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Mazda MAZDA3, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA3, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#256 of 961 Latest mileage, after 32,000 miles
Jun 23, 2006 (8:05 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 961 LAST 2 FILLUPS 2.0 MT
Jun 26, 2006 (9:36 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 961 Re: Wellllll ... so far ... [mdaffron]
Jul 06, 2006 (12:26 pm)
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 961 Highway Mileage
Jul 06, 2006 (7:07 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 961 Re: Highway Mileage [ecm56]
Jul 06, 2006 (7:11 pm)
The 2.0L MT seems to be a really sweet MPG performer.
Jul 07, 2006 (6:13 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 961 Mazda3 s 5-door, manual, 27 mpg average
Jul 08, 2006 (1:49 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.
#263 of 961 Re: Mazda3 s 5-door, manual, 27 mpg average [allfiredup]
Jul 08, 2006 (6:13 pm)
Nice to hear some honesty with regards to driving habits I think we have similar driving styles... That said, you still get good gas mileage overall.
#264 of 961 Re: Mazda3 s 5-door, manual, 27 mpg average [dc_driver]
Jul 10, 2006 (8:42 am)
I got 27.9 mpg on my first tank of gas and that was driving to the beach on fourth of july weekend. I think that's pretty good.