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Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Mazda Mazda2 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Mazda Mazda2 has a score of 7.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 55 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 8.2
Reliability:
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2014 Mazda Mazda2 Review

The 2014 Mazda2 is a sporty little hatchback that's lightweight and nimble, making it a joy to drive. Off-the-line acceleration is not its forte, though, and the Mazda2's cabin feels a bit crude compared to some of its competitors. 

Pros & Cons

  • Fun driving dynamics
  • Straightforward interior features
  • Few available tech features
  • Tight rear seats
  • Poor interior material quality
  • Outdated automatic transmission

2014 Mazda Mazda2 Overview

Is the 2014 Mazda2 a Good Used Car?

The smallest car in Mazda's lineup, the 2014 Mazda2 delivers the fun-to-drive handling that the brand is known for. The Mazda2 is a good value, too, and was a finalist for our 2014 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award.

Only one engine is available for the 2014 Mazda2 – a four-cylinder that makes 100 horsepower – but you get your pick between a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic. It isn't quite as energetic as its big brother the Mazda3, but this hatchback still feels more spirited than many in the class, especially with the manual transmission. The Mazda2 owes much of its behind-the-wheel enjoyment to its nimble handling, sharp steering, and strong brakes. Fuel economy is about average: 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

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The Mazda2 falters with its interior. The cabin styling is pretty basic, and the abundance of hard plastics gives the Mazda2 a low-rent feel. This five-person hatchback has high-quality standard cloth upholstery and supportive front seats, but the cramped back seat doesn't give passengers as much room as a 2013 Honda Fit does. For child safety seats, the Mazda2 has two full sets of LATCH hardware on the rear outboard seats. Since it's a hatchback, the cargo area (both behind the seats and with the seats folded) is roomier than those in sedans like the Mazda3. The Fit's cargo area, however, is larger. Unfortunately, the Mazda2's trunk has a somewhat awkward opening and shape, which makes it difficult to load larger items.

You won't find a flashy infotainment system in the Mazda2, but it does come with audio and climate controls that are easy to reach and use, as well as a four-speaker stereo and a USB port. Some models have upgrades like a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and cruise control, but you won't find features like a rearview camera or navigation.

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Used 2014 Mazda2 Prices

The average price of a used 2014 Mazda2 ranges from about $9,200 for the base Sport trim with a manual transmission to around $10,600 for the Touring trim with an automatic transmission. Prices vary depending on the car's trim level, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mazda2?

The 2014 Mazda2 falls right in the middle of the class for reliability, with a score of three out five from J.D. Power and Associates. This is common for used subcompact cars, with only a few models (all built by Toyota), earning a higher score.

How Safe Is the Mazda2?

Safety scores for 2014 subcompact cars tend to be lower than in other classes. The Mazda2, unfortunately, also falls below the class average. Out of five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it gets a top score in only two. No driver assistance features, not even a rearview camera, are available in the 2014 Mazda2.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mazda2?

The Mazda2 first launched in 2011 and ran through the 2014 model year, after which it was pulled from the U.S. market. You can save money by shopping for an older Mazda2, since there are no major differences among these models. You will lose out on a few goodies, though. Most notably, the 2011 and 2012 Mazda2s come with an auxiliary jack, but no USB port. For most of you, this won't be a deal breaker.

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Which Used Mazda2 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Mazda2 comes in only two varieties: Sport and Touring. Both come with a four-cylinder engine and either a manual or an automatic transmission. Between the two trims, the Touring is superior, adding driver favorites like cruise control and buttons for audio control on the steering wheel. Additional upgrades include better cloth upholstery, leather trimming on the steering wheel, and two extra speakers.

If you want the savings of a used car but yearn for a new car warranty, look for a certified pre-owned Mazda2. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 55 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our 2014 Mazda2 review is much broader than if it were based on one solitary opinion. We pull together more than 50 pieces of information to review and rank this subcompact car and include details on its mpg, crash test ratings, horsepower rating, and cargo space.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been in business for 84 years, and while we began as a news source, we also publish popular rankings, such as the Best Colleges and Best Hospitals. Our automotive team has been publishing car, truck, and SUV reviews for 10 years, leaning on 75 years of combined auto experience to create our Best Car rankings and our awards: Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families.

2014 Mazda2 and Other Cars to Consider

The subcompact car class is a mix of petite sedans and peanut-size hatchbacks. The 2014 Mazda2 falls in the middle of this class, with fun-to-drive handling augmenting its reputation and a drab interior wounding its appeal. Because the Mazda2 struggles to charm on many accounts, a number of rivals make smarter buys.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda2 or 2014 Ford Fiesta?

The 2014 Ford Fiesta – available in either sedan or hatchback configurations – is one of the few cars that are as fun to drive as a Mazda. Aside from its slightly smaller cabin, the Fiesta is better than the Mazda2 in almost every way. Its interior is one of the nicest in the class, and while the standard cloth-covered seats are plenty accommodating, some swanky enhancements can be found in select models (including leather upholstery and Recaro sport seats).

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda2 or 2014 Kia Rio?

Like the Fiesta, the 2014 Kia Rio is available as a sedan or the hatchback-style Rio5. A few uncommon features among 2014 subcompact cars can be found in the Rio, such as a user-friendly infotainment interface. Some models also come with a rearview camera and navigation (these weren't even available from the factory for a 2014 Mazda2). A polished and relatively peppy engine rounds out the Rio as a top choice.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda2 or 2014 Mazda3?

Moving up from the subcompact Mazda2 to the compact 2014 Mazda3 will raise your price by a few thousand dollars, but you'll be rewarded with a much better car. It beats the Mazda2 when it comes to rear-seat space, performance, and available features. The Mazda3 took home three of our awards that year (Best Compact Car for the Money, Best Compact Car for Families, and Best Hatchback for Families), illustrating this car's excellent value and its well-balanced design.

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