Fuel Gauge Tricks - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD: Fuel Gauge Tricks

March 13, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD

The miles are only just beginning to accumulate on our 2014 Mazda CX-5, and its fuel economy performance hasn't yet settled into a pattern. But at this point I'm digging the fuel gauge, even though it uses segments instead of an analog needle.

Each quarter-tank is divided into three segments, except the last quarter, which has six. I almost always fill up down near an eighth-tank or thereabouts, so I really like the extra resolution down where it counts.

But wait, there's more.

The Average MPG readout just above has a welcome customization feature.

2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD

You can choose to let it amass data for as long as you want and then reset it when you feel like it, or you can set it up so it automatically resets every time you clear "Trip A" in the trip computer. In many cars clearing the MPG readout is a separate step.

I reset Trip A every time I fill up, so I like the idea of tying the two together so the Average MPG readout relates only to the tank I just drove. Mainly, though, I like that there's a choice. I may want to let it run the entire length of a road trip.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,256 miles


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    How accurate, Dan, is the CX-5's avg mpg readout compared with your calculated number?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    A true Edmunds editor would run it down so there were no bars left, then complain that he could have made it to the station in the next corner, if having to coast in neutral for the last little bit, and that the gauge should only read empty when the tank is bone dry, the pump completely burned out and overheated, and the car stranded on the side of the road.

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