Monday, November 23, 2009

More 2011 Mazda2 info

By now, you're probably aware of the Mazda2 (based on the upcoming Ford Fiesta chassis) heading to the U.S. next year. Just released was some more information.

The Mazda2 will be powered by a 1.5-liter engine and a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy is supposed to be in the 30s. Additionally, only the five-door model will be sold. The car could also get Mazda's iStop start-stop technology.



Anonymous said...

The 1.5 liter huh? Well, that should do the job, but not likely to produce 120 hp some predicted. Probably around 105 hp. In which case I'm glad I didn't wait for the Mazda2. I was tempted to, because it's soooo light, and was (supposedly) going to come with a 1.6 liter engine. That would have given it almost pocket-rocket status. It still should be a great handler, and pretty lively, but not any more powerful than my Accent SE.

Anonymous said...

Why no three-door? We get barely ANY three-door hatchbacks here. The only subcompact ones are the Yaris and the Accent, right?

Andy Lilienthal said...

... and the MINI. (I don't really think of the Smart as a true three-door, usually).

My guess is that more people probably want the five doors. Just my guess.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I don't buy the argument from Mazda, and other car makers, that the American public doesn't want 3-doors. If so, why have I been hearing so many complaints about this issue regarding the Mazda2 and Fiesta....from Americans? The Kia Rio5 is a very cool little vehicle, which I test drove and considered. It is a sister to the Accent, with the same warranty and engine, and it has gotten a lot of positive
reviews for handling etc. It's a five-door of course, but hasn't sold as well as the Accent 3-door. It may be more than just a 3-door vs. 5-door issue, but I chose the Accent because I liked the 3-door look better.

Anonymous said...

I love the Mazda2 and I plan on buying one when they are released here in the states, but I still cannot figure out why we will not be getting the 3 door! It worked for Hyundai and Toyota (accent and yaris) so why not Mazda? IMO, the 3 door is the better looking of the two and I think if Mazda was to bring the 3 door here, it would sell well. We should start a petition or something LOL!