2013 Mazda Mazda2 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mazda Mazda2 was new.


Interior: 7.0

The 2013 Mazda2's interior is made with hard plastics, but reviewers say that’s expected for an affordable small car. One thing many test drivers appreciate is the cabin’s simplicity. The controls are very easy to use, though that’s partly a result of its short list of optional interior features that disappoints reviewers. As for interior space, test drivers agree that the front seats offer enough room for adults, but they are divided over rear-seat space. Some reviewers think there’s enough room for adults, and others say the second row is cramped. Test drivers also think the Mazda2 disappoints when it comes to cargo space.

  • "For such a small car, the 2013 Mazda2 hatchback's interior is refreshingly large and airy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The … Mazda 2's interior gets the job done, but not much more. The overall design is without flourish, but there's an unexpected honesty about the cabin thanks to the simple controls. Hard plastics are plentiful, but that is to be expected." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • I found the Mazda2 interior to be pleasingly simple, if Spartan." -- The Los Angeles Times(2011)


The 2013 Mazda2 seats five, and some test drivers are surprised that this small hatchback has a comfortable and spacious cabin. In their evaluations, reviewers say the front seats are both spacious and comfortable for tall adults. In particular, they say that visibility is good in all directions. Assessments of the rear seats are mixed. While most reviewers are surprised that the rear seats offer enough legroom for tall adults, a minority of testers think the second row lacks head- and legroom and has flat seats.

  • "After hours of driving without soreness, we were impressed with how comfortable the 2013 Mazda2 hatchback's front seats were. Most cars in this category have stiff seats with virtually no side bolstering." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Visibility is good all around." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • The front seats are relatively comfortable and offer enough room for taller adults, though the lack of a telescoping steering wheel is a notable omission. Also disappointing are the rear seats, which are flat and cramped." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • 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." -- MarketWatch (2011)

Interior Features

The Mazda2 comes with a four-speaker stereo, auxiliary input jack and USB port. Optional features include Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo.

Competing subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio offer a lot more optional features than the Mazda2, such as navigation, an infotainment system and rearview camera. Though it lacks optional amenities, test drivers think that in some ways, the minimal features work in the Mazda2’s favor. With fewer features, many auto critics say the audio and climate controls are very easy to use. One critic also likes the standard audio system’s sound quality.

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  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • The Mazda 2's limited features list might also be a concern -- it's fine for what most people expect from this class, but most other models now offer more convenience or tech-oriented options." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Ventilation and audio controls were easy to reach and figure out. Some very nice sounds came out of the standard audio system with an abundance of bass response for those into that." -- MarketWatch (2011)


The 2013 Mazda2 has 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 27.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. Although the Mazda2 is one of the smallest hatchbacks in the class, test drivers are still disappointed that it offers less cargo space than its rivals and small interior cubbies.

  • "The hatchback's cargo area isn't as generous as that of the Nissan Versa or Honda Fit." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior storage is disappointing. The door pockets are reasonably sized, but the glovebox is small." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "With the rear seats in place, cargo capacity is 13.3 cubic feet, which is small for a hatchback." -- Edmunds (2012)

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