2012 Mazda MAZDA2 Comfort & Quality

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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.

The 2012 Mazda Mazda2 is inexpensive without being cheap, but it offers comfortable seats and appears quite well screwed together.

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.

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