Many people view the subcompact car market just as cheap, bright cars designed to get all the hipster millennials to start buying cars. We all know that not all of us millennials are hipsters and we can't afford to buy new cars without any help. There is also the age old proverb

"It is more fun to a drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow" -Confucius

I purchased a 2014 Mazda 2 (with parental assistance) yesterday, and I traded in my 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege. To some, going from a bright orange limited edition turbocharged compact car to a bright red subcompact complete with no turbo and no power is a downgrade. But I, a first time writer here, am here to do my civic duty to tell you that I bought the best kept secret on sale today.

To be fair, I do have some bias because it is my car, and obviously I will defend my decision. I will still try and be objective here. First, I will address the "best" portion of my claim. The 2 is one of the lightest cars for sale today with 4 doors, coming in at a mere 2306 pounds. A brand new modern car that only weighs 2300 pounds?! Yes, it is true. Combine this with surprisingly tight steering and a solid gearbox, and you have a fun little hot hatch on a budget. Granted, the body roll does need to be taken care of, and a couple of sway bars does the trick. Even with the body roll, it is really fun to drive. The turn in is impressive, and it feels fast enough to have some fun, but it is slow enough to let you drive close to the limit without breaking any laws.

Now, lets address the "secret" portion of my claim. Have you ever seen an ad for the Mazda 2? Yeah, I haven't either. I am of course assuming you said no, and after extensive research (a couple of quick searches on Youtube) I found one ad for the old Mazda 2 in England, and one ad for the new one, but it was for Canada. While the 2 is only average in the class in terms of interior space, fuel economy, and comfort, it leads in the ever so important smiles per gallon category. Normally, this is the part where I would say that it is not marketed correctly, but it isn't marketed at all! Now, you are probably saying things like, "How did I not know about this incredible car that could change my life!" and "Thank you for giving me this vital information!"


Honestly, it really is a miracle they sell any of these, but it deserves to be sold. So far, the 2 has actually been more fun to drive than the Speed Protege. I really loved the Protege, and I was worried I would miss it after I got the 2. Turns out my worries did not have much merit. I am fairly certain I have been smiling more than I used to. Maybe this is just enjoying something new, but I don't think it is. I drive the best kept secret on the road, and I couldn't be happier with it.

I have noticed that most of the best writers here post these bios in italics, so this will probably make me look more credible. On a more serious note, this is my first "real" article and I don't think my writing is that good but my College Writing professor seems to think otherwise so I gave it a shot. If you find any errors let me know and I will correct them right away. Oh wait, Doug DeMuro wrote his in third person. Should I have done that too?