The Mazda2 offers two trim options: Sport, which is standard, and Touring. The 4-speed automatic transmission is available in both trims. Various features come standard with this hatchback, including 15-inch steel wheels with covers, halogen headlights, power locks and doors, cloth-trimmed seats, a tilt steering wheel, height-adjustable front seatbelts, and a rear window defogger. The Touring trim includes the standard features plus halogen fog lights, a rear spoiler, 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, a 6-speaker stereo, and steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls. Mazda is not making any modifications in the 2012 model.
While the Mazda2 does include MP3 player connectivity, it lacks certain features such as Bluetooth and iPod integration and a navigation system, options that other subcompacts, such as the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit, are savvy enough to offer, either currently or in next year's models.
The interior of the Mazda2 is generally quite comfortable, given its size. The soft front seat offers ample room for the driver and co-pilot, and the height of the seatbelts is adjustable. The seats, however, do not offer lumbar support, and the controls for seat adjustment are manual. In the standard model with 5-speed manual transmission, the gearshift is level with the seats, making shifting much easier. While the controls for the stereo are generally easy to use, the steering wheel may block the view of the speedometer and does not telescope to offset this potential problem.
The backseat is spacious for two passengers, but cramped for 3 adults. For extra storage space, the rear seats fold down to a 60/40 split, which expands the cargo space from 13.3 cubic feet to 27.8 cubic feet (compared to the Honda Fit, which offers 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space). Overall, the 2011 Mazda 2 Hatchback shares its stance with the Ford Fiesta, with the distinct difference being that the former has been to the gym to shed a few pounds.