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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
The interior of the Mazda 2 can’t shake the economy-car vibes
Car and Driver
balanced, solid, compliant ride
much more quiet and comfortable than we've come to expect in this class
Some of the dash plastics feel cheap and clunky, and those front seats are severely lacking not only support, but overall comfort.
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
Despite its small exterior, the 2012 Mazda2 offers good legroom for four adults--but they'll be much happier if none of them is more than 6 feet tall. Occupants of that height will max out the headroom, even in the front seats, and taller front occupants will have to adjust the front seat to the point where only small children will fit behind them. The subcompact Mazda2 is actually close on interior space to the larger compact Mazda3, surprisingly.
The interior is nice-looking but doesn't impress one way or the other, with supportive and comfortable seats up front. The fabric is hardly premium, but the texture goes beyond plain old cloth, and the red piping in the Touring model adds an unexpected touch of color. Still, the Mazda2 may be best used as a two-person vehicle, with the rear seat folded flat to offer maximum load space.
Fit and finish suits the least expensive car in Mazda's lineup. It's built to be inexpensive, but not cheap. The plastics feel durable, but hardly look stylish, and they keep the cabin quiet and free of rattles, squeaks, and groans. The likely buyer is either a college student or first-time car owner, and a cost-conscious one at that, who won't mind the deliberate omission of polish and panache in the interests of efficiency and low purchase price.
The 2012 Mazda Mazda2 is inexpensive without being cheap, but it offers comfortable seats and appears quite well screwed together.