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Mazda5 Owners MPG-Real World Numbers

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,027
This topic is for Mazda5 owners to share their actual MPG with others.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • isda65isda65 Posts: 74
    No surprise here. There's lots of stops along my 5.5km 10-minute long route to the office and back and a big hill to boot. Even if I normally drive 50-60km/hr the stops could kill any car's fuel efficiency here in North Vancouver.
  • perfectofcperfectofc Posts: 155
    I got 29mpg on my first tank... will update as I continue to drive the heck out of this car. :-)
  • mrgarymrgary Posts: 33
    I have put gas in two times so far and have gotten over 27 MPG both times.
    I drive alot of back roads and small town so don't have a lot of stop signs but also don't do much highway driving. Plus i have used the AC all the time since our temps have been in the mid 80's to the low 90's.
  • sschribersschriber Posts: 89
    Is this 29 mpg imperial?
  • perfectofcperfectofc Posts: 155
    US gallons, I did the conversion for you.
  • mrgarymrgary Posts: 33
    Jut had my low gas light come on for the first time. 350 miles on the tank of gas.
    Got 27.6 MPG this tank. 1010 Miles on it since 7 July... Just to much fun to drive.
  • bjerrybjerry Posts: 59
    Jut had my low gas light come on for the first time

    How much did you put in the tank after the light came on, if you can remember? I only got 12 gallons in it at that point. I like to wait until the light comes on, I'm trying to figure out what my fudge factor is.
  • frank4carsfrank4cars Posts: 98
    I got 300 miles on my first tank and managed to squeeze 15.02 gallons in. I have to note, though, that I had 4 other adults with me most of the time and the temp here in Southern California meant I had the air blasting all the time. The light went on when I was at around 270 miles and the needle ended up pointing at the fuel pump icon to the left of empty by the time I stopped.
  • bjerrybjerry Posts: 59
    The light came on again, and I put 12.772 gallons in, getting 22.6 mpg. It was mostly city driving.
  • ccweemsccweems Posts: 33
    Suggest reporting auto or manual. Thx
  • bjerrybjerry Posts: 59
    The light came on again, and I put 12.772 gallons in, getting 22.6 mpg. It was mostly city driving.

    Suggestion taken. This is on a touring MT 5speed.
  • frank4carsfrank4cars Posts: 98
    So mine was 20 mpg with 5 aboard, spirited driving, air on full blast, and an auto trans left in auto mode 95% of the time.
  • momstoymomstoy Posts: 30
    1st tank 22 mpg - 3-4 aboard - A/C blasting - spirited driving 50/50 city/hwy
    2nd tank 24 mpg - 3-6 aboard - " "

    I think the more I get used to driving it - the more fun it is to drive!

    5spd manual
  • So the manual gets 10-20% better mileage? That's impressive. So far this second tankful looks to be giving me a better return so maybe I was just heavier on the throttle than I realized during that first one.
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    I think it's too soon to be doing a manual/automatic comparison, since there's not very much data posted here. But, yes, the manual should get better gas mileage than the automatic.

    So far I've seen the following reports:

    Manual: low of 22 MPG, high of 29 MPG (about 7 tanks reported)
    Automatic: low of 20 MPG, high of 28 MPG (about 4 tanks reported)

    These tanks are all for different load weights, etc., and I "stole" some of the mileage reports from other Mazda5 forums. But, based on these, the Mazda5's doing a good job of meeting or exceeding the EPA estimates! :D
  • I encourage all of you MPG buffs to visit www.fueleconomy.gov. Along with tracking your own MPG, you can see real-world numbers for most cars. Sorry to say that no one has posted for the 5 yet.
  • Hi, I did my first fill-up after reaching almost a half tank. I have a Touring edition with the 5 speed manual.

    193.6 miles on 6.906 gallons = 28.03 MPG

    40% stop and go freeway traffic; 40% cruising speeds (65 MPH); 20% city streets.

    A very positive start.
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    I just filled up my Mazda5, auto trans, for the first time. 338 miles driven since the dealer filled it up, and I just put 13.35 gallons in to fill it up again: 25.3 MPG!

    About 80% of the miles were highway. Most of the miles were with only 2 people in the car (driver + passenger) but some of the miles were with 4 people. We actually drove it up a small mountain when we had 4 people in it, so I thought that our MPG would suffer...it doesn't seem like it did.

