2013 Mazda Mazda2 Review

The 2013 Mazda2 is an entry-level hatchback that ranks in the middle of its class. Although it has spunky road manners and a simple cabin, it falls short of rivals in terms of acceleration, rear-seat legroom, and cargo space. It also gets lower safety scores than the competition.

Pros & Cons

  • Jazzy handling
  • No-fuss cabin
  • Poky acceleration
  • Meager rear-seat and cargo space
  • Lower safety ratings than rivals




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 7.9
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2013 Mazda Mazda2 Overview

Is the 2013 Mazda2 a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Mazda2 is a fine option for your next subcompact car, but you can do better. It accelerates slower than most of its already slow classmates. Many of the others also have more passenger and cargo space, as well as higher safety ratings. Sure, the Mazda2 is fun to take around turns, but so are alternatives like the Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic. Do yourself a favor and shop around.

Used 2013 Mazda2 Performance and Interior

The Mazda2 handles corners with agility, but its 100-horsepower four-cylinder engine is sluggish – even by class standards. You’ll likely have to floor the gas pedal in real-world driving scenarios, like passing other cars or climbing hills. Fuel economy is decent for the class, at 28-29 mpg in the city and 33-34 mpg on the highway. Still, that’s not as good as some of the Mazda2’s more fuel-efficient rivals. A five-speed manual gearbox comes standard, and a four-speed automatic transmission is available. Neither is outstanding, but the automatic feels particularly outdated compared to the six-speed transmissions found in rival subcompacts.

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Like many small cars, the five-door Mazda2 hatchback has a simple cabin constructed with hard plastics. There’s plenty of room up front, and the rear seats have adequate room by class standards. Still, tall passengers may feel cramped in the back. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the Mazda2’s rear seats. Behind those seats, there is 13.3 cubic feet of space, which is less than some rivals offer.

Features are sparse in the Mazda2. A standard four-speaker audio system comes with auxiliary and USB ports. A six-speaker audio system and cruise control are a couple of the few upgrades available. For some, the Mazda2’s simplicity equates to a no-fuss experience, but others may want an infotainment system or other gadgetry.

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Used 2013 Mazda2 Prices

On average, a base Mazda2 model with a manual transmission costs about $6,500. The Touring trim with an automatic transmission averages a little higher, at about $7,000. As with any car, the exact price of a Mazda2 depends on various factors, like mileage, condition, features, and demand.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Mazda2?

The 2013 Mazda2 has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s slightly below average for the class, but about average for the industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Mazda2?

Most of the Mazda2’s rivals have better safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the second-lowest score of Marginal in the small overlap front test. The Mazda2 scored the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the side impact and rear crash tests. Also, it earned the highest score of Good in the moderate overlap front crash and roof strength tests.

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Is the 2013 Mazda2 the Best Model Year to Buy?

Mazda introduced the Mazda2 as an all-new model for 2011. For 2013, the Mazda2 gained a standard USB port. Otherwise, the hatchback remained unchanged until its 2014 discontinuation. If you don’t need a USB port, consider a 2011 or 2012 model to save some money.

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Which Used Mazda2 Is Right for Me?

There are only two trim levels of the Mazda2: Sport and Touring. Given the base model’s sparse features list, we recommend the Touring trim over the Sport. It adds a six-speaker sound system, cruise control, a trip computer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and a rear spoiler.

For added peace of mind, consider 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Mazda2 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Mazda2 or 2013 Chevrolet Sonic?

The Mazda2 and the Chevy Sonic are both fun to take around corners. The base Sonic doesn’t offer standard USB and auxiliary ports like the Mazda, but they're included in all of its other trim levels. The Sonic offers more upgrades than the Mazda2, such as a touch-screen infotainment system and leatherette seats. It also has a lower average price, roomier rear seats, slightly more cargo space, higher safety scores, and an optional engine for more power. Stick with the Sonic.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mazda2 or 2013 Ford Fiesta?

The Ford Fiesta and the Mazda2 have sharp handling, but like most subcompact cars, neither offers a lot of power. The Fiesta has less seating and cargo space as well as a lower reliability rating. Also, it lacks some of the Mazda’s standard features, like power windows and a USB port (they are available, however). Still, unlike the Mazda2, the Fiesta has available leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a sunroof. Unless you need the extra space, we recommend the Ford over the Mazda. But because of the Fiesta’s poor reliability, we recommend searching for a certified pre-owned model.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mazda2 or 2013 Mazda3?

Available as a sedan or a hatchback, the fun-to-drive Mazda3 has stronger acceleration and sharper handling than its smaller sibling. Although the Mazda2 has a lower average price, the Mazda3 is the better car. It boasts higher safety ratings and roomier rear seats. The Mazda3 also offers a longer list of available features, including navigation and blind spot monitoring.

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