The 2013 Mazda2 continues in its role as the smallest Mazda on sale in the U.S. The subcompact hatchback is offered in just one body style, a limited array of trim levels, and it's hardly a big seller. But its appeal lies in its sheer simplicity. Rather than larding on features, the lean little car offers one of the most fun-to-drive experiences you can get--and for relatively little cash.
It's clearly a Mazda in looks, with a simple five-door shape and the brand's characteristic front end. The body is upright and pert and the windows are refreshingly large, though inside it's basic but a bit dark. The driving position up front is good, although taller adults up front will find themselves pushing the seats all the way back. Getting anyone above small children into the rear seats will require considerable negotiating skills on legroom.
Behind the wheel, there's not a lot of distraction for the driver, who can concentrate on the rollerskate handling and wringing the most out of the...
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