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Mazda3 Real World MPG

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  • barich1barich1 Posts: 52
    I just got 29 MPG on my last tank of gas in my 2006 3S AT with about 75% highway/rural road and 25% city. That makes me very happy considering I don't exactly drive economically (the engine just seems so happy at higher RPMs). What's odd is that my trip computer tells me that I got 24.6 MPG. It has read low consistently through every tank of gas I've had (I reset it after each tank).
  • automotoautomoto Posts: 4
    I've 20 MPG (2nd tank) for the worst case scenario in NYC. :surprise:

    -85-90% City drive.
    -Extreme heavy city stop and go NYC traffic.
    -Extreme daily traffic jam.
    -Always the fastest on the road if possible (Hard Acc + Hard Brake): 40~50 MPH Local (30 Limit) and 85+ MPH highway (40~50 Limit)
    -AC always on Max cool, Level 2~3 fan.
    -2~4 pessangers.

    I don't think I can get nor I expected to get the EPA 26/32 rating since I'm running 80% 600 ft stop & go in the city. And the worst is Mazda has put the "Zoom Zoom" curse on my car, and can't slow down anymore. :P
  • mryummryum Posts: 12
    Just got the car a week and a half ago, but so far am extremely pleased with the mileage.

    The dealer filled it up during the final test drive so I ran around town with that, along with some freeway jaunts just because this thing's a kick to drive.

    Last Monday was the first day my fiance' was going to be driving the car for her commute...which is why this car was purchased. She had been driving my 02 Chevy Avalanche for her 80 mile/day roundtrip commute...we both tired quickly of sending the oil companies close to $300/month.

    So, I filled up the 3 on Sunday in preparation for her commute Monday. It only had 176 miles on the tank and took 6.3 gallons to fill. Being that first half tank was about 50/50 city/hwy, I'm very pleased with a 27.95 mpg return.

    Here's the results of her first full week commuting...which is about 20/80 city/hwy.

    382.2 miles/12.143 gallons = 31.47 mpg

    These are exactly the kind of numbers I was hoping this car would achieve. Actually, they're a little bit better since the car isn't even broken in yet. And we ended up getting the 3s which has the bigger engine.

    I do think the new 5 speed auto in the S model is contributing to the good mileage returns on this car. Since we live in Florida, most of the time the A/C is running. And when she's commuting, it's usually at 80 mph. With the 5 speed auto, the car is only taching about 3k rpm's at those speeds.

    In a word...SWEET! We both absolutely love this little car. It's a blast to drive, very good mileage even with the auto (and downright quick too I might add), and fit n finish is comparable to cars that cost twice as much. Mazda hit a homer right outta the part on this one :)
  • jim33jim33 Posts: 10
    Papito, that seems like awfully low mileage. Since you got almost 32 on the highway, I would really look at your driving habits in traffic. Looks like a heavy pedal when starting out. If not that, have you checked your math?
  • 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.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    You 1st need to calm down a bit. Look at the window sticker more closely where the EPA figures are. And yes, you have to few miles too be this upset. Let the engine break in a bit longer and see what's going on about the 7500 mark. Most folks don't quite understand the EPA figures and the RANGE that accompanies those figures.
    If you wanted a car with great gas mileage, why on earth did you buy a Mazda man? They can't match Toyota's & Honda's for mileage. This coming from a person who's wife drives a '05 Mazda 3s and who just bought a Civic LX this past Monday. I wanted great mileage, so I passed on the 3i 2.0 liter and got the 1.8 liter in the Civic.
    Did you do any research before buying the car at all? The 3 is a fun car to drive but mileage is not it's strong suit. Suggest you chill out for awhile and your mileage will improve a bit to where you think it should be. And you also need to use your brains here also...all EPA figures are just ESTIMATES done under perfect driving conditions...nothing like real life driving!

    The Sandman :)
  • mrblonde49mrblonde49 Posts: 626
    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?
  • modockmodock Posts: 55
    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.
  • bradford1bradford1 Posts: 7
    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.
  • waygrabowwaygrabow Posts: 209
    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.
  • duff333duff333 Posts: 41
    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.

    Mark
  • slateracslaterac Posts: 85
    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.

    slaterac.
  • ecm56ecm56 Posts: 16
    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).

    Eric
  • heel2toeheel2toe Posts: 149
    The 2.0L MT seems to be a really sweet MPG performer. :)
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    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.
  • allfiredupallfiredup Posts: 736
    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.
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    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.
  • slateracslaterac Posts: 85
    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.

    slaterac.
  • msp1986msp1986 Posts: 7
    I have a 2006 Mazda 3i Automatic. I drive all city and are getting 22-23mpg.....not to far off the 26 on the sticker!
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