CHANGES FOR 2013:

– USB audio input added as standard equipment.
– Alloy wheels with black colour cap previously silver.
– Silver rings on the turn signal switch and the rain wiper switch are deleted.
– Paint changes: Clear Water Blue added; Aquatic Blue removed.

Conceived on the same drawing board as the Ford Fiesta, the Mazda2 ended up quite a different animal. It is the lighter and more sporty of two, and despite having a smaller engine with less power (100 versus 120), it feels quicker, especially when fitted with the standard five-speed manual with its snickety short-throw shifter sprouting from the centre console. If possible, avoid the optional four-speed auto, which ruins much of the fun. The Mazda2’s dash is nicely designed, and new for 2013 is standard USB audio input. Great steering and zippy handling make this subcompact a sporty frontrunner.

Features on the GX include 15-inch steel wheels, tilt steering wheel, power door locks, power windows with driver’s auto up/down, power mirrors, covered vanity mirrors, manual driver’s seat height adjustment, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, illuminated entry, 12-volt power outlet, floor mats, black door handles and mirrors, intermittent rear wiper, brake override system, and CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and two speakers.

Convenience Package for GX includes air conditioning, body coloured door mirrors and door handles, heated door mirrors, 4 speakers, remote keyless entry with jack knife (1 transmitter), steering wheel mounted cruise controls, exterior temperature gauge, trip computer, steering wheel mounted audio controls, silver finish on inner door handles, steering wheel and shift-plate bezel.

The GS adds (to GX) air conditioning, automatic headlamps, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, trip computer, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cloth door trim, sport-style cloth seats with red piping, body-colour door handles and mirrors, chrome tailpipe finisher, side sill extensions, body-colour rear spoiler, exterior temperature gauge, fog lights, silver finish interior accents, and six speakers.

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