2012 Mazda MAZDA2 vs. Its Competition

2011 Mazda MAZDA2 4-door HB Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If you want a compact hatchback with good gas mileage, a pretty well-designed interior, and plenty of features for the money, you have plenty of options this year.

The Nissan Versa has all of those things--including a roomier interior and the ride of a larger car--but it's simply not fun to drive.

The all-new Chevrolet Sonic is an excellent entry in the market, with a more comfortable, refined feel.

Also worth considering is the Toyota Yaris; it's also been redesigned for 2012 but remains on the more practical, comfort-oriented end of the scale.

One of our editors' favorites remains the Honda Fit; its more spacious, versatile interior has plenty of headroom for taller drivers as well as an especially handy Magic Seat arrangement that lets the rear seats be folded low for cargo.

The base MINI Cooper is another fun-to-drive alternative, but it costs thousands more.

Also, next to the Ford Fiesta, we tend to like the Mazda2's powertrain and tuning a bit more, although the Ford definitely has the upper hand for features.

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Quick Specs
7.0
With a zippy driving feel and good real-world gas mileage, the 2012 Mazda2 really stands out among entry-level vehicles.
8.0
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
7.6
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
8.0
The 2012 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
6.6
The 2012 Nissan Versa is a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car for used-car money—but if you're a stickler for the details it can feel as cheap as it is.
8.6
In all of its guises the 2012 MINI Cooper is fun-to-drive, uniquely styled, and with three standard levels of performance, there's an option for everyone.
MSRP From     
$14,530$13,865$13,200$15,325$10,990$19,500
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
- TBD -Subcompact CarSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompactMinicompact
Style Name     
4-Door HB Manual Sport4-Door Sedan LS 1LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555554
Passenger Doors     
444N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door HB4 Door SedanSedan5 Door Hatchback4 Door SedanCoupe
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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