Consumer Reports advises against the 2011 Mazda 2

The Mazda 2 subcompact has recently been introduced into the U.S. market after having had moderate success in Japan and Europe.

While the Mazda 2 may seem like one of the best cars for bad credit, there are a number of shortcomings that drivers might want to steer clear from, according to Consumer Reports.

The organization reports that the automatic transmission version of the vehicle managed to get 30 miles per gallon in their testing, while the manual transmission version got 33 miles per gallon. While these measures reflect fairly good fuel economy, the vehicle may not give as much bang for the buck as the Toyota Corolla, which is reportedly bigger and more comfortable than the Mazda, and gets better fuel economy.

The vehicle also reveals itself to be designed for European and Japanese markets rather than American ones in Consumer Reports testing. While it can be fun to drive on city streets, it produces a choppy, noisy ride on highways, which many Americans rely on daily. Those that need a reliable vehicle that they plan to use for long-distance driving on highways may want to reconsider the Mazda 2 subcompact.