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2011 Mazda2

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2011 Mazda2
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I traded in the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 for this 2011 Mazda2 GS Automatic today; actually, given fair trade-in values I should have been given at least six of these Mazdas on trade.

I’m not really sure where to start with the Mazda2. It is not like there haven’t been a glut of articles written on it and, of course, its sister/brother/cousin the Ford Fiesta, which I drove about a month ago.

2011 Mazda2
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Available only as a four-door hatchback, the 2011 Mazda2 is offered in three trim levels: the GX, at a starting price of $13,995 with standard features including power mirrors and door locks, 15-inch steel wheels, anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control (DSC), traction control, dual front air bags, side airbags and curtain airbags, and a two speaker AM/FM/CD player with MP3 capability.

The GS (like my tester) adds body-coloured door handles, rain-sensing wipers, chrome exhaust, side sill extensions, fog lights, body-coloured rear spoiler, air conditioning, trip computer, leather steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo. All this extra gear bumps the price to $18,195.

My tester is equipped with an automatic transmission, which further increases the price to $19,29 and a graphics kit to “personalize” the car has been added for an extra $595.

It certainly is an interesting challenge moving from an ultra-luxury sedan to a sub-compact economy vehicle, but is the Mazda2 six times less car than the BMW? They both get me from home to work and back in the same amount of time, so that is debatable.

2011 Mazda2
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $19,890

For more information on Mazda and the 2 visit Mazda Canada

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