May 28 2014

2014 Mazda2 – The fuel-efficient small car

By Dennis Kwan – Kramer Mazda

2014 Mazda2 – The fuel-efficient small car

Consumers that are looking for an affordable small car with a bit of zest to it should consider Mazda’s 5-door hatchback. The 2014 Mazda2 subcompact is minimalistic in that it’s not cramped with tons of buttons, but instead offers a simple cabin with easy-to-use controls. Fuel efficiency and sporty handling are also among its charms.

The automaker’s small car continues to maintain an air of simplicity in terms of styling and functionality. That being said, the 2014 Mazda2 still offers the joker-like smile that is the grille, and sharp headlights that give the subcompact an edge. The fog lights too, add to the overall appeal.

The 2014 Mazda2 also provides sporty handling, allowing you to zip around town, and in and out of tight parking spaces. Driving the hatchback may also have you reminiscing about your previous go-karting days.

Mazda’s 5-door hatchback is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, which generates 100-horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel drive car is mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission, though a 4-speed automatic is optional. An Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, and traction and stability control are equally standard on Mazda2 models.

In terms of fuel economy, buyers will be pleased to note the low consumption ratings for the Mazda2. Coupled with the manual transmission, the subcompact will offer fuel economy ratings of 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres in the city, and 5.6 when on the highway. When equipped with the automatic, consumers can expect a rating of 7.1/5.8 litres per 100 kilometres (city/hwy). In addition, only regular fuel is required for the 42.8 litre tank.

The edgy, sporty-handling and fuel-efficient 2014 Mazda2 is quite affordable as well. Buyers looking for a small car for under 20K are in luck, as the Mazda2 has a starting MSRP of $14,450. The manufacturer’s subcompact is available in two models, the GX and the GS trim.

The base GX trim will come available with standard features, such as power door locks, a 12-volt power outlet, MP3 functionality, plus USB and auxiliary input. There are a few more features, but the higher GS trim will offer some additional items to consider, including standard steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 6 speakers, sporty cloth upholstery with red piping and stitching for the seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Cruise control, remote keyless entry and air conditioning are also standard on the GS trim. The last three features are either optional or available when buyers select the Convenience Package for the base GX. Buyers will also enjoy the ability to fold the rear seats with a 60/40 split, increasing cargo volume to 787 litres.

The 2014 Mazda2 5-door hatchback is a fun little car to zip around in. It’s both affordable and fuel-efficient, with easy-to-use controls, and it provides consumers with a simple, minimalistic environment.

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