Toyota Yaris vs. Mazda Mazda2

In the compact hatchback car segment, buyers have more than half a dozen models to choose from. To help drivers narrow down their choice, in this post we make a Toyota Yaris vs. Mazda Mazda2 comparison and decide which offers the most features and convenience equipment for the price paid.

Engine And Powertrain

Both the 2012 Toyota Yaris and Mazda2 have a 1.5liter engine, but Yaris gets about 38 mpg highway compared to 35 mpg for Mazda2. The Yaris also delivers about 106 horsepower compared to 100 in the Mazda2. Both cars are front-wheel drive, have independent front suspension, and come with variable valve timing.

The cars are almost identical in weight, about 2,300 pounds. Both come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, offer good handling, and are easy to park in tight spaces. Despite being behind in the numbers, Mazdas are well known for their solid driving dynamics making the Mazda2 a more fun car to drive.

Mazda 2

Exterior Features Comparison

The size of the two vehicles is comparable, but the Yaris is more like a coupe in terms of the shape and dimensions of the doors. Both models are available in a wide variety of colors, and the standard features are virtually the same. Both cars have a remote fuel filler door release, intermittent wipers, and come equipped with steel wheels.

Interior Amenities

Considering the price of the two models, the number of interior convenience features is impressive. Both Yaris and Mazda2 have climate control, auxiliary input jack, side guard door beams, single zone climate control, and power door locks. One advantage for the 2012 Toyota Yaris is the addition of an outside temperature gauge, something left out on Mazda2.

The Yaris also comes equipped with a cargo area light and an onboard computer, both of which are not available on the base trim Mazda2. The seatback storage is also standard on Yaris and missing entirely from Mazda2.

The front and rear headroom is virtually the same on both models. There is 39.3 inches of front headroom on the Yaris, compared to 39.1 on Mazda2. Hip room is also identical, but Mazda2 has about 87 cubic feet of interior volume compared to 84 cubic feet inside the Yaris.

Toyota Yaris Sport 2012

Safety For Driver And Passengers

Both Yaris and Mazda2 have the latest in safety technology built into the vehicle. Electronic brake distribution, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and seat belt height adjustors are standard on both models. Front deployment airbags and front side curtain airbags are included.

Halogen headlights are also standard on both Yaris and Mazda2. The vehicles have a low tire pressure indicator and pretensioners on the seat belts.

Warranty Information

Toyota and Mazda offer outstanding warranties on all models. Both Yaris and Mazda2 have an unlimited anti-corrosion protection no matter how many miles have been driven. The powertrain warranty is 60,000 miles on both vehicles, with a 36-month bumper-to-bumper protection plan.

Toyotas are highly regarded for their lengthy reliability. However, Mazdas have also proven to be reliable in recent years.

Pricing Information

The MSRP on Yaris is $14,875, and the ticker price for the 2012 Mazda2 base trim is $15,325. Comparably equipped, Mazda2 will cost on average about $450 more than Yaris. The resale value of Mazda2 is superior, however. Buyers will want to remember that the Yaris depreciates more rapidly, especially the base trim.

These two vehicles should be strongly considered in the compact hatchback class. The features are nearly identical, so buyers comparing a Toyota Yaris vs. Mazda Mazda2 will probably want to test-drive both models before making a choice about which car to purchase.

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Originally posted 2012-06-04 16:48:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat has had an interesting odyssey thus far since it returned to selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2011. The company launched the 500, which is subcompact hatchback model, with aggressive sales targets of 50,000 units. Through October 2011, the model had sold less than 16,000 units, which is quite a setback.

Fiat has launched an aggressive advertising campaign bringing in Jennifer Lopez and partnering with Italian fashion maker Gucci for a special edition model. While the car has a distinctive design and was named an Insurance Institute For Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick”, the model will receive a needed boost when the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth arrives.

Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2011
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Power & Fuel Economy

The Abarth is akin to the Cooper S in the Mini brand. While the base 500 has just a 101 horsepower engine, the Abarth is the performance models that takes the same 1.4-liter and adds a turbocharger and intercools it to produce 160 horsepower and a stout 170 pound-feet of torque in a lightweight car. The 500 Abarth weighs less than 2,600 pounds. The 500 Abarth’s 0-60 time is expected to be about 7 seconds.