    Considering that we had the AC on 100% of the time during these 338 miles, I'm very satisfied with the MPG that I got!

    By the way, my gas light went on 18 miles before I filled up my tank, and when I filled it up I only put 13.35 gallons into the 15.9-gallon tank. Based on these numbers, I think that I had a little more than 3 gallons left in the tank when the gas light went on...that's kinda early for it to come on, but better early than too late! My Civic is the same way: it has a 13-gallon tank, but I've never put more than 11 gallons into it because the gas light goes on when there are about 3-4 gallons left in the tank.
  • I got a little over 28 mpg again. This time I had a passenger and gear in the car at least 25% of the time.

    I think once the engine really gets broken in, 30 mpg may not be out of the question.
  • 265 miles/ 12 gallons this time. So a 10 % improvement to 22 mpg. No passengers, no cargo 90 % of the time. 80/20 mix of city/ highway.
  • I am replying to myself :blush: But I wanted to report the latest. I drove 205.2 miles on 6.829 gallons for 30 MPG. Mostly freeway, with a fair amount of heavy SoCal traffic mixed in for good measure.
  • mrgarymrgary Posts: 33
    So far I have put 2027.3 Miles on my car and put in 71.66 gallons of gas for an average of 28.3 MPG. The lowest I have had so far is 27.4 MPG and the best was 31.7 :D MPG. I have been using the AC most of the time but it has finally cooled down here into the 80s so will see if MPG goes up as windows come down. As I said before I do mostly rural roads. more stop signs then traffic lights so that helps. ;) So I have put alot of miles on in a short time..to much fun to drive. But I am enjoying it.
  • r2kr2k Posts: 25
    mrgary:

    Auto or manual trans?

    Tnx
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    The "5-speed" in his subject line means manual transmission.

    The manual does seem to be doing significantly better than the automatic. I've got an auto, 25 MPG on the first tank...I'll be able ot report on the second tank within a few days.
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    I have been using the AC most of the time but it has finally cooled down here into the 80s so will see if MPG goes up as windows come down.

    The increased wind resistance when the windows are open may actually hurt your MPG. I'd be curious to see if your MPG goes up or down after turing off the AC and opening windows...
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    The increased wind resistance when the windows are open may actually hurt your MPG. I'd be curious to see if your MPG goes up or down after turing off the AC and opening windows...

    They did a segment on this in an episode of Mythbusters (Discovery Channel) a few weeks ago. They tested two identical SUVs on a track and they came out just about even in mpg's after an entire tank of gas -- one running the A/C full blast, the other with the windows down. Wind resistance was the agreed-upon mileage buster for the one with the windows down.

    Meade
  • r2kr2k Posts: 25
    Ooops, missed the subject line info...
  • 5thave5thave Posts: 13
    BEWARE!!! --

    Quote:
    "So far I've seen the following reports:

    Manual: low of 22 MPG, high of 29 MPG (about 7 tanks reported)
    Automatic: low of 20 MPG, high of 28 MPG (about 4 tanks reported)"

    Some of these reports (around low 20's) are probably calculating in Miles per U.S. gallon and others (those reporting in the high 20's) are probably reporting in Miles per IMPERIAL GALLON -- fellow Canadians, you know who you are -- and the two figures are therefore surprisingly similar.

    An excellent reference for those who are confused about the conversion:

    http://www.euronet.nl/users/grantm/frans/fuel.html

    The wife and I decided tonight we're going to order a Phantom Blue GT (Touring) w/ 5-spd and A/C. Can't wait to get it! (Dealer expects a couple months' wait perhaps!)
  • I wish my mileage was in Imperial gallons. I would be getting better than 36 mpg.
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    ...with an automatic, 615 miles total on the odometer. This was 80% city driving, short commutes to and from work. So, on my first 2 tanks I've had 25 MPG (mostly highway driving) and 22 MPG (mostly city driving). I'm actually surprised that it's pretty much exactly the EPA rating.

    mrgary's got the right idea, to report long-term MPG over multiple tanks. That takes away the uncertainty of "was the tank filled exactly the same amount each time?". I can't wait to see some 10-tank average numbers once people have driven their Mazda5s longer.
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