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Mazda5 Owners MPG-Real World Numbers



  • kivokivo Posts: 64
    I just checked my mileage and I got 24.1 for a 50-50 mix of driving. So it looks like I'm
    right where I should be, in the middle between 21 and 27. My car only has 2000 miles on it, so it isn't even broken in yet. So far, I'm very pleased with the car.
  • kalonkalon Posts: 1
    Mine is a 2006 Sport and I've had it for almost 3 yrs now. I get 18-24 mpg around town (depends on how much stop/go traffic). And I've been getting 27-29 mpg highway.

    I've had mini-vans for years (everything from an MPV to a Caravan, to the Windstar). To me the Mazda 5 is a micro-van and I've been very happy with it.
  • I have my mazda5 AT about 5 months now. My lowest mpg is 22 and highest is 38. Yes, it is possible to get 38 mpg depending on the condition and your driving habit. I drove mostly on the highway and long trips. There are a few things you have to put up with if you want to achieve this mpg. First, pump up the tire to max psi (40). Don't carry anything unnecessary. Don't go above 60mph and use the cruise control. This one is not under your control but it does help if you go with wind direction. If you don't mind having 95% of the cars pass you by, you can achieve this mpg. These are my worst and best record. My average city mpg is 25 and highway is 33.
  • enrevancheenrevanche Posts: 1
    Have owned Mazda5 for about four months now.

    I'm getting 23 mpg around town and 28-29 mpg highway - my typical mileage on one tank of gas in mixed driving is around 25 mpg. Very respectable and not out of line with what I was expecting.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,061
    I have a rental Mazda5 right now and like it, so its gotten me thinking, but the mileage has me wondering. I have a 08 Nissan Altima 2.5 with CVT I average 33 with my car (that is combined) so the much lower MPG has my wondering if I should do the trade in... I like the 610 mileage range of my car.... But the 5 is a BLAST to drive..
  • dona83dona83 Posts: 67
    I went from a Corolla to a 5... I miss the Corolla's mileage for sure but the fun to drive factor, 6 passenger capability, and big versatile cargo space more than makes up for it. It's up to you. Is your commute long? I take the train to work so the 25mpg combined average I've managed to get in my 5 so far hasn't hurt too bad at all, but when I did drive it to work one week which is around 45 miles each way, a tank of gas lasted me 4 working days. I want to note that the Mazda 5 gets the same gas mileage as the 2.4L Toyota Matrix
  • Nice mileage on the Altima, and they are comfy inside. But...the 5 is very versatile, super roomy for 4, my kayaks go on the roof with the factory rack, and you can get a bike inside, or various packages a la Home Depot depending on the configuration. I drive 20K a year, and with my 2007 GT (4 speed auto) it's a steady 25MPG, with a high of 27 and a low of 23. No reliability issues whatsoever, great vehicle! :shades:
  • gmjunggmjung Posts: 3
    I've had my 07 Mazda5 Touring 4AT since November 08, bought at 34k, now has about 39k. I took it last month on a trip from Washington DC to WI. Through the mountains of PA with the cruise set at 70 I got about 26-27mpg. Once the road flattened out in Ohio and Indiana mpg came up to around 30. From past experience the mileage falls off quickly over 3000 rpm or 70mph. In WI 50:50 suburban cruising and highway got me close to 30mpg, a far cry from the 20-24 I'm lucky to get in DC city and beltway driving. My mileage has definitely improved since taking ownership in November - either the dealer reflashed the ecu or my little Mazda didn't like winter gas, because the first few months didn't see mpgs higher than the low 20's. Very happy overall with the economy/utility mix in the Mazda5 - but on the highway some more low and mid-range torque would help, and would allow for deeper mpg-friendly gearing.
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    Dude! What company rents Mazda5? I would really like to rent one to test drive more extensively.

