pete240z
pete240z SuperDork
11/19/10 1:54 p.m.

"We were blown away by what a difference the manual gearbox made. Suddenly it was as if we were driving a four-door Miata."

Seriously? Your not kidding? This car is that good?

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
11/19/10 2:06 p.m.

Yep. More in the Feb issue. It's a fun little car.

scardeal
scardeal Reader
11/19/10 2:08 p.m.

So... the auto is front wheel drive and the manual is rear wheel drive? That's quite an impressive feat.

pete240z
pete240z SuperDork
11/19/10 2:14 p.m.

I sat in a lime green one with white wheels and 5-speed at the Japanese Classic Car Show this past September and was impressed with the room for a guy of my height.

See it in the top part - the car itself was not photo worthy.

ReverendDexter
ReverendDexter SuperDork
11/19/10 2:34 p.m.

So, how does the 2 compare to the Fiesta?

I know the chassis is shared, is the suspension also?

triumph5
triumph5 HalfDork
11/19/10 2:49 p.m.

Showed up in today's mail! Would someone 5' 11", 230ish fit in it OK. A friend's been in the market for a new car, and has put the Mazda 2 on his to see list. But, must be a manual. Now with that quick review I just read, off to the CT auto show this weekend.

Bababooey
Bababooey New Reader
11/19/10 3:35 p.m.
triumph5 wrote: Showed up in today's mail! Would someone 5' 11", 230ish fit in it OK. A friend's been in the market for a new car, and has put the Mazda 2 on his to see list. But, must be a manual. Now with that quick review I just read, off to the CT auto show this weekend.

I'm built like a linebacker and fit in a Fiesta fine.

irish44j
irish44j HalfDork
11/19/10 3:54 p.m.

damn you people for getting mail delivery early in the day!!!

Guess I'll just go sit out on the porch, twiddling my thumbs, until USPS decides to grace me with their presence around 7pm tonight

Mazdax605
Mazdax605 HalfDork
11/19/10 4:06 p.m.

In reply to pete240z:

That white widebody SA is however photo worthy!!

pete240z
pete240z SuperDork
11/19/10 4:21 p.m.
Mazdax605 wrote: In reply to pete240z: That white widebody SA is however photo worthy!!

I have 650+ more from the JCCS.

Junkyard_Dog
Junkyard_Dog Dork
11/19/10 4:41 p.m.

I still haven't gotten the last issue

subrew
subrew Reader
11/19/10 6:32 p.m.
ReverendDexter wrote: So, how does the 2 compare to the Fiesta? I know the chassis is shared, is the suspension also?

Some actual performance numbers from a recent comparo:

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparisons/10q3/2011_ford_fiesta_vs._2010_honda_fit_2011_mazda_2-comparison_tests

Click on the pdf for the specs and performance numbers.

I drove one for a couple days last month. It wasn't particularly more exciting than a Fit, or Fiesta, or Accent or......any of the other small econoboxes currently offered. Considering it has the same basic specs as a 20-25yo Civic DX, that isn't too surprising.

Perhaps someday, one of these manufacturers will put a motor with some oomph under the hood, ala Mini S. Hell, Nissan has a great little motor in the Juke that could be powering a Nismo Versa.

M030
M030 HalfDork
11/19/10 9:33 p.m.
Junkyard_Dog wrote: I still haven't gotten the last issue

Me neither

pete240z
pete240z SuperDork
5/6/11 8:29 p.m.

Anybody buy one of these? I want to hear more about this car! Chop Chop!

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