Last post on Nov 05, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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Mazda, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
Dec 27, 2012 (8:26 am)
I have a Touring FWD and I constantly get 24 mpg combined. At least this is what the computer is showing. It is actually lower than rated . Even it might be off by 2mpg I'm still not very happy with my fuel economy.
#14 of 20 MPG road test in the prairies
Jun 05, 2013 (7:31 am)
I live in Ottawa, Canada. I have the 2013 topline Canadian CX5 - 2.0 liter engine with AWD.
I took a road trip to Denver (Brighton, CO) and back this spring. On the segment from Des Moines to Brighton, I started with a completely full tank, having a total cargo weight of about 450 lbs, including occupants and luggage. Conditions were clear and dry and not particularly windy.
At the start of the Des Moines segment I had just under 16000 km (10K miles) on the odometer.
Started with a full tank and ran it to pretty much bone dry. For anyone that has driven I-80 through this part of the U.S., it is pretty much as flat and straight as you will find. I had noticed previously that pushing the vehicle north of 60 MPH has a dramatic affect on the MPG, so for this test I set the cruise at 60 MPH and left it there.
Mileage: 735 km ==> 456.7 miles
Tank refill: 13.2 gallons
I was surprised, but pretty much exactly what the MPG claim of 35 MPG highway was.
#15 of 20 Re: MPG road test in the prairies [ottawacraig]
Jun 05, 2013 (9:49 am)
As a follow-up point, I should note that I was eager to see what the vehicle would do under absolutely ideal real world conditions - I do not know how it gets any better than what I described for maximizing fuel economy (crazy driving procedures aside). The reason I was curious is that I find that this vehicle is impacted dramatically with respect to fuel economy as you stray from ideal conditions. Because of the small engine, if you are an "enthusiastic" driver (historically that's me), you will demand performance levels that really bite into fuel economy. Even cruising steadily on the highway in Ontario, Canada at 120 kph (pretty common), you take a big hit in mpg.
#16 of 20 Re: MPG road test in the prairies [ottawacraig]
Jul 12, 2013 (3:16 am)
Thanks a lot for the good info.
Have you done any more testing to know how much the actual impact is if you drive more "enthusiastically", say in the highway at 75 or 80 mph? Also, have you done any testing in city driving, both pampering the pedal and also aggressively?
#17 of 20 It is up to you...
Jul 12, 2013 (7:19 am)
I have the same experience as others, the better I behave the better my mileage. When I'm more aggressive with the gas petal my mileage drops down in the 24-25 MPG range. When I'm not in a hurry it's in the 29-31 MPG range. Unfortunately, I'm usually in a hurry so my average so far with 2,630 miles is 26.4 MPG
#18 of 20 Re: It is up to you... [elbaz]
Jul 12, 2013 (7:30 am)
Yeah, I know and agree with you. Are your numbers highway miles or city driving?
Since the calculations were done so meticulously and show the MPG at highway while being careful, I wanted to know how much the hit is for being above the 60mph range. For example, maybe 65mph is just 1MPG, but 75mph is 10MPG.
#19 of 20 28MPG seems to be my limit
Aug 13, 2013 (7:45 pm)
On multiple 200 mile trips of 70% highway 30% city my 2013 AWD Touring I'm getting 28MPG.Now that's driving around 60-65 on state highways once I get on a Interstate driving 70-75MPH I'm looking at 26MPG.Still beats my 2.5 Hatch with more room and better ride
#20 of 20 22.5 so far. :-/
Nov 05, 2013 (9:53 pm)
Only driven a few hundred miles in my 2014 AWD Touring, mix of city and highway, in relatively mild weather and averaging 22.5. That's what the meter said when I got the car from the dealer with a few hundred "test drive" miles on it. Not yet to 1,000 miles. Should I expect it to break in and get me better mileage, or is something wrong? I'm probably a little more aggressive than average accellerating since it's new, but not enough to factor in a ton.
Love the car otherwise, but was definitely hoping to be in the 25-27 range with mixed city/highway driving.