  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 2,061
    Enterprise here in PHX has a couple, as well as Mini Cooper Convertables...
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    There is a new engine and tranny for the 5, according to this article:
  • pi_manpi_man Posts: 9
    587 miles (odometer = 700 to 1287) 19.1 gallons = 30.7 MPG

    2009 M5 with MT. 2 people, generally around 65 MPH
  • I'm a Puget Sound road trip nut with in-laws in Finger Lakes, sister in Boston, and oldest daughter newly ensconced in college in Maine, and our 2006 MZ5 man trans is just back from a trip that included all of that. Total miles driven = 8804. Total gallons = 345.7. That makes 25.5 mpg total overall.
    This was not gentle driving - Packasport cargo box on the roof plus 3 bicycles on Thule hitch mount rack on the back. Tent camping gear for 4 plus all the college stuff eastbound. Speeds as fast as the flow of traffic, usually 70-80+ mph. But only 2 people on board except for the middle 1800 mile part (the girls of the family flew back east and only did Buffalo-Boston-Maine-Buffalo).
  • Just got back from a trip from Milwaukee to marshfield wi and back with my 06 manual shift 5.
    Including driving around while there had 516 miles on the tank when I returned and put in 15.37 gal for 33.57 mpg. ( 90% hwy miles)

    The only " tricks " I used to get this milage was to set the tires near max pressure, and use the cruise set at 68 mph max. From past experience, I have found that milage drops off fairly fast as you pass 70 mph.
  • irma2irma2 Posts: 13
    Enterprise here in Florida.
  • I concur on MPG dropping pretty quickly after you pass 70-75 mph. My 2007 Grand Tourning Mazda5 gets 24-26 MPG in daily commuting, and 29-30 overall on long trips. I've driven my M5 all over the western US. I've gotten as good as 35 mpg on a tank driving 65 mph on flat roads in good weather, and as bad as 25 mpg on a trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas--several long grades to climb and that trip I had 50 mph wind gust to contend with. With the extra frontal area of the M5, winds really hurt fuel economy. Still, the M5 really works well for me--most of the long trips I've taken in it, I had a lot of camping gear and astronomy gear with me.
  • Been tracking my new USDM 2010 Mazda5 Sport MT with my iPhone's CarCare app.

    Tanks tracked so far:

    264 miles / 10.703 gal = 24.7 mpg

    264 miles / 9.700 gal = 27.2 mpg

    368 miles / 13.146 gal = 28.0 mpg

    That last tank was my experiment to see when the low fuel light would come one. 15.9 gallons total, right? So something like 2.8 gallons left in "reserve" after the light.

    Is my 5 crying 'uncle' too soon, compared with what yours does?
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    ...I'm a little surprised the MPG numbers aren't a bit higher compared to the MPV. Our MPV gets about 19-20 city, and typically 23-24 highway. Considering it's smaller size and smaller engine, you'd think the 5 would be good for consistant 30+ MPGs highway. I was considering seeing the MPV now that don't need as large a vehicle and going to a 5, but the savings in fuel cost certaily wouldn't make it worth it.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I have an '05 Ford Freestyle that will easily get mid 20's MPG on the highway and I too was thinking about the Mazda5, but then if it wouldn't get in the 30+ MPG consistently on the highway it wouldn't be worth it. I'm waiting for the 2012 Ford C-Max Grand and 2012 redesigned Mazda 5 that should move the MPG up in the 30s.
  • dean1966dean1966 Posts: 17
    Just got back from a road 420 mile road trip with my manual shift 06, from Milwaukee down through chicago and back up around to south haven michigan and back again.

    Got a bit over 31 mpg, and again, all I did was make sure the tires were at max pressure, use the cruise control when possible and keep it below 70 mph.

    I really don't understand how people are getting only mid 20's from the 5. I average around 28mpg around town
  • ts_m5ts_m5 Posts: 4
    I just filled up my 2010 Sport Auto for the first time and for 297.5 miles (of which 215 were highway), and I got a dismal 22.5 mpg. My 2003 Saturn ION 3 (75k miles) which I traded for the 5 was still getting 27+ on the same roads, same driving style. I usually set the cruise around 72-73 mph on the highway.

