The reason? It's light. Very light. It weighs less than the second-gen Miata, clocking in at a svelte 2,306 pounds, a weight almost unthinkable in today's safety-obsessed marketplace. The light weight was earned through careful attention to what Mazda calls its "gram strategy," shaving weight from every component possible—and potentially saving both raw materials and fuel.
The 2011 Mazda2 gets good—though not great—fuel-economy ratings: 27 mpg city, 33 highway with the automatic, or 29/35 with the manual. But as The Car Connection's real-world driving experiences so far with the Mazda2 suggest, you're likely to see figures approach the 35 mpg mark, even if you flog it a little.