2012 Mazda Mazda2

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7 reviews
Available Price Range $5,903-$11,739 Trims2 Combined MPG 32 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2012 Mazda Mazda2

Our Take

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 ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Tight backseat
  • Cargo room
  • High base price

Notable Features

  • Entry-level four-door hatchback
  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Seats five


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in November 2010 about the 2011 Mazda2. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.The Mazda2 is a small car that drives like a small car — and that's a compliment. Some cars feel bigger than they are, which can be go... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

Based on 7 reviews

Most Enjoyable Car I've Owned

by Mazda2 Fan from Lexington, KY on January 4, 2012

I was looking to trade in my gas-thirsty Honda CR-V for a more fuel efficient car. I test drove the Nissan Versa, Toyota Corrolla, Hyuandai Accent, The Chevy Cruze and Sonic, and the Toyota Yaris. I w... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Mazda Mazda2.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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