After the odd C63 AMG, Porsche Turbo, and Boxster Spyder, I thought a little time in the Mazda 2 was called for as a sort of penance. But hey, not bad at all, especially in Touring trim, which is really snazzy (as described by Evan McCausland). I would say that, for the price, there's plenty of the fabulousness DeMatio doesn't seem to find. Loved the stick, gearing was quite nice, steering was just fine, and a 100-mile freeway drive felt totally composed. They've been repaving our roads. Hitting the old clumpy post-winter pavement wasn't very pleasant and revealed the soft underbelly of the little hatch.
I, too, wonder how the Mazda 2 will stack up against the Fiesta. Looking forward to that comparison.
Jean Jennings, President and Editor-In-Chief