Fuel Economy Update for December — Future Looks Bright - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term
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edited January 2016 in Mazda
Fuel Economy Update for December — Future Looks Bright - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test
After just a few short weeks, our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is performing well, especially when it comes to fuel economy.
The 2014 LT Mazda 3, which had the larger Skyactiv engine with 30 more hp, weighing 700 lbs. more, and with a torque-converter automatic, averaged 30 mpg over 20,000 miles. And it ran on regular.
Of course, the Miata is going to get worse mpg than the 3 did, for one simple reason...it's a sports car and it's going to be driven like one.
Wait...could that be the issue with the Mustang, too...? Nah. Never mind.
Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2020 C43; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i; 2018 330i xDrive
That's what I base my opinion upon.
I don't see 5 mpg difference there. I'll be very surprised if the Miata doesn't do better than its EPA estimates, but that's not because it will be some kind of mpg champ...it's because the EPA estimates for it are low.