Completely redesigned, the Mazda 2 is practical and quite a bit of fun to drive. It's maneuverable for tight parking spaces. It's roomy for four and offers good cargo capacity. The engine is gutsy and delivers excellent fuel economy with an easy-to-use manual or available automatic. For $17,000 loaded, it looks like one of the transportation bargains of the year for new or young drivers or those looking to downsize into something cool and fun.
Jim McCraw filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Mazda 2 near Monterey, California.