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2014 Mazda 3: Last-Minute Road Trip Miles

January 9, 2015

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Our 2014 Mazda 3's one-year anniversary was fast approaching with the sporty compact still 1,000 miles shy of the 20,000 we strive to achieve for all our new long-term vehicles. I quickly mapped out a route that would get me to the finish line. I've always wanted to take a long route to Las Vegas, but I typically drive with three or more passengers, and convincing everyone to double the time it takes to reach a destination isn't really an option. I brought my girlfriend along with the intention of taking her out for dinner somewhere nice. At Meat Master Mark Takahashi's suggestion, I made reservations at Mario Batali's Palazzo restaurant, Carnevino. With visions of prosciutto dancing in our heads, we headed out...

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2014 Mazda 3: Napa Road Trip

December 17, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Recently, I was sent to Napa Valley to drive the new Nissan Murano. Rather than take a short flight up, I decided to drive. As we're nearing the end of the term with our 2014 Mazda 3 and we needed some miles to get us closer to the 20,000-mile mark, it was the obvious choice.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 8, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

During the month of November, our 2014 Mazda 3 rolled on another 1,622 miles. Roughly 600 of those miles entailed a trip to Las Vegas, where the little Mazda averaged 30.8 mpg. Most of that was steady cruising at 70-75 mph, but there was about an hour and a half's worth of slow-moving traffic for the round trip as well. Regardless, none of the needles budged as the 3's best, worst and average fills stood pat. 

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 6, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Our 2014 Mazda 3 got a rest from the roads in October, logging only about 1,000 miles. Most of this was due to more than a week of downtime at the dealer, first to solve our bizarre rattling issue and then to fix a brake dust shield knocked out of whack during the investigation.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for September

October 6, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

September was a good month for our 2014 Mazda 3. We put on about 1,800 miles, and that included Phil's trip up and back to the Sierra for a hiking trip. Overall, we posted a slightly better fuel economy than what we achieved in prior months.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for August

September 5, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

We put 1,884 miles on our 2014 Mazda 3 during the month of August, burning 67.1 gallons of 87-octane fuel along the way. We averaged 28.1 mpg during that time, which dropped our lifetime average from 29.1 mpg down to 28.9, taking us a little further away from the EPA’s 31-mpg combined fuel economy rating.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for July

August 5, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

More than 2,000 miles were added to our 2014 Mazda 3 test car's odometer in July, mostly during Jay Kavanagh's San Francisco road trip and during a couple of weeks in Brent Romans' care.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 07, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Our 2014 Mazda 3 travelled 1,100 miles during the month of June and increased its lifetime average by 0.2 mpg.

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2014 Mazda 3: 39 MPG on a Highway Drive

June 19, 2014

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In our last fuel economy update for the 2014 Mazda 3 we noted the car's lifetime average so far: 28.9 mpg. It's an OK number, but we've been doing a lot of urban driving these past 8,000 miles. I wanted to know what our 3 could achieve in a more theoretical sense.

Early on with our 3, we did record one fill that resulted in 41 mpg. But it's worth noting that we filled up after driving just 80 miles on that trip. It'd be nice to back this number up with a little verification.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update For May

June 4, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

May was a pretty normal month for our 2014 Mazda 3. We put on about 1,600 miles and posted fuel economy similar to what we achieved in prior months.

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2014 Mazda 3: Larger Engine Worth the Extra Cost

May 13, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

When it comes to choosing which version of the 2014 Mazda 3 you want, one of the biggest decisions is whether to stick with the base 2.0-liter, four-cylinder or upgrade to the larger, 2.5-liter version.

For small hatchbacks like the 3, the extra power isn't always worth the reduction in mileage. In this case, however, I think the 2.5-liter engine is the better choice.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for April

May 8, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

It was a busy month of weekly test cars here at the office so our long-term Mazda 3 didn't get as many miles on it as usual. Those who did get behind the wheel clearly enjoyed the powerful 2.5-liter engine as the mileage figures dipped below 30 mpg on several of the tanks.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 3, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

We drove our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 nearly 1,000 miles in March and the lifetime average fuel economy continued to climb toward the EPA combined estimate of 31 mpg (27 city/37 highway).

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 6, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

In January we announced we'd been averaging 28.4 mpg compared to the EPA's rating of 31 mpg combined (27 city/37 highway). We put just over 1,500 miles on our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 in February. Did that do anything to move the MPG needle?

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 3, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Our new 2014 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring proved to be wildly popular in its first month with us. We piled on the miles, over 2,600 miles in fact. First, we followed proper break-in procedure, then we tested it at the track, and even drove it on the 120-mile Edmunds.com test loop. It's been a busy month.

Rated by the EPA to earn 31 mpg combined (27 city/37 highway), our average (even after deleting the 31.5 miles of wide-open throttle at the test track) is a disappointing 28.4 mpg. However, it is encouraging that we easily eclipsed the official 37 mpg highway figure with a remarkable 41 mpg stint on our high-biased test loop.

Clearly, the 2014 Mazda 3 can achieve remarkable fuel economy. That is, of course, depending on how it's driven. Here's its fuel log thus far.

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