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Mazda MAZDA3, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA3, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#253 of 963 Re: Mazda3s hatchback 2.3L - the first 1100 miles [easygoer66]
Jun 23, 2006 (6:52 am)
Bought my 2006 Mazda3 2.0L,4dr. itouring model. in January. Have 1900 miles so far, and can only get as high as 16 mpg. I live in NYC, drive mostly city, but felt when I bought the car with a sticker that boasted 26/34, I should at least get 20 mpg.
Went to the dealer 5 times, and they said was that I needed to break the car in. They then told me that I need to put 7500 miles on the car to see the advertised mpg.
This is false advertising on the part of Mazda. I would never have bought this vehicle if I knew this was the case.
Anyway, I am going to see what happens after 2500 miles, then if no change, I will trade it in.
By the way, I would like to sue both Mazda & the Dealer. "
Did you ever hear of the term your mileage may vary? You can't sue them.
And when they talk about city driving, they aren't talking about NYC traffic.
What did you get in your last car?
#254 of 963 Latest Milage
Jun 23, 2006 (10:20 am)
Just wanted to give some of you out there my milage. The last tank was 385 miles and about 12 gallons to fillup. This is mostly communting from Denver to Boulder. I did get an increase of about 1 to 2 mpg this tank as I removed my golf clubs from the trunk. My commute is mostly done at highway speeds except that the a couple of known slow down locations. So while my commute is mostly highway it is not like going on a strictly highway road trip.
#255 of 963 MPG average for first 4,000 miles
Jun 23, 2006 (11:42 am)
My Mazda 3 2.0 MT has averaged 34.31 miles per gallon for the first 4,000 miles. The last fillup was 35.9 mpg for 334 miles of mostly highway driving. However, the previous fillup for 276 miles of about 10 percent highway and 90 percent light city traffic yielded 34.5.
#256 of 963 Latest mileage, after 32,000 miles
Jun 23, 2006 (7:05 pm)
Just filled the tank yesterday on my 2004 Mazda3S MT: 438.4 miles and 12.41 gallons. That computes to 35+ mpg which is what this car has averaged for the past couple years.
If the Honda Civic really gets 7 mpg better than the Mazda you should buy it; that would be 42 mpg. We never got near that with our Civic EX, more like 27 mpg, but that was an automatic trans.
#257 of 963 LAST 2 FILLUPS 2.0 MT
Jun 26, 2006 (8:36 am)
My last 2 fillups have been 36.0 and 36.7 covering a total of about 900 miles. It's been a higher percentage of highway than my normal driving plus I always get 1-2 more mpg in the summer but still not bad. I now have over 2200 miles on the car and all is well.
#258 of 963 Re: Wellllll ... so far ... [mdaffron]
Jul 06, 2006 (11:26 am)
I'm getting between 26-30 mpg on my first tank. I was at 29 mpg after three quarters of the first tank. I think this is pretty good considering I was in traffic at the beach over the 4th of July weekend. I do seem to notice that the fuel burns faster in the city or in traffic because I got down to the beach with no trouble at all and barely used any gas until traffic.
#259 of 963 Highway Mileage
Jul 06, 2006 (6:07 pm)
I took a drive from VA to SC, mostly on I-95 in my 2005 Mazda 3i manual trans - got about 37 MPG both ways - averaging about 70 MPH. A fair amount of speeding up/slowing down due to traffic so not optimal for fuel economy. I'm getting a bit over 30 in a mix of suburban stop and go and a bit of rural - that's with A/C running. Coming up on 10,000 miles on it. Very happy with the fuel economy (and getting happier each time gas prices go up).
#260 of 963 Re: Highway Mileage [ecm56]
Jul 06, 2006 (6:11 pm)
The 2.0L MT seems to be a really sweet MPG performer.
Jul 07, 2006 (5:13 am)
Finally filled up my new 3i Touring (manual).. Averaged 26.2mpg in about 95% city driving. Not bad considering I have been cranking the A/C and have been driving through horrible rain here over the past few weeks. In addition, I am not exactly a light foot with the gas (although I have tried to take it a little easy through the break-in period).
After the engine is broken-in I would expect to get close to the EPA standard (28 city). This is a dream compared to the 15-17mpg I was averaging in my Tribute (4WD) in mostly city driving.
#262 of 963 Mazda3 s 5-door, manual, 27 mpg average
Jul 08, 2006 (12:49 pm)
I'm dragging down the average I'm sure, but I can explain. I am a fast and somewhat agressive driver. I drive on a 7-lane interstate each way to work and very few people other than myself seem to understand the concept of 'slower traffic keep right'. Never mind that they're doing 55 in a 65 zone in the left lane and have a line of 20 cars bumper-to-bumper behind them. I hate passing on the right, but sometimes have no choice if I want to get around them. That happens several times each way on average. Downshifting and flooring it isn't that good for fuel economy.
I'd also say I average 75-80 mph most of the time, too. A lot of Atlanta commutters drive at those speeds. They don't call I-285 the Atlanta Autobahn for nothing. Fuel economy figures are much better down at 60 mph or so.
I've been average within .5 of 27mpg for the last two tanks. That's also with the A/C running constantly. In the winter I was getting as high as 29mpg.