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Mazda3 Real World MPG



  • barich1barich1 Posts: 143
    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: 214
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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!
  • Really helped me- just wanted to share

    Ok so ive pretty much heard all the common sense as well as lousy gas saving tips. but this one was really interesting, and it answered pretty much all my questions.

    i like it alot! so just sharing the 'green'.

    what do you guys think?

  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    Nice article. Don't think that many folks can even come close to doubling their MPG by reading it, but there are some great tips in there. I am already following most of them.

    I think the biggest issue I have with MPG is the unrealistic EPA testing standards. Sticking a vehicle on a dynamometer and running it at a constant speed of 48mph with little to no wind, no stop and go traffic, no air conditioning and not taking in to account that many highways are 65mph (and most folks drive at least 70mph) is not realistic. The EPA has proposed new testing that is supposed to simulate "real world" driving conditions. They expect the new testing to alter most vehicles EPA numbers by 15-20%. I agree with the author of this article though. Depending on what type of vehicle you drive, and where you live, it is more like 30%..

    Living in a congested (stop and go), hot and humid area where I run my A/C constantly I am happy to get within 10-15% of the EPA numbers. The bottom line is that most folks are simply not going to get the EPA numbers no matter how hard they try..
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I could not agree with you more on the EPA thing. All it does is set people up to be mad at the manufacturer for "claiming" mileage they don't have a hope of attaining. :mad: They can't get those proposed changes implemented fast enough!

    It is a good article - lots of useful tips. Thanks, johnnyklude!
  • chiefjojochiefjojo Posts: 39
    The crazy thing about the 3s version is the incredibly wide range of mpg numbers you see just on this thread... from 17 to 35 mpg for the same vehicle is oustounding to me. The 3i seems to be solidly reliable in terms of good mileage (over 30 mpg). I have a 4Runner and have been considering a 3s-hatch MT for a while now to replace it, but I've been disappointed with the prospect of only a slight mpg improvement for a 4 cyl compact car versus a l000 lb heavier 6 cyl SUV. :surprise:
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    I think the wide range has a lot to do with driving habits.. The 3s is a blast to drive and when you have the A/C cranking and are zoom, zooming from red light to red light it would be very hard to get even close to the EPA city numbers. If all you do is drive your car in very short, stop and go trips, your MPG will be nothing close to the 3s owner who is driving a solid mix of highway and city.

    You also have to account for the fact that it takes time for a vehicle to be broken-in. Some folks claim they get 20mpg city in a 3s, but once they hit 5K miles or more they get more like 23-25mpg city. I also think owning a manual helps as well ( I own a 3i). I am averaging very close to the EPA numbers and my car has less than 500 miles on it. While I don't baby it too much I can also optimize the shift points vs an automatic.
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    I pulled some stats regarding the ridiculous EPA testing standards. No wonder folks do not get the EPA numbers (especially city):
    dc_driver, "Mazda3: Problems & Solutions" #3526, 14 Jul 2006 4:15 am

    Enjoy :)
  • duff333duff333 Posts: 41
    I read the article and postings here and am a bit perplexed. I've had 5 vehicles in the past 15 yrs and everyone of them was right on the mark overall, slightly better than the EPA numbers on highway and slightly lower on city.. I'm not a slow poke but then I don't jack rabbit either. Not to criticize anyone, but I really believe alot of people just don't drive "economically correct" and don't even realize it then complain they can't hit the EPA ratings.

    The big point in the article I agreed with was to not hit the brakes on the highway but use on/off the gas pedal to keep a smooth speed going. Most people don't do it and it kills your highway mileage.

    Did find it hard to believe the EPA ratings are "30%" too high - -that means a 3I manual should only get 20/25 instead of 28/35.
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    I totally agree with you, and I am usually within 3mpg of the EPA as well, but like you, I pay attention to my driving and the maintenance of my car. I think that 30% number is drastic but that there are a number of people who:
    - Do little to no highway driving
    - Jack rabbit from stop light to stop light
    - Brake at the last minute
    - Have their A/C constantly blowing at max temps
    - Make a lot of short (under 5mile trips)
    - Have their tires improperly inflated
    - Have not changed their oil and air filter regularly

    then wonder why they are averaging well below the EPA numbers. For my last four cars, I almost always hit the EPA highway numbers (within 1-2mpg) but can average anywhere from 3-5mpg under the city MPG. The reality is, I live in a congested area, drive somewhat spirited, run the A/C, and make a lot of short trips... I am not surprised that I average 26-27mpg (about 90% city driving) in my 3i manual... If I owned a 3s it would be closer to 22-24mpg. If I owned a Honda Civic I would probably average about 27-29mpg...
  • duff333duff333 Posts: 41
    DC -- if you live in DC(guessing) then getting 27-28 is absolutely excellent. I live in Baltimore area so you may be familar in that the traffic is no picnic here either.

    Think the wholw idea in getting good gas mileage is to be smooth - anticipate red lights or slow downs, etc. But some can or don't won't to sdo it. I tell my girlfriend, for instance, to let off the gas when she sees the light ahead turn red but she tells me it's too much effort "to be thinking all the time"....then complains when her mileage suffers!

    I also drive lots of rentals for work and always (90-95% highway in most cases) exceed the highway EPA for that style car even at 75-80 mph.
  • waygrabowwaygrabow Posts: 214
    I think that you have pretty well summarized many people's MPG problems (not all, some just have bad, congested commutes). I notice too much brakelight action on cars in front of me. Of course, if they left enough space ahead to just take their foot off the gas and let it coast down to lower speed, then they would risk someone cutting in front of them- can't let that happen. I saw a guy recently who would apply his brakes while going uphill when he encountered a curve.

    Filled the tank on my 3S today: 407.0 miles and 11.0 gallons.
  • roar02ramroar02ram Posts: 12
    My first couple of tanks w/my 2.3 manual hatch have been 25-27 mpg. The car's located in Los Angeles, where highways don't exist for all practical purposes (just TRY to use the cruise control at a normal hour...). Given the air conditioner's been running a good amount, I think that's pretty good.
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