    The ION was similar 4cyl 2.2L vs 4cyl 2.3L, both automatic but the 5 is about 800lbs heavier. (In fact the length, width, turning radius are almost identical which is why this was the perfect replacement for the ION, but I'm getting off topic). Using 87 octane.

    So based on some of the other posts, I'll try to keep it under 70 on the highway and see if that helps. I also can't vouch for the dealer 'topping' it off, but it was very close to full.
  • arumagearumage Posts: 922
    I also have a FWD 2005 Ford Freestyle. I average 19-21 city and 23-26 highway. Mileage greatly varies in our Freestyle due to the number of hills on the journey and the speed. My interest for the Mazda5 is mostly due to size. The Freestyle is a pretty large vehicle (18" longer than the Mazda5 but only 5" longer wheelbase). The Mazda5 is infinitely more maneuverable and far more enjoyable to drive, especially at 0-30, where the Freestyle feels much more labored. I love the Freestyle, but I can definitely see where the current Mazda5 could be very compelling, even with the somewhat unimpressive mileage numbers.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I think you're getting the good MPG because you have the manual tranny. Most people have the auto. With a manual, you can really control the shift points to max out MPG as well as the fact that a manual gets better MPG. The newer auto trannies though are supposed to get the same MPG as manuals, so we'll see.
  • dean1966dean1966 Posts: 17
    You may be right about the manual tranny having an advantage.

    I have more new data too as I just got back from another long trip. We went from milwaukee to yellowstone and then on to arco ID to see craters of the moon nat'l monument, nearly 3700 miles total, and to avoid using ethenol gas in yellowstone, I wound up trying premium.

    Suprisingly, the premium gas produced higher mpg. Previous best was 34 mpg in an unusual drive of 60 mph with no air, no wind and level terrain.

    New best of 35.04 mpg was in moderately hilly, 68 mph with air on, only difference being the premium fuel.

    In mountainous yellowstone with a speed limit of 45 mph I also saw 34 mpg with 87 octane and a new record of 39 mpg with premium. ( the 5 gets really good milage in the mountains for some reason).

    I think that the motor must allow more timing advance with higher octane to produce these results. To my mind this probally means that there would be no advantage for low load city type driving.

    I did save a tiny bit on my total trip fuel costs as the mpg improvement was slightly higher than the % increase of the premium fuel, with the added advantage, at least for out west driving is extended range. 16 gallons at 35 mpg is 560 miles.
  • ts_m5ts_m5 Posts: 4
    Wow, you're really getting good mileage. My second tank, keeping it under 70, air, another highway trip, was just over 28, so much better than my first tank of 22.5. A third tank for 25.5 was based on some hills in the Shenandoah Valley (which btw the car felt very underpowered, and I would hardly consider myself to be well under heavy load even though it amazes me how much 1 toddler requires!). The last tank, on the way home, was 28.5. I have always been using 87 octane. Maybe I'll fill up with 92/93 before the next highway trip.
  • larry8061larry8061 Posts: 37
    My last tank of a lot of freeway driving was 30.7.............

  • stillageekstillageek Posts: 114
    I drive very little. I have 17,400 miles after 26 months. Over the last 26 months I have averaged 26.9 MPG. Mostly around town driving. Longest trip ever 80 miles. Most trips under 15 miles. Very happy with the Mazda5.
  • sweendogysweendogy Left lanePosts: 1,294
    given the mpgs, the space, the style would you get this car again given all factors-- my wife looking at used 08-09-10 m5
  • ts_m5ts_m5 Posts: 4
    edited July 2010
    Yes I would recommend it to anyone who needs a sub-minivan that seats 6. I think it is ideal for us young families with 2 kids that don't want a minivan or SUV. It really is in its own class for seating, size, and sliding doors.
  • sweendogysweendogy Left lanePosts: 1,294
    thank you.. i have 1 young kid.. was thinking this or the mazda 3 hatch as well
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