Mazda2: the little car that could.
Honestly overall I am pretty pleased with my Mazda2. I bought it used at a small family run dealership in new jersey and while it is not the fanciest or most expensive car, I have found it very reliable. It is not perfect. For instance, the car does not have cruise control. This is by no means the end of the world, nor was it a deal breaker, but that is definitely a feature I would prefer to have in my car. It is a small vehicle, which is great for me since I am very slight in stature. It is fantastic for getting into tight spaces, there is almost nowhere that a Mazda2 cannot park. Additionally I have discovered the car to be very hardy. I had an accident on a highway last year. I hydroplaned and the car spun out, the front of it hitting the cement median of the highway. We pulled the car over once we had stopped and found that while the front of the car was scraped up, it was largely unharmed. Not even a headlight was cracked and myself and my passenger were not at all harmed. There was no internal damage to the car either. I was really impressed with how such a small car handled a bad accident like that. On the other hand, the backseat headrests sit at a strange angle, sort of leaning forward. The hatchback design is nice. I haven't yet checked to see if I can put my seats down for more loading space. Overall, I am very pleased with my car.