Mazda Reveals Hazumi Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Mazda is on a styling roll these days with the beautiful Mazda6 sedan and appealing Mazda3 compact making waves for their swoopy looks. That leaves the small Mazda2 next in line for a revision. We may have just gotten a look at its future with the unveiling of the new Hazumi concept at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Featuring the latest version of Mazda's "Kodo" design language, the company likes to draw comparisons to animals for the look of the subcompact five-door hatchback. Phrases such as "cheetah-like face" with the "look of an animal on the prowl" are not inappropriate. However, the Hazumi does have a dynamic, sculpted look that wouldn't be out of place in Mazda showrooms as the next Mazda2. The lines almost evoke an Alfa Romeo feel to the car, with elements of Mazda's other vehicles thrown in.

By Aaron Bragman | March 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mazda2

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You might have dated someone like this: attractive looks and fun to be around, but dealing with problems inside that are revealed as you get to know each other better. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the 2013 Mazda2 offers potential suitors a nice, sculpted body with a grinning grille, along with good maneuverability and more zippiness than its petite horsepower might suggest. However, its interior is uncomfortably sparse, offering backseat passengers scant "cushy for their tushy" and deceptively little cargo space. That might be why the competing Ford Fiesta gets more than three times as many dates with buyers.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 12, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Mazda2 Video

In many ways, when you choose a subcompact car, you know what you're getting (or squeezing) into. What owners of the 2013 Mazda2 sacrifice in elbow room and cargo space, they get back in smiles thanks to a fun driving experience, says Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger. The Mazda2's 100-horsepower engine feels "zippy," Geiger says. While the cleanly stylish interior is more "grown-up" than the competing Ford Fiesta, hard-plastic surfaces and cheap-looking vinyl need improvement — as does the tight backseat.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 26, 2012 | Comments (0)

Mazda-Based Toyota Subcompact on the Way

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Combined with its Scion brand, Toyota has a pretty strong small-car portfolio — and it's about to grow. The automaker announced today it is partnering with Mazda to produce a Toyota-brand subcompact for the U.S. market.

The vehicle will be built at Mazda's plant in Mexico, which is still under construction, and will be based on Mazda's smallest vehicle, the Mazda2. Could the new car be a replacement for Toyota's subcompact, the Yaris?

Possibly. Yaris sales are on a slide this year even though the car was revised for 2012. In October, Toyota sold just 2,579 units of the Yaris, down from 6,792 the previous October. Although Mazda moves fewer Mazda2 units, sales of the subcompact are up about 17% so far this year.

The two are similar in size: The Mazda2 is 155.5 inches long; the 2012 Yaris, which is available only as a hatchback, is two inches shorter.

Toyota plans to start production during summer 2015 and build around 50,000 units of the car per year.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 9, 2012 | Comments (13)

2013 Mazda2: Car Seat Check

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There are some small cars — the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa — that are a lot roomier inside than they look outside. The Mazda2 is not one of those cars. The subcompact hatchback has lots of style and is fun to drive, but passengers may feel differently. Though there's technically room for five, the backseat is small and has only two head restraints. We were able to fit two child-safety seats in the backseat, but not comfortably.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks

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Good products usually sell themselves … but not always. We've assembled here a list of cars and trucks that should be more popular than they are. In some cases the sales figures aren't bad, but in none of the cases below do the sales match our assessment of the cars' relevance or excellence. That usually means car shoppers can find a bit of a deal, too. Here are our Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks in no particular order.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | May 7, 2012 | Comments (21)

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Mazda

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The end of the year means dealers are trying to move old product to make room for next year’s new cars, trucks and SUVs; it also means more deals for new-car shoppers. According to Mazda, ‘Tis the Season of Saving. The automaker’s annual year-end sale program offers well-qualified shoppers 0% financing and no payments for 90 days on select 2011 and 2012 Mazda vehicles.

Model-year 2011 vehicles that qualify include the Mazda2, Mazda3 hatchback and sedan, Mazda6, CX-7 and CX-9. Also eligible are 2012 versions of the Mazda2, Mazda5, Mazda6 and CX-9. For example, qualified shoppers can purchase the redesigned-for-2012 Mazda5 small minivan for $19,345 and get 0% financing for 60 months and forgo payments for 90 days.

The sale ends Jan. 3.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 29, 2011 | Comments (1)

2012 Mazda2 Fuel Economy Improves

2012 Mazda2 We’ve already outlined some of the major changes coming to Mazda’s lineup for the 2012 model year, including the refreshed Mazda3 and the discontinuation of the Mazda RX-8 and Tribute. Most other models are carryovers, with one minor exception.

When it goes on sale, the 2012 Mazda2 with an automatic transmission will see its fuel economy improve 1 mpg in city and highway driving, to 28/34 mpg city/highway and 30 mpg combined. Fuel economy for the Mazda2 with a manual transmission remains the same at 29/35 mpg and 32 mpg combined. 

There's no word yet on pricing or a release date for the updated 2012 Mazda2.

By Colin Bird | October 6, 2011 | Comments (8)

What's the Most Affordable New Car?

Used-car prices are going up, and gas prices remain high.

That makes new small cars with good mileage even more attractive to car shoppers. However, low starting prices under $15,000 don’t really translate to the transaction price most buyers face when you include equipment that’s almost a prerequisite today, such as an automatic transmission and power windows.

Over the 2011 and 2012 model years, more than a dozen new small cars will, or have been, released. They range from the traditional — like the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent — to the quirky Fiat 500.

We decided to add another factor into this comparison that we haven’t included in the others: the cost of gas. For each model, we also included a year’s worth of gas to the total cost of the car — 15,000 miles’ worth of traveling in a mix of city and highway at $3.96 per gallon.

By Colin Bird | May 31, 2011 | Comments (25)

Reader Review of the Week: 2011 Mazda2

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“Gabagooo” from Saver, Pa., recently bought a new Mazda2 to be used primarily for commuting. Overall, the reader thinks the car is a great value with superb fuel efficiency. Despite the meager 100-horsepower rating, Gabagoo believes the Mazda2 has adequate performance. To find out more, continue reading below. Once you’re done, you can submit your own car review here.

By Colin Bird | April 1, 2011 | Comments (2)

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