The Abarth has a sport-tuned suspension, a lower-ride height, double-tipped exhausts, bigger brakes and wheels to handle the nearly 60% power boost over the base model. A rear spoiler is standard and aids aerodynamics. The model’s fuel economy should be similar to the 2012 Mini Cooper S, which gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27-mpg city and 35-mpg highway.

Taking on the Mini Cooper S

The 500 Abarth also has a spruced up interior and more muscular exterior styling with side skirts and flared wheels, which help ventilate the brake system. The model comes standard with 16-inch wheels with a 17-inch option. Buyers can also opt for a navigation system with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display and leather seats, including red and black leather.

The Fiat 500 Abarth raises the bar in small car safety with smart pedals that move out of the way during a collision to help protect the driver’s feet and legs. The model has seven airbags, 3 less than the diminutive Scion iQ.

Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2011
Creative Commons License photo credit: Autoviva.com

On Sale Soon

The Abarth 500 made its public debut at the November 2011 L.A. Auto Show. It will be interesting to see how the model competes against the Mini Cooper S. Check out our Mini Cooper vs. Fiat 500 article to see how the base models compared.

If you want Italian styling and performance at an affordable price, the Fiat 500 Abarth may be for you. The model goes on sale during the first quarter of 2012.

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Originally posted 2011-11-21 22:42:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Cheapest 2011 Cars

Below is our list of top ten cheapest 2011 cars. These our manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for base models and do not include destination charges, added options, sales taxes, dealer markups, or other costs. All of these cars are subcompact or compact models with MSRPs below $15,000 and all come standard with a five-speed manual transmission.

1. Hyundai Ascent GL 3-door, $9,985
2. Nissan Versa, $9,995
3. Chevrolet Aveo LS 4-door sedan, $11,965
4. Chevrolet Aveo5, $12,115
5. Kia Rio, $12,295
6. Toyota Yaris Liftback 3-door MT, $12,955
7. Kia Soul, $13,300
8. Ford Fiesta S, $13,320
9. Mazda Mazda2 Sport, $14,180
10. Hyundai Elantra GLS M/T, $14,830

These cars are listed by MSRP only. Buyers should consider a variety of factors besides price when making a vehicle purchase such as the five-year total cost of ownership. This includes the cost of buying, owning, and operating a car over a five year period. Vehicle resale costs are also an important consideration. For example, despite the Ford Fiesta having a higher price, it is quite likely it will have a lower five-year total cost of ownership than the Aveo.

Just missing this top ten cheapest new car list at number eleven was the Scion xD with an MSRP of $15,045. At number twelve, was the Honda Fit with an MSRP of $15,100. However, the Fit has long been considered the benchmark model of the subcompact class. At number thirteen, was the Kia Rio5. However, we should note that the Kia Rio5 was the only model in the top 13 to come standard with an (four-speed) automatic transmission. Automatic transmission typically cost about $1,000 more than manuals.

We did not include the Smart fortwo on this cheapest 2011 cars list. It would have been number four on our list as it has an MSRP of $11,990. However, while Smart is still selling 2010 fortwo’s, it did not release a 2011 model.

There are several high quality 2011 subcompact cars on this list that are worth considering. Be sure to be on the lookout for automaker incentives that can further reduce the price of a vehicle model. If you are on a really tight budget, it is reassuring to know that even in 2011, it is still possible to purchase a new car for less than $10,000.

Originally posted 2011-03-22 15:34:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2011 Subcompact Cars

With rising gas prices and ever-stretched budgets, people are increasingly looking for affordable transportation options. As a result, there are an increasing number of subcompact car models in the marketplace. This automotive segment, which offers the cheapest new cars, has heated up in the past few years and become more competitive with better quality products.

There are more than a dozen models of 2011 subcompact cars to choose from. 2011 subcompact sedans include the: Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Suzuki SX4 Sport, and Toyota Yaris. 2011 subcompact hatchback models include the: Chevrolet Aveo5, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Ascent, Kia Rio5, Kia Soul, Mazda Mazda2, Mini Cooper, Nissan Versa, Scion xD, Suzuki SX4 Crossover, and Toyota Yaris. The Aveo is actually built by South Korean manufacturer Daewoo, for Chevy. Another subcompact model for 2011 is the Honda CR-Z, but it is actually a coupe.

