Sometime this summer Mazda dealerships across the nation will begin taking delivery of the new 2011 MAZDA2
and its about time. Mazda fans in Japan, Europe and Australia have had access to these nimble little vehicles since 2007. Apparently they have become part of the scenery overseas: to date over 370,000 units have been sold. So now its our turn. How will fun-loving, green-seeking, penny-pinching Americans take to this new breed of Mazda? Like ducks to water is our best guess. The MAZDA2 has everything we yanks like in a car; attractive exterior, safety, enjoyable handling, creature comforts, and best of all, a minuscule price tag.
The body style of the MAZDA2 is amazingly compact. Although this model is a four-door
hatchback, Mazda abbreviated its frame to a mere 155.51 inches in length and 66.7 inches in width. Although small, the 2 is unlike other boxy compacts. There are no square angles to be found, every inch of the exterior is sleek and curvy as if carved by the wind. Weight has been minimized as well by use of a high-tensile steel throughout the frame. This lightweight steel not only reduces weight but is remarkably strong and therefore increases the overall safety of the vehicle. Other safety features including, four wheel anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control as well as ample airbags for both driver and passenger make the MAZDA2 a very safe ride. In fact, the MAZDA2 earned 5 stars (the highest possible rating) for crash safety ratings in the Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
Of course, Mazda
built some Zoom Zoom into the MAZDA2. Under the hood lies a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission. MacPherson struts have been added to the front and rear torsion-beam axles to enhance the road-to-driver experience while electric powered steering and advanced braking systems keep the driver in control despite challenging road conditions. There is room enough in the MAZDA2 for five humans or two humans and 13.3 cubic feet of cargo when the rear bench seat is folded down. The onboard humans will enjoy luxuries such as cruise control, in-dash stereo with CD player and MP3 Playback, steering wheel audio controls, power windows and climate control.
If success overseas is any indication of success here in the good old USA the new 2011 MAZDA2s will be hard for dealers to keep in stock. During its brief time on the planet the MAZDA 2 has already garnered over eighteen awards including the lofty title of World Car of the Year in 2008. All in all the 2011 MAZDA2 appears to be a lot of car for the teeny little MSRP starting at $14,500. If you think a 2011 MAZDA2 is in your future you best contact a Mazda dealer now to receive updates on its arrival, summer is just a few months away.