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Mazda MAZDA3, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA3, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#186 of 961 Re: Mazda 3 fuel economy [bongjie]
Mar 12, 2006 (7:30 pm)
I have 2005 Mazda3s Sedan 5 speed bought in may-2005 Build date march-2005. Right now it has 10,000 Miles and I am consistently getting 28-31 mpg in a 50/50 mix of city/highway traffic with my wife and 2 year son. I am neither a rough driver nor a smooth one
I never got an opportunity to go for a long highway ride but I expect the gas mileage to be nearly 32 mpg in that case.
So far absolutely no problem ( TouchWood !!! )
#187 of 961 Real life, really "not that" good mileage
Mar 12, 2006 (9:48 pm)
Last tank 245 miles 12.6 gallons = 19.4 MPG - I have been a little over 20 MPG on the last few tanks.
Mostly city driving.
#188 of 961 First fillup 2006 3i MT: 31.8 mpg
Mar 19, 2006 (12:24 pm)
Just filled up my new Mazda3i Touring 5-spd for the first time. Result: 31.8 mpg. The mix was maybe 70% hiway, 30% city. Previous car was a '98 Protege - I can say with confidence the old car would have done 35 mpg on the same miles. Also, today I discovered that all 4 tires were seriously underinflated as delivered (22-25 psi vs. 32 recommended). I'm hoping for a boost from fixing that. I aim to minimize braking, but really enjoyed the zoom factor a few times this week, which the Protege doesn't have. More news on this in a few weeks.
#189 of 961 '05 3S sedan w/manual trans, my results....
Mar 23, 2006 (12:49 pm)
I have had my 3S for 11 months and calculate MPG every tankful (i know, i know anal retentive!). Now I live in a hilly portion of Southern California and I do 75% around-town driving but here's what I've gotten: 22.6MPG and on my Vegas trips I acheive 31 MPG with 2 adults & 3 year old. Not bad but I was expecting better - overall I love the car and no problems whatsoever to date! Side marker lights look like an afterthought however!
#190 of 961 First two tanks
Mar 30, 2006 (2:14 pm)
I've owned my 2006 Mazda3i MT for less than two weeks. The first fillup after 191 miles of mostly highway driving was 34.9 mpg. The second, about an equal mix of city and highway, was 31.2. Not bad. Looking forward to a 750-mile road trip next month.
#191 of 961 '06 Mazda3 Hatchback A/T 2.3 in SoCal
Mar 31, 2006 (10:05 pm)
My first 3 tanks of gas:
Pretty close to the manufacturer's rating of 25 mpg (city). I currently have about 800 mls on the car. Never went over 70 mph. Most of the driving (80-90%) was city. For comparison, I was getting approx 25-26 mpg with my 2000 Protege ES... before trading it for the M3; and that was with v. aggressive driving.
#192 of 961 700mile '06 Mazda3 5-door M/T
Apr 10, 2006 (9:37 pm)
When I bought the car, I assumed the tank was completely full, but I do not think it was. I refilled as soon as my light came on, and I was at 300 miles if I remember correctly. I drive fairly aggressively, and this was about 70%city and 30% highway, I got about 24-25MPG. Although I accelerate heavily and speed, I also coast a lot up to stop lights and in traffic to save gas to compromise for my hard starts. It is hard for me to calculate mileage because with prices so high lately, I've been just putting $10-15 in each time I stop in hopes of finding a better priced station latter. I just put 10.7 gallons in today, but It was not quite full, so it is still difficult for me to calculate mileage.
However, for the way I drive, ranging between 22 and 26 MPG is slightly lower than I wanted, but about what I should be getting. I find it strange that the overdrive gear is geared as high as it is. Cruising in 5th gear at 80MPH, I am at about 3500RPM, which seems somewhat high for optimal mileage. The car has enough low end torque to maintain speeds easily, even on hills going 80MPH at 2800-3000RPM, where I think it should be. I haven't gone on long travels yet, but considering I speed at about 80-90MPH on the interstate, my mileage will suffer, but I'll probably have more passing power without downshifting to 4th, considering VVTi kicks in between 3500 and 4000RPMs.
Apr 12, 2006 (7:01 am)
At the moment I am only avg 25.2 mpg in city only driving and shifting at 3k rpm at most. I need to take a long distance trip soon and I will be curious how my car does. I am hoping for 30mpg at least and will post my mpg number.
A friend wants a new 3 and may get the 3i which i think is a good move since gas may hit the $4-$5 one day soon. I keep eyeing the new civic with its 30/38 mpg for the manual even though I love my 3 too regardless.
#194 of 961 Re: 06 Mazda 3s sedan MT [eightiesdude]
Apr 12, 2006 (8:04 am)
At the moment I am only avg 25.2 mpg in city only driving and shifting at 3k rpm at most. I need to take a long distance trip soon and I will be curious how my car does. I am hoping for 30mpg at least and will post my mpg number. "
25.2 MPG in city driving is phenomenal. I get 26 combined
#195 of 961 Re: 06 Mazda 3s sedan MT [mrblonde49]
Apr 12, 2006 (10:22 am)
I achieved the 25.2 mpg in the city by driving real easy to the point of boring (no shifts past 3k rpm) and it wasnt really fun but it can be done. Still jealous of the mpg on those civics though.