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2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring Skyactiv: Monterey Road Trip Fuel Economy Report

August 23, 2012

I put nearly 1,000 miles on our 2012 Mazda 3 i Touring Skyactiv during last weekend's road trip to Monterey.

Just crunched my fuel economy numbers and realized how unusually wide the range was -- specifically, my highway numbers were very, very good, while my city numbers were pretty lousy. In this case, though, "city driving" amounts to being perpetually stuck in low-speed traffic between the historic races at Laguna Seca and the auctions in Pebble Beach.

Make the jump to see how I did against our automatic-equipped five-door's 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, 32 mpg combined EPA rating.

My best tank, spanning 328.8 miles, yielded 41.6 mpg.

My worst tank, spanning 238.8 miles, yield 24.4 mpg.

My last tank (of 3) spanned 405.1 miles and yielded 38.2 mpg.

My average mpg was 34.4 mpg over 967.7 miles. I put in 28.2 gallons of 87 octane.

These are numbers I could totally live with, especially given the direct-injected 2.0-liter engine's energetic throttle response and livable performance levels (coupled with the six-speed automatic's smarts).

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,311 miles

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