Mazda Models With the Best MPG & Tips to Improve Gas Mileage
Whether you want to save money on gas or make fewer stops on the road, there are many advantages of driving a fuel-efficient vehicle. From compact sedans to family friendly SUVs to zippy sports cars, Mazda offers a variety of economical vehicles for every fuel-conscious driver. Review this guide to learn about Mazda models with the best fuel economy and discover tips to improve your gas mileage for maximum efficiency.
Mazda Models With the Best MPG
When you’re choosing your next vehicle, fuel efficiency may be a significant factor in your decision. Purchasing a Mazda can help you save at the pump, putting money back into your wallet. Here are some Mazda vehicles with the best fuel economy:
The most fuel-efficient vehicle in the Mazda lineup lets you go the distance without requiring too many pit stops. Available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, the Mazda3 offers several engine options. The base sedan comes equipped with a 2.0-liter engine that offers the best fuel economy, getting an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. Moving up to the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, standard on most other trims, drops those estimates, but only slightly. You’ll get an estimated 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined on models with this engine.
When you need more room than a sedan offers but still want something that won’t take all of your money at the gas pump, take a look at the Mazda CX-30. A turbocharged engine is available for this subcompact SUV, but you’ll get better fuel economy with the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With this engine, the SUV gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined. Every Mazda CX-30 comes standard with all-wheel drive, making this vehicle both a practical and economical choice.
The Mazda CX-30’s slightly larger sibling, the CX-5, is a great choice for those who want a fuel-efficient vehicle with enough room for the whole family. This compact SUV comes standard with a 2.5-liter engine, which gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. A turbocharged engine, available on higher trims, still delivers impressive efficiency, getting an estimated 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Like the CX-30, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 comes standard with all-wheel drive to provide enhanced traction on slick roads.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Who says you can’t get fuel efficiency in a convertible sports car? Have your cake and eat it too when you drive a Mazda MX-5 Miata. This stylish sports car delivers both thrills and efficiency with its 181-horsepower 2.0 liter engine. The engine, combined with the vehicle’s lightweight frame, helps it get an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Let the top down and feel the wind in your hair as you cruise down the California highways, without worrying whether you’ll have to stop to fill up for gas.
Tips To Improve Gas Mileage
No matter which Mazda you drive, there are ways you can adjust your driving habits to improve your gas mileage. Use these tips to increase your efficiency and save money on gas costs:
Plan Your Route
Whether you’re running errands around town or embarking on a cross-country trip, it’s helpful to plan your route ahead of time to improve your efficiency. Determining your route before you start driving can help you avoid unnecessary backtracking or idling. Combine your errands when possible so you make fewer trips, and plan to drive during off-peak times to avoid stop-and-go traffic.
Typically, you get the best gas mileage when you’re traveling around 50 mph. While it’s not always possible to go this speed exactly, you can drive slower to achieve better efficiency. When you’re on the highway, reducing your speeds by even five or 10 mph can have a big impact on your fuel economy.
Use Cruise Control
Speaking of speed, it’s helpful to use cruise control when you’re on the highway to save gas. In appropriate conditions, cruise control can lead to better fuel economy. Make sure you only use cruise control when it’s safe. For example, setting the cruise control on a slippery road or gravel surface can cause a loss of control.
Be a Conservative Driver
When you speed up quickly or brake suddenly, you’re wasting gas. Instead, be a conservative driver and use good habits while you’re on the road. Accelerate gradually, brake slowly, leave enough space between yourself and other vehicles, and pay attention to avoid sudden stops. Not only will these habits keep you safe, but they can help you save money on gas.
Reduce the Weight
Often, you can improve your fuel economy by reducing the weight of your vehicle. Take out the golf clubs you use sparingly or the boxes of donations you keep meaning to drop off to lessen the load of the vehicle. Particularly in smaller vehicles, reducing the weight can have a significant impact on the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
When you’re idling in traffic, you’re getting the worst possible fuel economy: 0 mpg. If you know you won’t be moving for a while, turn off the engine to save gas. A warm engine will restart more efficiently than an idling engine wasting gas. As a bonus, shutting off an idling vehicle is better for the environment, too.
Check Your Alignment
When your tires are out of alignment, they may drag, which can reduce your fuel efficiency. You may notice this misalignment if you feel a vibration in the steering wheel when you drive. If this happens, take your vehicle to the dealership or repair shop for a tire rotation, which can help you improve your fuel efficiency (and extend the life of your tires).
Test Drive a Mazda in Orange, California
When shopping for your next fuel-efficient vehicle, you can’t go wrong with a Mazda. At Mazda of Orange, we’re proud to offer one of the largest selections of Mazda cars and SUVs in Orange County. Browse our online inventory to see our current selection, or stop by the dealership to take one for a test drive. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff can answer your questions about fuel economy, efficiency, performance, and more. With competitive pricing and various financing options, we can help you find a Mazda to meet your needs and budget. We look forward to welcoming you soon.