Sleek, smooth and easy on the eyes, the 2012 Mazda2's simple styling offers a subtle hint at its underlying sporty nature.

The Mazda2 is fitted with an MZR 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 100 horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque. The Mazda2 linear acceleration and deceleration responds crisply to how far the accelerator pedal is depressed, allowing the driver to control car speed as desired. The Mazda2 responds to the accelerator for quick off-the-line acceleration and overtaking.

The contoured dashboard presents control buttons and the instrument panel in a forward, easy-to-reach manner. With the overall interior design focusing on a central area for all driver and passenger audio and climate control functions, the central dash shape is minimized and curved away from occupants to further create a feeling of openness.

To complement the function of the center dash are high-quality ergonomics used throughout the cabin. Silver garnish adorns the A/C vents, door armrests and the shift knob and its surrounding gate and trim on Mazda2 Sport models.

The Mazda2 Touring receives upgraded features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Touring models receive upgraded black seat upholstery highlighted by red piping.

The Mazda2 offers an efficient 13.3 cubic feet of storage room. With the 60/40 split fold-down rear seats folded flat, that cargo capacity expands to 27.8 cubic feet, not to mention the numerous cubbies and storage spaces throughout the interior, such as bottle-holder pockets in the doors and a center console storage tray.

Base model estimated mpg: 29/35 • Estimated starting price: $14,370