It was going to be the Ford Fiesta – with its slick styling, spiffy electronics and heavy marketing – that would be the new subcompact car to have for drivers who want something sporty.
The Fiesta is a fine automobile. It feels more substantial than a Honda Fit, and has a better balance of a smooth ride yet agile handling. But it doesn't really have an inherently fun character.
Enter the Mazda2, a more quietly styled little hatchback with a smaller engine yet lower fuel economy ratings than the Ford with which it shares its underpinnings...
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