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6.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$13,996
BASE MSRP
$14,180
On Quality
The 2011 Mazda2 is one of the smallest and least expensive cars on the market; that said, its seating, comfort, and interior appointments are quite respectable.
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The interior of the Mazda 2 can’t shake the economy-car vibes
Car and Driver

balanced, solid, compliant ride
MSN Autos

much more quiet and comfortable than we've come to expect in this class
Popular Mechanics

Some of the dash plastics feel cheap and clunky, and those front seats are severely lacking not only support, but overall comfort.
Autoblog

The 2’s back seat is a little short on headroom, and there’s no center headrest, but a couple of kids or small adults will fit fine.
Car and Driver

The Mazda2 is a very small car, and the way that seating has been configured, it's not a comfy home for drivers much taller than six feet. Those over that mark will find headroom tight, while only small children would be able to fit behind them. Regular-sized folk will find legroom front and rear surprisingly good, however, with enough room to seat most adults at all four corners. Compared to the Mazda3, you're not giving up much interior space.

For its price range, the interior is nice but not special, the seats comfortable and supportive but not sporty, and the cargo room is better than you'd expect with the almost coupe-like profile, especially once you lay down the 60/40 split folding seats.

The fit, finish, and feel of the Mazda2 really is one of inexpensiveness, not cheapness. There's no outright lack of quality, but rather a cost-conscious lack of polish and panache. And that fits right in with the Mazda2's role as a cost-conscious city car, fuel-conscious commuter, third/fourth car for the luxury/sports car owner, and entry-level sporty hatch for the first-time buyer or college student. The plastics used aren't particularly pretty, but they feel durable; they aren't particularly nice to the touch, but they enclose the cabin quietly and without squeaks or rattles; the fabrics aren't premium, but they have texture that makes them feel and look like more than simple cloth.

Conclusion

The 2011 Mazda2 is one of the smallest and least expensive cars on the market; that said, its seating, comfort, and interior appointments are quite respectable.

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