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2014 Mazda2 – A subcompact that offers go-kart-like fun

2014 Mazda2 – A subcompact that offers go-kart-like fun

''Consumers may enjoy the fun vibe of Mazda’s 5-door subcompact, including the sharp headlights and wide grin on the vehicle’s face. ''

Much of the attention is on Mazda’s larger vehicles, but the automaker’s subcompact car is worth a look. The 2014 Mazda2 hatchback is small, with go-kart-like handling that adds to the overall driving experience.

The Mazda2 is a ball of fun delivered in a small package. It can zip through the city, and snuggly fit into tight parking spaces. With the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $14,450, the 2014 model is also a very affordable vehicle to consider as a new car purchase.

Consumers may enjoy the fun vibe of Mazda’s 5-door subcompact, including the sharp headlights and wide grin on the vehicle’s face. The 2014 Mazda2 is available in two trim levels, the GX and the GS.

Both trims are equipped with a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine. It produces 100-horsepower and 89 lb-ft of torque. It can be paired to either a 5-speed manual transmission, or a 4-speed automatic. It’s not as strong as its other siblings, but the lightweight of the car that hovers around 1,051 kg (for the manual), adds to its nimble response.

And with this subcompact, buyers can pocket some change. The automaker states the fuel economy ratings to be 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres for city driving, and 5.6 for the highway. This is for the manual. However, when equipped with the automatic, consumers should get around 7.1 L/100km for the city, and 5.8 for the highway drive. This vehicle only requires regular fuel, adding yet again to the affordability aspect.

In terms of space, the Mazda2 may be small, but it offers more cargo room when the rear seats are folded with a 60/40 split. The space will total to 787 litres, while the passenger volume will provide 2,466 litres.

Inside, the 2014 Mazda2 comes available with steering wheel mounted cruise and audio controls, remote keyless entry with a retractable key, a 12-volt power outlet and power windows with driver’s one-touch up and down features, among others.

An AM/FM radio and CD player is also available with up to 6 speakers, along with MP3 functionality. In addition, USB and auxiliary audio output are included. Buyers looking for comfort can take their place behind the wheel, sitting on cloth or sporty cloth upholstery bucket seats.

As for the safety aspect of the Mazda2, it has received the top Good score from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety for the moderate overlap front crash test, and the roof strength. The small car comes standard with dual front and front side air bags, side air curtains, and a brake override system. The 3-point safety belts and child safety rear door locks are also standard on both trim levels.

The 2014 Mazda2 is a fun car, offering sporty handling, and delivering a go-kart-like feeling when driving. Consumers looking for a new car may want to book a road test with their Performance Mazda dealer. The nimble Mazda2 is one very affordable vehicle to consider.

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