The 2024 Mazda2 Hybrid is a compact hatchback that offers a refreshed design, improved fuel efficiency, and enhanced driving dynamics. The Mazda2 Hybrid is based on the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, but it has some distinctive features that set it apart from its twin.
What’s New for 2024?
The Mazda2 Hybrid has received a facelift for 2024, with a new front bumper, grille, headlights, and fog lights. The rear bumper and taillights have also been updated, giving the car a more modern and sporty look. The Mazda2 Hybrid also gets new alloy wheels and two new exterior colors: Sonic Silver and Polymetal Gray.
The interior of the Mazda2 Hybrid has been refined as well, with new upholstery options, a redesigned center console, and a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Mazda2 Hybrid also features a new digital instrument cluster that displays information such as speed, fuel level, battery charge, and driving mode.
The Mazda2 Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produces a combined output of 114 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sends power to the front wheels. The Mazda2 Hybrid can run on electric power alone for short distances at low speeds or use both the engine and the motor for optimal performance and efficiency.
The Mazda2 Hybrid has an impressive fuel economy rating of 52 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, according to the European WLTP cycle. That translates to about 44 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, according to the U.S. EPA standards. The Mazda2 Hybrid also has a low carbon dioxide emission rating of 86 grams per kilometer, making it one of the most eco-friendly cars in its class.
How Does It Drive?
The Mazda2 Hybrid is not only efficient but also fun to drive. The car has a lightweight body and a low center of gravity that enhance its agility and stability. The steering is precise and responsive, and the suspension is tuned to provide a comfortable ride and good handling. The hybrid system also delivers smooth and linear acceleration, with seamless transitions between the engine and the motor.
The Mazda2 Hybrid also comes with three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport. Normal mode provides a balanced performance for everyday driving, Eco mode optimizes fuel efficiency by reducing engine power and air conditioning output, and Sport mode increases engine power and responsiveness for more spirited driving.
The Mazda2 Hybrid also features a regenerative braking system that recovers kinetic energy during deceleration and stores it in the battery. This reduces brake wear and improves fuel economy. The driver can also use the paddle shifters on the steering wheel to adjust the level of regenerative braking from mild to strong.