Tight Steering+Manual= Fun
By nature, most small cars are fun to drive, but the Mazda2 features some of the tightest and connected steering on a subcompact. Body roll is very minimal, and understeer is hard to find, especially considering the 2 only makes 100 hp from its 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Clutch engagement is a little numb, but the shifter has very short throws and easy to find gates.
Essentially, the Mazda2 would make a great first car for a budding enthusiast looking to find their way into the world of fun to drive cars, as the clutch is forgiving and easy to figure out.