2011 Mazda 2 Touring: Nearly 32 on the Button
November 03, 2011
After 16,000 miles in our fleet, our manual-shift 2011 Mazda 2 is averaging 31.9 mpg. That is oh so close to its EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined rating. The EPA's city figure is 29 mpg; the highway number is 35.
Last weekend, I put a lot of miles on the 2 and realized how easy it is to always be in the 30s with this car. (Maybe you'd argue that mpg should always be in the 40s with a subcompact, but at this point in the 21st century, most cars in this class are only in the 30s... our long-term 2009 Fit averaged 31.4 mpg over 21,000 miles.)
My mileage dipped to 31.1 mpg on the tank that included my back-road run and subsequent commute in heavy traffic. But on the next tank, which was mostly open highway, it was back up to 35.6.
I'm certainly not arguing that the Mazda 2 is the perfect small car. The 1.5-liter engine sounds good when you're accelerating hard, but it also never really shuts up, so there's a constant drone on the highway that not everyone will be willing to tolerate. There's also a lot of road noise, which though not unexpected in this class (particularly in the 2, which sacrifices a few comforts here and there to keep curb weight in check; ours weighs 2,274 pounds), nevertheless does get a bit tiresome during longer stints in the car.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,102 miles