As you can see, hatchbacks are predominant in the subcompact class. They offer more cargo room than their subcompact sedan counterparts with comparable fuel economy. The Smart fortwo, a tiny subcompact hatchback, is not being offered as a 2011 model but 2010 models are still being sold in the U.S. As of March 2011, one 2012 model is already for sale, the Fiat 500, which is a new U.S. model for the Italian auto manufacturer.

There are three all-new subcompact models for 2011, the Ford Fiesta, Mazda Mazda2, and Honda CR-Z. The Fiesta has an optional, efficient new 6-speed automatic transmission. Nearly all of the 2011 subcompact cars offer fuel economy of between 35 and 40 miles per gall highway and can be purchased for less than $15,000.

While most of these models are geared more towards fuel economy and affordability, there are several models that target different niches. The Suzuki SX4 Crossover is the most affordable all-wheel drive model sold in America. It is also offered in front-wheel drive from for $1,000 less. The CR-Z is a model of several firsts. It is the first hybrid to have a starting retail price under $20,000 and have a six-speed manual transmission. The CR-V is a sporty coupe for two passengers.

There are an increasing number of different types of cars coming to the market, making the subcompact class more difficult to define. For example, the Nissan Cube is a small, boxy style car that is called a mini multi-purpose vehicle. These types of vehicles are popular in Japan and more are coming to the U.S. market. Some in the automotive industry consider B-segment cars to be subcompact, reserving the A-segment for even smaller or mini cars.

To learn more about 2011 subcompact cars and get industry news, continue reading our blog. We provide regular updates on new subcompact car models and comparisons. We also cover compact cars. Several compact car models are close in price to subcompact models and should also be considered if seeking an affordable new car purchase. For example, some have called the 2011 Hyundai Elantra the best new car under $15,000.

Originally posted 2011-03-22 15:22:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Compact Car Insurance

With the present condition of the US economy, most people are trying their best to manage their budgets in such a way that helps them save money and utilize it in paying off other obligations. As they keep an eye on their household expenses, they also take a watchful decision when buying their new vehicle so that they could lower the costs of their auto insurance policy. When it comes to buying a vehicle, a buyer is often considering getting a compact car and getting auto insurance quotes with the thought of saving his hard-earned dollars on the monthly premiums.

There have been many debates about whether or not driving compact cars can help you lower your auto insurance costs. The plain and simple speculation is that if you meet with an accident with your compact car, the car will more likely endure a larger amount of damage and the persons inside the vehicle are even more likely to put up with physical injuries when compared to larger vehicles like sports utility vehicle or truck. According to the IRC or the Insurance Research Council, the cost of auto insurance claims on the smaller vehicles is higher than their large counterparts. Have a look at some warnings that you must consider while insuring your compact car.

Small car injury claims have been surging recently

As mentioned earlier, the Insurance Research Council has studied that the auto injury claim payment in accidents that are caused by light-weight vehicles was 14.5% greater than the payment in accidents caused by heavy vehicles. Since most consumers in the US are looking for ways to boost their savings, they’re buying small compact cars in response to the expensive gas prices; this is directly affecting the number of injury claims. Thus, you must consider the actual auto insurance rates before going for compact auto insurance quotes.

Small car medical claims have increased lately

Another warning that you must consider while getting your compact car insured is the higher number of small car medical claims. As per the Insurance Research Council, the medical or PIP (personal injury protection) claims were 9,250 in the year 2009 and thus this rising amount of medical claims that are associated with the compact cars must be taken into account by the car owners.

While many people tend to think that with a smaller car, the cost of car insurance will be cheaper. But the actual fact is far from being true as the compact car insurance costs will be more than that of the larger vehicles. Though compact cars can run at a greater speed than the trucks and heavy vehicles, but you need to consider the safety issue when it comes to the accidents caused by the compacts. Due to the high accident probability of the compacts, you may come across a high rate when you go in search of auto insurance quotes. So, if you want to go for cheap auto insurance quotes, make sure you go with a sedan rather than a compact car.

Originally posted 2011-04-27 12:14:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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