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The Mazda2 was one of the sportier small cars you could buy. Its light weight (2,300 pounds), crisp handling and direct steering made it enjoyable. Exceptional ride comfort was another plus. The little hatch was also quite roomy for its size, both for front- and rear-seat passengers. Likewise, cargo volume was similar to or better than many sub-compact competitors, with the exception of the class-leading Honda Fit. Fuel economy was about average, but cars equipped with the slick-shifting manual transmission stretching the most miles from a tank of gas.