Good For: Two hands on the wheel. You can't help but keep both hands on the wheel when driving the Mazda 2. There is no center armrest, and the only 2 comfort features that can possibly distract you are a radio and basic HVAC. Get the manual transmission if you are looking for more things to do. There are cupholders, but don't bother drinking while driving at speed. This little lightweight car bounces so much that you are likely to just slosh the contents of your cup into your lap.
Compromises: $14,720 is a lot for a tiny car that doesn't even have cruise control. The little car can be fun to toss around, but it is still only a 100 hp front wheel drive car.
Overall reaction - None: Those who plan to strip the car down to a B-spec racer may appreciate that this car doesn't have extra components. But why doesn't the car's price reflect the level of equipment? If you don't drive stick this car makes no sense at all. The 4-speed automatic has to work hard to keep the little 1.5L engine in the power band, and fuel efficiency is awful for a 2300 pound hatchback.