By on January 16, 2015


Where else would Mazda choose to introduce their newest sub-compact but in Quebec?

The newest member of the Mazda family sports a 1.5L Skyactiv 4-cylinder making 113 horsepower, up 13 from the current car. On the other hand, weight is up by 88 lbs, while the car gains nearly 6 inches in length, 1 inch in height and 3 inches in wheelbase. All told, the car should weigh about 2400 lbs and measure in at 160 inches long – specs that make it identical in power and footprint to a first-generation Miata.

While the leisurely acceleration of the old car should remain, the Skyactiv chassis, powertrain and all-new styling represent a clean break from the old, Fiesta-derived Mazda2. The interior appears to be a scaled down version of what’s offered in larger Mazdas, right down to the tablet-like LCD screen. As with other Mazda products, fuel economy should be at the top of the pack. Pricing and availability weren’t announced, but the new Mexican assembly of the Mazda2 might make for a less expensive sticker price.

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38 Comments on “2016 Mazda2 Makes North American Debut In Montreal...”

  • avatar

    Other things which look good in red/white/black:

    Power Rangers
    Wallpaper in my 1990s childhood bedroom
    Conference rooms at local Hyatt in 1995

    I like the exterior, but the interior color combo is yucky.

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    I would trade my 2 in for this in an instant if they would, you know, sell it in the US.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    I like the interior, the design is unique and the materials are likely to be decent. 113hp doesn’t impress, but I thought the 2.0 and 2.5 Skyactiv powertrains are satisfying to drive, so perhaps this will follow suit.

    This is going to be a prime example of a hatchback that would convince me to buy a sedan. If the photos are to be believed there is nothing behind the backseat. You can move people, or cargo, but not both. Rear passengers’ heads separated from the tailgate glass by only the headrest. God help them if they are rear-ended.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      If you regularly have to transport 2+ people and their cargo, you are in a different market segment.

    • 0 avatar

      Its really nice till you find out that the seat and the steering wheels are offset from the centre.

      I test drive one yesterday, it was all good except for the driving position, in the right hand drive version, the centre of the steering wheel is a good 2 inches to you right from the middle of your chest.

      To make things worse, if u drive the manual version, the clutch pedal is where the foot rest usually is, so u’ll be rubbing your knee against the transmission tunnel

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    Too bad the infotainment system still doesn’t work right.

    • 0 avatar

      The tablet system is a huge improvement over the prior one, but it is still glitchy. Plus, it has some functionality hiccups that are head scratchers. Seriously, I can’t figure out why it’s so hard for car companies to understand how a stereo should work and make it robust. Most systems would be better if a 10 yr old version of ms media player was used instead.

      • 0 avatar

        My next car will be Android Auto or MirrorLink compatible. Period. I can’t trust these guys to do these systems reliably anymore, but I can trust Apple, Google, Samsung, Sony, LG, etc etc.

  • avatar

    …i’m disappointed to read about the extra weight, and with the new kodo overhangs it’s difficult to discern whether those additional pounds were well-invested in usable space…still, other than the overhangs and DLO failure it’s a fairly sharp-looking hatchback, so i hope they’ve managed to keep most of its handling secret sauce: bring on a mazdaspeed edition!..

    • 0 avatar

      It is slightly larger, but most of the weight gain came from major improvements in NVH, interior quality, and standard/available features. 113hp should be ok, but I sure would like to see the 2.0L as an option.

      • 0 avatar

        …to be honest, in the current 2, one hundred horsepower is plenty to pull through traffic on the street…

        • 0 avatar

          It’s more of an issue with the 4-speed automatic they’re using on the current car. That will be upgraded to a nice new 6-speed unit in the new car. Should be fine for most people, but a brand that has premium aspirations should have premium engine options.

      • 0 avatar

        The proven 2.0 would be a great “GT” upgrade with no turbo longevity/maintenance issues or premium gas. Probably not much mileage penalty either…has anyone gotten the EPA ratings on the 1.5 yet?

  • avatar

    I like it. 115 hp ain’t much, but it should do OK with 2400 pounds.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    Actually this will be pretty much the new Yaris in the US, quite an improvement over the current one, can’t believe the day has come that Toyota has to depend on others to help them engineer and design their cars. FR-S. this and the upcoming BMW collaboration sports car.

  • avatar

    Mazdaspeed2 anybody? Please!?!

  • avatar

    Hecho en Mexico. No me gusta.

  • avatar

    De acuerdo. Mexican manufacture, and the shenanigans that happen after the car leaves the factory and tries to get to the border, do not make for confidence that the car is built the best that it could be… which is what you expect when it’s from a well-established Japanese company.
    Building cars in a third-world company to take advantage of cheap labor results in other, unanticipated costs.

  • avatar

    And by the way, God that’s a hideous little lump of a car. Something else I’d be embarrassed to be seen in. The same design language doesn’t translate well to all sizes, especially in this case to extra small. The current 2 is a miserable piece of crap to drive, it makes you want to pull over about every 20 miles and start capping .45 rounds through the grill, I bet this one drives even worse. It’s not going to be a Miata with a hatch.

    • 0 avatar

      Looks are subjective. I like the current M2 and think this new one looks even better. I own both an ’11 Mazda2 and an ’07 Fit, and IMO the M2 driving experience is superior. It’s a blast to drive around town and is much more refined, in many ways, than the Fit. It’s simply got a quality feel to it.

      My Fit feels like a cheap crap can compared to the M2 and the M2 has triple the mileage at 65k. Anytime I have a choice, I take the M2 (hence the mileage difference). I’ve owned many sports cars, Corvettes, 911, 928, Z4, Miata, etc, so I know what a good handling car is, and the M2 is plain fun to drive.

      I compare it to my former Miata most frequently, lightweight, peppy, handles well, stops well, easy to park. Not sure what you’re used to driving or why you had such a poor experience, but many reviewers DO compare it to a Miata.

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    Again, Mazda puts so much work in styling the front end, and forgets to style the greenhouse. The super-simple arch shape doesn’t match the rest of the car on any of their models. Also see: Mazda 3/6. That dark(ish) gray plastic triangle looks faded on the show floor, it hasn’t even seen the sun yet. Why don’t they make it a darker color?

    • 0 avatar

      Looking more closely at the dark pictures, the greenhouse is a little more nuanced than on the bigger cars, and does fit better than that of the 3/6. Having said that, it does them no favors having an image of the 20″ rim shod concept right above it :)

  • avatar

    Still haven’t been able to match the tugboat in innovation or sales. Best GLC to date from Mazda, lasted for donkeys years even if the fuel pump was pricey. Accent’s more proof the Koreans can match the Japs.

  • avatar

    That interior is better than anything I’ve seen in a Mazda in a long time, at least in these little screenshots.

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