Subcompacts can be many things; some get them for fuel economy, limited parking space, low cost, practicality for a family of three or four, but one thing is common for all current generation subcompacts; they’re all quirky in design, and the 2016 Mazda 2 Midnight Edition takes it up a notch with the Mazda 2 Premium line with our review example the midnight edition featuring black paint and red accents along with bits of aero that make the sporty subcompact even sportier.
The 2016 Mazda 2 Midnight Edition is Sporty in Just About Every Way
The Mazda 2 premium line is available in three choices; mainly the Kabuki which is a white Mazda 2 with red trim, the Crimson which is the red Mazda 2 with black trim, and this review unit which is the 2016 Mazda 2 Midnight Edition with black paint and red trim. For the Midnight Edition 2, Mazda fits new aero bits on the front spoiler, side skirts, wing spoiler, and rear skirt. All of these bits come in glossy red paint to compliment the red trim on the grille and the mag wheels. Under the hood is the same 1.5-Liter Skyactiv-G engine putting out a decent 106hp that’s good enough for city driving and other purposes.
Upon entering the Mazda 2 Midnight Edition, you are greeted by handsome leather seats with more red trim down the middle and along the seams. Sitting down, they aren’t the most comfortable over long periods of time, and because of the diminutive size of the car, you have a feeling of sitting on the car, rather than in it. But overall the interior feels good, it has a great dashboard with a now-standard for Mazda tachometer and a pop up HUD that reflects driving info on the screen so everything you need is within your periphery. Trunk space is decent but not amazing, this is a subcompact after all.
The 2016 Mazda 2 Midnight Edition handles unlike any other subcompact, it’s sporty, rev-happy, and overall, a very fun vehicle. The 2 is very willing to be flung into a corner and is not very punishing when the car exceeds its limits; The 2 handles beautifully and is perfect for the urban environment. This may not be an example of the overused press cliché of “go-kart handling,” but this Mazda comes close to it.
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