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2012 Mazda Mazda2

$3,642 — $11,198 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Long list of standard features
  • Safety features
  • Affable styling
  • Decent cabin materials
  • Tight turning circle

The Bad

  • Tight backseat
  • Cargo room
  • High base price
2012 Mazda Mazda2 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Mazda Mazda2
  • Entry-level four-door hatchback
  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Seats five

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The subcompact five-seat Mazda2 arrived stateside in 2011 as Mazda's newest entry-level offering. It's only available as a hatchback and is slotted below the Mazda3. However, the Mazda2 has more standard features than its larger sibling. The Honda Fit is a major Mazda2 competitor, as are a host of other small cars, from the Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic to the Toyota Yaris.

The Mazda2 comes in Sport and Touring trim levels. Both employ a 100-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Manual and automatic transmissions are available.

New for 2012
Mazda2s with the automatic transmission get slightly better gas mileage for 2012; otherwise, there are no significant changes.

Exterior
Thanks to an arcing black garnish atop the air dam, the Mazda2 carries the smiling expression Mazda has affixed to most of its cars. The lower air dam dominates the Mazda2's nose; a thin grille with Mazda's logo sits above it. Around 155 inches long, the Mazda2 is a bit longer than the tiny Yaris hatchback, but it's significantly shorter than most other competitors. Exterior features include:

  • Standard body-colored door handles and side mirrors
  • Available fog lamps
  • Available 15-inch alloys
  • Available rear spoiler
  • Available chrome exhaust tip

Interior
The cabin seats five, with textured fabric upholstery in Sport models and upgraded fabric with red piping in the Touring. The stereo display sits within a circular cutout, a cue shared with the Mazda RX-8 sports car. The rear ...

Vehicle Overview

The subcompact five-seat Mazda2 arrived stateside in 2011 as Mazda's newest entry-level offering. It's only available as a hatchback and is slotted below the Mazda3. However, the Mazda2 has more standard features than its larger sibling. The Honda Fit is a major Mazda2 competitor, as are a host of other small cars, from the Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic to the Toyota Yaris.

The Mazda2 comes in Sport and Touring trim levels. Both employ a 100-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Manual and automatic transmissions are available.

New for 2012
Mazda2s with the automatic transmission get slightly better gas mileage for 2012; otherwise, there are no significant changes.

Exterior
Thanks to an arcing black garnish atop the air dam, the Mazda2 carries the smiling expression Mazda has affixed to most of its cars. The lower air dam dominates the Mazda2's nose; a thin grille with Mazda's logo sits above it. Around 155 inches long, the Mazda2 is a bit longer than the tiny Yaris hatchback, but it's significantly shorter than most other competitors. Exterior features include:

  • Standard body-colored door handles and side mirrors
  • Available fog lamps
  • Available 15-inch alloys
  • Available rear spoiler
  • Available chrome exhaust tip

Interior
The cabin seats five, with textured fabric upholstery in Sport models and upgraded fabric with red piping in the Touring. The stereo display sits within a circular cutout, a cue shared with the Mazda RX-8 sports car. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split, allowing 27.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume. Interior features include:

  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard CD stereo with an MP3 jack
  • Standard keyless entry
  • Available six-speaker stereo
  • Available leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Available trip computer

Under the Hood
The Mazda2's 1.5-liter four-cylinder makes 100 hp and 98 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • 32.2-foot turning radius
  • Front disc and rear drum brakes

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact air bags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system and traction control

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Litte Car that Can

by Mazda2 from KCKS on August 21, 2018

The 100hp engine moves this lite and nimble car in a way that feels sportier than one would expect. The steering is precise. The 5 speed manual is crisp and not too long or short in any gear, although ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable and low cost motoring

by Jon from Wheaton, MD on March 22, 2018

This car compares very favorably with all the others in its class in comfort, fuel efficiency, performance and reliability. I have no hesitation in recommending it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Mazda Mazda2 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mazda Mazda2 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mazda2 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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