2012 Mazda Mazda2 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Mazda Mazda2 was new.


Interior: 7.4

The 2012 Mazda2’s interior has few disappointments. It has a nice design, is made of good materials, and even though it will be cramped with three rear passengers, the front row fits two just fine. The main drawback is that a USB port and navigation aren’t available.

  • "The interior is clean and uncluttered." -- The New York Times
  • "Materials and assembly are at or above class standards. Plastics offer a pleasing grain and panels fit together well on our test car." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior design is pleasing, but the features list is surprisingly short." -- Car and Driver


The 2012 Mazda2 can seat five, but test drivers say it’s a good idea to limit seating to four. The back seat can fit tall adults, but they won’t be comfortable on long trips. The front seats, however, are very comfortable and offer good leg- and headroom. But the driver may still have trouble getting comfortable because the steering wheel doesn’t telescope.

  • "(Front Seat) Headroom and legroom are fine, though not exceptional among subcompact hatchbacks. The seats are very comfortable and feature surprisingly prominent side bolsters, which do a good job of holding occupants in place. … Visibility is good all around." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Amazingly, the 2 passed my back-seat test. A six-foot passenger will fit behind a six-foot driver. But that passenger’s head will brush the headliner. It is a four-seat car, and not a five." -- MarketWatch

Interior Features

The base 2012 Mazda2 comes with a four-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, power locks and windows and keyless entry. Upgrading to the Mazda2 Touring model adds a six-speaker stereo, cruise control and steering-wheel mounted stereo and cruise controls. With such a basic interior, test drivers think the Mazda2’s layout is simple and easy to use, but they are disappointed that the features list is so limited. A USB port, which is basic in this class, isn’t offered, and neither is a navigation system. Many small cars like the Kia Forte have a standard USB port and offer navigation.

  • "The audio controls are clearly marked and easy to use. The climate controls are handy rotary dials, though the markings to indicate which way air flows are a bit on the small side. … Also small is the audio system's LCD display. While an auxiliary stereo input port is standard, we wish Mazda would offer a USB port for connecting digital-music players." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Navigation equipment isn't standard, nor is it offered as an option or with a built-in screen." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The lone gripe on the interior was the placement of the door-lock control on the center console instead of the door. There was no center arm rest, and the steering wheel does not telescope. Yet in no way did that affect comfort for the driver." -- MarketWatch


The 2012 Mazda2 has cargo space that's in line with what you might expect from a tiny car, but reviewers are still disappointed with its limited cargo space and interior cubbies. There is 13.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and if you fold those seats down, the space grows to 27.8 cubic feet.

  • "What I found, though, was that the Mazda's space is usable. In other words, there isn't a ton of vertical space, but from side-to-side and front-to-back, there's a lot of room." -- Cars.com
  • "The 2's split-folding rear seat backs are helpful, but this car doesn't have the overall space or versatility of rival subcompact hatchbacks, such as the Honda Fit. Interior storage is disappointing. The door pockets are reasonably sized, but the glovebox is small." -- Consumer Guide

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