2018 Mazda 2 Review, Specs

The 2018 Mazda 2 is poised to become a serious competitor in the super-mini market category. The award-winning Mazda 2 became the car of the year in Japan in 2014 and 2015. This vehicle uses the all-new KODO-Soul of Motion design language, which superbly combines performance and fuel efficiency in the city and highway driving.

Besides, the inbound auto introduces the advanced MZD Connect technology that guarantees a safe and enjoyable ride. While Mazda hasn’t revealed the U.S market dimensions and specifications, the Japanese model is set to bring a slight increase in size. We hope the U.S version will take the same route, too.

2018 Mazda 2 front

2018 Mazda 2 – Extreme Levels of Comfort and Control

The 2018 Mazda 2 wheelbase has been stretched about 3.1 inches farther than in the previous version. The overall wheelbase is 101.2 inches while the length rises by 6.3 inches to 159.8 inches. The body height is almost 1.0 inch more than previously, but the width remains the same as before at 66.7 inches.

Our insiders didn’t mention anything concerning the weight figure of the Mazda 2. However, we understand that it is one of the lightweight vehicles in the subcompact class. Expect the inbound auto to maintain that edge in the quest to live up to the automaker’s fun-to-drive mantra.

The 2018 Mazda 2 is designed to execute a driver-focused experience. Its spacious interior delivers extreme levels of comfort and control, so it ensures the utmost ride. Mazda says it intends to bring Advanced MZD Connect System—an innovative tech element that executes the safest and interactive ride experience. The whole interior features premium materials with ergonomic seats that offer extreme comfort.

There’s no doubt the 2018 Mazda 2 is set to become the highest quality supermini on the market. It has sharp handling which makes it perfect for driving in city centers and on motorways. Besides, it comes with Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology that provides the best possible drive. Overall, the next generation Mazda 2 combines superb performance with incredible safety features.

In the center console, we’ve got a variety of controls including a large central display, perfect finishing, navigation, and leather details. The Mazda 2 is more modern, comfortable and soothing than the previous version.

Its audio system comprises four speakers, and we’ve got other details like Bluetooth Connectivity, AUX input, Infotainment Screen, Hands-Free Calling, and more. You will also find a USB port, Radio AM/FM, and several audio controls packed on the steering wheel.

2018 Mazda 2 interior

2018 Mazda 2 – Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Mazda 2 derives its juice from a 1.5-liter Skyactiv 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine. It features a direct injection that distributes force to the car’s front wheels. This engine yields about 75 horsepower in the basic versions.

A more robust Mazda 2 variant generates up to 90 hp, and it gets hooked to a six-speed manual gearbox. Dozens of security features serve to provide a safe and secure ride, including the ABS, Airbags, DSC, parking sensors, engine immobilizer, and traction control among the rest.

2018 Mazda 2 side

2018 Mazda 2 – Sales and Price

The 2018 Mazda 2 is set to begin sales in January next year. As far as the prices go, the base Neo version with a manual gearbox starts at $14,990 for the sedan and the hatch. The automatic models add about $2,000 on top of this value. The Maxx model with a manual attracts $17,690 for the hatchback and the sedan, while automatic variants add $2,000.

Mazda 2’s Genki trim, which only comes as a hatchback, sells for $20,690 for models with a manual transmission. The automatic option is set to start its price tag at $22,690. The more-equipped GT hatch and sedan command around $21,680 for manual options and $23,680 for automatic ones. The new Mazda 2 will rival such cars as Hyundai i20, Skoda Fabia, Honda Fit, Ford Focus, Opel Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Mini Cooper, and Nissan Versa.

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