2013 Mazda Mazda2

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Key Specs

of the 2013 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
  • Decent cabin materials
  • Tight turning circle

The Bad

  • Tight backseat
  • Cargo room
  • High base price

Notable Features of the 2013 Mazda Mazda2

  • New USB port
  • Four-door hatchback
  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Seats five

2013 Mazda Mazda2 Road Test

Jennifer Geiger

Do you have a sister who's always having more fun than you? The Ford Fiesta does. Its Mazda2 sibling shares some of the sub-compact's DNA but is much livelier on the road.

The pint-sized 2013 model year Mazda 2 packs a big wallop of fun. It's quick, agile and stylish, but space behind the wheel is more cramped than the competition and its materials interior could use an upgrade.

Like the Fiesta, this five-seater arrived in the U.S. for 2011 as the brand's entry-level offering. It returns unchanged for 2013. Compare the 2012 and 2013 models here.

Unlike the Fiesta, the Mazda is only available as a four-door hatchback; there is no sedan body style. Styling-wise, they share the same wedge shape, but the Mazda2 wears a more sculpted body and a grinning grille.

Measuring 155.5 inches long, the Mazda 2 is a bit larger than the tiny Toyota Yaris hatchback, but it's shorter than most other competitors, including the Fiesta (160.1 inches) and the Honda Fit (161.6 inches). See all three compared here.

Channeling a Little Zoom-Zoom
A hundred horsepower may not sound like a lot, but it's enough for the Mazda 2; in fact, it's plenty. In stop-and-go traffic, it even felt zippy. I tested the standard five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic is optional.

Is the three-pedal setup for everyone? No — slogging through city traffic was often a chore. But did the manual make the Mazda2 livelier in certain situations? Absolutely — the five-speed has a light clutch and a so...

Do you have a sister who's always having more fun than you? The Ford Fiesta does. Its Mazda2 sibling shares some of the sub-compact's DNA but is much livelier on the road.

The pint-sized 2013 model year Mazda 2 packs a big wallop of fun. It's quick, agile and stylish, but space behind the wheel is more cramped than the competition and its materials interior could use an upgrade.

Like the Fiesta, this five-seater arrived in the U.S. for 2011 as the brand's entry-level offering. It returns unchanged for 2013. Compare the 2012 and 2013 models here.

Unlike the Fiesta, the Mazda is only available as a four-door hatchback; there is no sedan body style. Styling-wise, they share the same wedge shape, but the Mazda2 wears a more sculpted body and a grinning grille.

Measuring 155.5 inches long, the Mazda 2 is a bit larger than the tiny Toyota Yaris hatchback, but it's shorter than most other competitors, including the Fiesta (160.1 inches) and the Honda Fit (161.6 inches). See all three compared here.

Channeling a Little Zoom-Zoom
A hundred horsepower may not sound like a lot, but it's enough for the Mazda 2; in fact, it's plenty. In stop-and-go traffic, it even felt zippy. I tested the standard five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic is optional.

Is the three-pedal setup for everyone? No — slogging through city traffic was often a chore. But did the manual make the Mazda2 livelier in certain situations? Absolutely — the five-speed has a light clutch and a solid, precise shifter.

The Fiesta's 120-hp, 1.6-liter engine is often pokey, and its dual-clutch automatic transmission was crabby when I tested it recently. The Mazda 2, on the other hand, felt animated, channeling the fun-to-drive spirit of its larger sibling, the Mazda3. The Mazda 2 is agile and maneuverable, staying flat when flung through curvy highway ramps. Around town, its petite frame and tight turning circle make parking a breeze. Its ride is solid, too, staying composed over most bumps.

Despite having more horses, however, the Fiesta trumps the Mazda 2 in the fuel-economy department. With the manual, the Mazda 2 is EPA-rated fuel efficiency of 29/35 mpg city/highway. That's not as great as the Fiesta's 29/39 mpg fuel rating, but better than the Fit's 27/33 rating.

Deceptive Materials
At first glance, the interior impressed: It uses a simple layout that's clean without being boring. Glossy black plastic trim and red piping on the seats spice things up. The look is more grown-up than the Fiesta's and more interesting than the Fit's.

The Mazda 2's circular instrument panel reminds me of the Mini Cooper's but is easier to navigate. The climate dials are large and clear, and the radio buttons are intuitive. A new-for-2013 standard USB port is a nice convenience for some but likely vital to the vehicle's intended demographic.

