; yet it's peppy, frugal, and fun to drive.
7.0
For those focused on getting the most comfort and practicality for the least money, the 2011 Nissan Versa is a market standout.
6.0
The 2011 Toyota Yaris is a great city car for cost-conscious commuters, though those who expect a top-notch list of connectivity features will be disappointed.
8.6
The 2011 MINI Cooper/Convertible runs the gamut from smart econobox to thrusty sports convertible--all with unmatched driving feel and expertly interpreted styling heritage.
MSRP From     
$14,180$11,965$15,100$9,990$13,155$19,400
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class     
- TBD -CompactSmall Station WagonCompactSubcompactMinicompact
Style Name     
4-Door HB Manual Sport4-Door Sedan LS5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base3-Door Liftback Manual (SE)2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555554
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door HB4 Door Sedan5 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan3 Door Hatchback2 Door Coupe
Transmission     
ManualManual w/ODManualManualManualManual