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2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv: Highway Fuel Economy

July 02, 2012

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...and what a highway 101 in California's central coast is. On the way up, I was hampered by traffic leaving L.A. and achieved only 34 miles-per-gallon of 87-octane gasoline. On the way back, I observed over 40 mpg until the full-stop in Santa Barbara (and later in Ventura) so the EPA's 39 mpg Highway is absolutely achievable. Still, a true 37 mpg is darned good with the A/C on and cruise set to about 70 mph. By the way, the self-reported average runs about 1 mpg optimistic which is better than some systems.

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Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 11,672 miles


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