Once you look a little longer and start poking around the interior, however, you'll notice there's way too much hard plastic. It's everywhere and padding is nowhere, not even on the door panel armrests. But it's the backseat passengers who will really bear the brunt of Mazda's cheapness.

In front, the seats are comfortable and bolstered for a snug fit, but rear passengers get no cushy for their tushy. The backseat is a hard, flat panel that's in desperate need of more cushioning. And the no-frills theme continues: There are no second-row cupholders, map pockets or door storage cubbies, which was surprising on our uplevel Touring car. Also missing is a center seat head restraint, which supports the head and neck in a crash.

A Tight Squeeze
The Mazda 2 was a tight squeeze for my small family of three. Headroom was decent for me up front, but taller passengers should look elsewhere. The Mazda 2 and Fiesta both offer 39.1 inches of front headroom, which is more than an inch less than the Fit (40.4). Mazda offers more legroom up front than many in the class, however, with a smidge more than the Fiesta and about an inch more than the Fit.

Two issues involving driver comfort bugged me. First, the steering wheel tilts but doesn't telescope, which complicates getting comfortable (this feature is standard in the Fiesta and Fit). Second, the front cupholders are under the center console armrest. Taller beverages won't fit, and those prone to spills should watch out: Extracting a cup of hot coffee is precarious.

Again, though, it's in the back that space really feels pinched. The Mazda2 has less headroom back there than all three hatchbacks, and its 33 inches of legroom isn't great, either. The Fit's 34.5 inches feel roomy by comparison.

The Mazda 2's cargo situation is puzzling. On paper, there's more space than the Fiesta (27.8 cubic feet versus the Ford's 26), but the area is so oddly shaped I had trouble fitting my small umbrella stroller. It ended up having to ride in the backseat with my toddler in the Mazda 2, but it fit OK in the Fiesta's cargo area. The Fit wins again here with a cavernous 57.3 cubic feet of maximum space.

Features & Price
The 2013 Mazda 2 is available in base Sport and uplevel Touring trims and starts at $15,515, including destination. I tested the Touring model, which starts just over $17,000 and comes standard with niceties like steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, a rear spoiler, fog lights and alloy wheels.

Hatchback versions of the Fiesta start a touch lower, but an auto transmission will cost you more: It's an extra $1,095 on the Fiesta compared to an $840 option on the Mazda2. The Fit starts just above $16,000; add $800 for an auto. Cruise control is standard on all Fits but is standard only on uplevel versions of the Fiesta and Mazda2.

Safety
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Mazda 2 received the agency's top score of Good in front crash and roof-strength tests, but scored just Acceptable in side- and rear-impact crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet tested the Mazda 2.

Standard safety features include six airbags: dual front, front-seat-mounted side-impact air bags and full-length side curtain airbags. Note that the Mazda does not have the Fiesta's driver-knee airbag. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Visibility is fine straight back thanks largely to head restraints that slide down onto the seatback and completely out of sight. Also, the side mirrors are nice and big for such a small vehicle.

A cramped backseat and Latch anchors that are crowded into the seat belt buckles complicate child-safety seat installation. Click here for the full Car Seat Check.

Mazda2 in the Market
The Mazda 2 wins points for its dynamic styling and fun-to-drive spirit. It seems that U.S. consumers, however, aren't all that interested. Although they're related, the Fiesta has consistently outsold the Mazda 2 by huge margins: In the first 10 months of 2012, Ford sold more than 47,000 Fiestas; Mazda sold just 13,853 2s in that same time frame.

Its lack of room behind the wheel and cheap interior are major issues, but are they enough to sink this sub-compact? Probably not, but competition from inside the brand might be. The larger Mazda 3 sedan isn’t that much more expensive than the 2, and it's a sales success: The automaker had already sold more than 103,000 units of the small car in 2012 through October.

Mazda plans to redesign the Mazda 2 for global body-type audiences during the next two years, and weak sales in the U.S. mean its future here is uncertain. Despite its charms, the Mazda 2 may not be able to woo U.S. shoppers away from its larger, more popular sibling.

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2013 Mazda2 Video

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.

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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best compact car i used

by Satish from Edison,NJ on June 13, 2018

very good car. Good value for money. Easy to drive. Easy to park. Good mileage. Less maintenance. One of the best car i have drove. Read full review

(5.0)

I got the car I was looking for

by Sk8butterfly from Tempe,Tx on May 11, 2018

The car I got drives smooth and is everything I was looking for thats for sure. It didn't take long either to get in for a test drive. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Mazda Mazda2 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Mazda Mazda2 Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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