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Anderson Bmw Mazda Vw Of Crystal Lake
(815) 455-4330
360 N Il Route 31
Crystal Lake, IL
A-2 Auto Sales
(815) 578-9500
1701 W Il Rte 120
Mchenry, IL

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Shults Auto Sales
(815) 455-1070
4901 Northwest Hwy
Crystal Lake, IL

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Rockenbach Used Car Outlet
(847) 548-5962
302 S Lake St
Grayslake, IL

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Raymond KIA
(847) 838-7900
119 W Il Route 173
Antioch, IL

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Rosen Mazda
(847) 245-7600
855 E Grand Ave
Lake Villa, IL
Rollins Road Auto Sales
(847) 587-4905
418 Rollins Rd
Ingleside, IL

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Auto Village Inc
(847) 658-3777
2000 E Algonquin Rd
Algonquin, IL

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(800) 455-7258
105 Route 173
Antioch, IL

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Elite Motors
(847) 949-9933
822 N Lake St
Mundelein, IL

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2011 Mazda 2

July 22, 2010 by Alison Lakin, Associate Editor

Mazda 2

DriverSide Overview 
By now, everyone in America knows that the sub-compact Ford Fiesta will appear on dealer lots this year; the far-reaching marketing campaigns have been relentless and clever. But peeking out from behind the Ford’s shadow, ready to spring itself on us is the third-generation – but first in America – 2011 Mazda 2, Mazda’s answer to our growing demand for smaller cars with better fuel economy and budget pricing. The Mazda 2 is as sub-compact as they come, shorter than the Honda Fit , Nissan Versa and Fiesta, and brings with it driving dynamics befitting a company that prides itself on its racing tradition. Yep, you heard right, the Mazda 2 is a B-car that drives well. And it’s a good thing that it does, because that – and the nearly $1,200 price difference – is what separates it from the Fiesta. A 1.5-liter engine, great brakes and a suspension that holds its own over torn-up city streets lead us to believe that the Mazda 2 might be the best-driving subcompact at this price. If only the interior lived up to the drive quality. There are a touch too many hard plastics and not nearly enough tech features – odd, considering their tech-savvy target audience. But this is all part of Mazda’s big plan for the small car. They’ve set the price low and focused on the drive to rein in a different buyer – and that’s smart. 

Mazda 2

Mazda 2

What's to Like
Mazda made the drive a priority when developing the Mazda 2, and it shows. Keeping trim levels simple – there are only 24 possible ways to build the car – will ensure the model you want will be sitting at the dealership. Pricing is spectacular, undercutting the Fiesta and Fit, at $13,980 to start. Better yet, you can’t spend more than $17,000 on this car. 
What's Not to Like 
Interior doesn’t hold a candle to others in the segment; fewer hard plastics would have made a world of difference. A lack of tech features that come standard on competitors – like Bluetooth and an iPod connector – means the Mazda 2 is already outdating itself. Rear space is will be cramped for taller passengers.
The Drive: 
DriverSide Driving Impressions 
Performance of sub-compact cars is historically underwhelming. Even those with more power sometimes don’t know how to manage it. The Mazda 2 has taken very little horsepower – 100, to be exact – and put it to work, delivering a solid drive. Weight reduction is the key here, and Mazda has shaved pounds wherever they could – it’s more than 200 lbs lighter than the Fiesta. As a result, the Mazda 2 feels peppy and competent – with acceleration that won’t deter you from passing slow-moving tractors. The wel...

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