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Long Term Update 6: 2011 Mazda2


The green jellybean continues to turn heads. In Glendale, it got slammed as "an ugly green Japanese Beetle" by two women who'd just finished kickboxing class (I was walking behind them, and had a still-warm chocolate chip cookie in my hand, so I didn't jump to the car's defense). Later that day a twentysomething guy riding a bike in Burbank shouted, "Great car!" "Are you serious?" I asked, figuring he was being sarcastic. "No, it looks cool - I love it!" he said. And a woman in a Target parking lot came up to me and asked if a car Seat would fit in the back seat.

 The Mazda's boxy cuteness still makes me smile, but a couple of things are starting to get on my nerves. It seems like every car in the world has the interior lock/unlock buttons on the door, near the automatic window open/close buttons. On the Mazda2, the button is on the center stack, in front of the cupholders and to the right of the parking brake. It's an odd place for it, and even after months of driving the '2, I can't get used to it. Out of habit I'm always fumbling around on the door, trying to lock the car.

 The other thing I'm noticing more is the road noise at highway speeds above 60 mph. It's not loud, but it's far from quiet, and on longer trips the hum becomes intrusive. On the other hand, the Touring trim seats are firm and supportive, and suppress the feel of minor potholes and bumps.

I just moved to an apartment complex on a big hill, and am dismayed at how quickly the engine loses oomph on the incline. It's almost instantaneous. On flat lands, shifting into first still is jerky, and I wish there were a sixth gear. But I love its overall agility, and have nabbed many a parking space thanks to the 16-foot, 1-inch turning radius.
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