Fuel Economy Update for October - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mazda CX-5: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 5, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

We drove our 2014 Mazda CX-5 1,791 miles last month, averaging 25.9 mpg, just one-tenth shy of what the EPA says the CX-5 should return in combined driving. Interesting note, however, is that all-wheel-drive CX-5 owners are reporting 26.7 combined mpg averages on the EPA's Web site.

We should note that the average MPG shown in the photo above is only for the current tank, of which we've covered just 84 miles.

Trips to the Sierra mountains and San Diego helped the CX-5's long-distance fuel economy, nudging its lifetime average to 25.2 mpg, up from the 24.7 mpg we reported last month. Jacquot's downhill return trip from the Sierras yielded the CX-5's best fill to date: 31.6 mpg.

Worst Fill MPG: 20.0
Best Fill MPG: 31.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 25.2
EPA MPG Rating: 26 combined (24 city, 30 highway)
Best Range: 372.6
Current Odometer: 19,917

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 19,917 miles


  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    It is important for the automotive press to not just praise Mazda for decent EPA numbers but for engineering its cars to actually deliver on those numbers in the real world. Perhaps its because the skyactiv package is really just a refinement of relatively established approaches. So many manufacturers are achieving their lofty EPA numbers by putting undersized engines in cars and turbocharging them, or with CVTs or automatic transmissions encouraged to upshift as soon as possible. All of these amount to tricks that take advantage of the EPA test cycle but end up under-delivering when it comes to real world driving. When the turbocharged engine has to spend most of its time in heavy boost, or the CVT or automatic has to be driven aggressively to keep up with traffic you end up missing EPA numbers by a lot. It seems like the new crop of Mazdas get similar efficiency on the EPA test and in the real world. Consumers need to know this. (The EPA should know this too.)

  • yeach yeach Posts:

    22 MPG on last tank with winter tires on. 26 MPG on the previous tanks. All city driving, no highway mileage to increase MPG. CX-5GT AWD.

  • consumer77 consumer77 Posts:

    I would like to update your readers with the information that the information display on my 2014 CX-5 GT purchased Nov 2013 has a curved fuel gauge that does not match the straight left to right fuel gauge shown here in these photos. My fuel gauge curves down towards the middle and back up again to match the display itself. Looks better in my opinion curved. Also there is a new straight transmission gate with a leather boot around the shifter. It is also a much better improvement.

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