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It turns out that the EPA Mazda2 combined MPG at 32 mpg's was spot on. Edmunds drove the Mazda2 for a year so far and went through many tanks of gas, turns out you can get 32mpg's or even up to 35 mpg's



Our year with the 2011 Mazda 2 is over. By the time you read this it will have left our hands and the task of writing the wrap-up article will have landed with a thud on someone's desk.

After one year and 15,372 miles of recorded fill-ups the Mazda 2 precisely nailed the EPA's combined fuel economy rating of 32 MPG. Our best tanks have exceeded the promise of 35 mpg highway on several occasions.

But it was close. The Average Lifetime MPG read 31.9 as recently as two tanks earlier, which would still have rounded up to 32 in the all-integer world of window sticker mpg. But a pair of final tanks at 34.0 and 34.5 nudged the average up to 31.98 mpg, which rounds to 32.0 and adds a decimal point of precision to the result.

Thing is, I hadn't looked at any of these figures beforehand. I didn't know it was that close and I didn't hypermile the thing to bring the numbers up. I simply drove as per usual in my semi-impatient style. And those last two tanks weren't highway tanks, either. There was plenty of city mixed in there, too. Seems to me the Mazda 2's rated mpg is getting easier to achieve with every mile.

One thing seems clear: the Mazda 2's predicted window sticker MPG numbers are absolutely realistic.
http://blogs.insideline.com/roadtes...uring-epa-combined-mpg--edmunds-observed.html
 

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Rated 34 hwy (auto) and 35 hwy (stick) per Mazda. Definitely numbers that can hit but it baffles me on their own ratings. Isn't the auto just a normal 4-speed slush box? Sticks being direct drive will always get more than 1mpg better.

I don't enter every tank on Fuelly but I've tracked 8427 miles out of 10,200. Worst was 34.6, best 42.6 and average is 39.3. Note: this is 85%-90% highway driving.
 

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Rated 34 hwy (auto) and 35 hwy (stick) per Mazda. Definitely numbers that can hit but it baffles me on their own ratings. Isn't the auto just a normal 4-speed slush box? Sticks being direct drive will always get more than 1mpg better.

I don't enter every tank on Fuelly but I've tracked 8427 miles out of 10,200. Worst was 34.6, best 42.6 and average is 39.3. Note: this is 85%-90% highway driving.

yes the 2 comes with a 4-speed. On paper the Mazda2 might look dated (granted it has been out for awhile), but I bet ya when the next gen SkyActive comes, way better mileage and better power (I assume).

Also remember there are so many factors when concerning mpg. Also consider the fact the Mazda is geared to be more sporty than FE so the gearing is obviously going to result in numbers in where most would seem "low" for an economy car.
 

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Rated 34 hwy (auto) and 35 hwy (stick) per Mazda. Definitely numbers that can hit but it baffles me on their own ratings. Isn't the auto just a normal 4-speed slush box? Sticks being direct drive will always get more than 1mpg better.

I don't enter every tank on Fuelly but I've tracked 8427 miles out of 10,200. Worst was 34.6, best 42.6 and average is 39.3. Note: this is 85%-90% highway driving.
Some manufactures tend to be really lazy with important stats like MPG's and just guesstimate it. I think thats what Mazda did here.

You'd think something as easy and vital as an MPG test to get real numbers would be done by the manufacture, I guess not with Mazda.

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yes the 2 comes with a 4-speed. On paper the Mazda2 might look dated (granted it has been out for awhile), but I bet ya when the next gen SkyActive comes, way better mileage and better power (I assume).

Also remember there are so many factors when concerning mpg. Also consider the fact the Mazda is geared to be more sporty than FE so the gearing is obviously going to result in numbers in where most would seem "low" for an economy car.
SkyActive technology will get us better gas mileage, power.... i don't know about that but i think the Mazda2 has enough power for what it is. After all were buying an A-B commuter car, it's nothing special.

I think with Mazda SkyActive technology we'll get somewhere around 30-50 percent more MPG's. Does anyone know the exact figures?
 
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