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Long Term Update 3: 2011 Mazda2 Touring


For those who think the MAZDA 2 is merely a rebadged Ford Fiesta, think again. Associate editor Scott Evans "was skeptical when people remarked there was a noticeable difference in handling between the MAZDA 2 and the Ford Fiesta, but then I realized that they were right. This little car is ridiculously fun to throw around."

Evans and senior editor Jonny Lieberman would love to see a Mazdaspeed2 -- with more torque. Executive editor Ed Loh adds that the 2 "might have the best shifter for an under $20,000 sticker. The shifter is weighted perfectly and canted so that it falls right under hand. The throw is short and crisp, which is nice because you're rowing often. The 2's engine could be described as pathetic; you have to wind it up constantly to just stay ahead of traffic. The clutch is light with a low engagement point. It's fun to zing the engine on downshifts; this may be the perfect car in which to practice rev-matching."
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