2012 Mazda Mazda2

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Mazda Mazda2. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    100-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Mazda Mazda2

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

2012 Mazda Mazda2 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.6)
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(4.3)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(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

(5.0)

Most Reliable Car I Have Ever Owned

by Virgil from Bahama, NC on December 17, 2017

This car met all of my needs which included superior gas mileage, compact size, reliability and an exceptional price point. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Mazda Mazda2 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mazda Mazda2 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mazda

Program Benefits

At Mazda, everything we do is designed, engineered, tested and retested to make driving better. And our Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are no exception. Each one comes with the confidence to greet every turn, on- ramp and green light with the same driving enthusiasm Mazda owners know so well.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month/12,000- Mile Additional Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Warranty begins on the certified retail date.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Mazda quality inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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