Fuel Economy Update for October - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda Miata: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 6, 2013

1997 Mazda Miata

Since most editors treat this thing like a rusty razor blade, our 1997 Mazda Miata didn't cover a lot of ground in October. Still, we managed to run two tanks of gas through its tank. Click on through to see the numbers over the time of our ownership.

Worst Fill MPG: 9.6
Best Fill MPG: 28.4
Average Lifetime MPG: 22.5
EPA MPG Rating (city/highway combined): 22
Best Range: 292.2
Current Odometer: 144,004 miles

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @144,004 miles


  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    how do you get 9.6 mpg in a Miata? Just leave it idling, or the worst traffic jam ever and a small fill-up?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @noburgers: track day?

  • thombomb thombomb Posts:

    Before this gets out of control can we return to the days of a single post with the fuel mileage update of all the cars.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    I average around 27 mpg in my 2000 LS.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Need a comparison of your modified Miata to the supercharged FR-S...

  • How does this thing not get driven? My miata is the funnest car i have ever driven (list includes 911, m3, m5, 500E, m coupe, z8) Where are the real car guys? What happened?

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    @desmolicious, they have too many nice new cars to test drive, the Miata has no A/C and has been known to have odors and rattles. It is really just a toy. Maybe they don't really need old cars in the fleet, it fit in better when What's Hot was Inside Li

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Nearly one month later Project Miata still listed as MIA. Hope is quickly slipping as rescuers start preparing to call off SAR operations.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Two months later SAR operations have been called off due to lack of success and the impending snow-aggedon hitting the area. Project Miata is gone and dead by all accounts.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    yep, no mileage update for November or December, probably because it's been sitting unused in the garage. It has to consume some gas and get filled to determine mpg. I've pretty much given up on this long termer, too. And waiting for wrap-ups for a number of cars that silently moved from Current to Past long term lists.

  • uthiker uthiker Posts:

    I've had a 2001 and my current 2007 miata (MX5). The poorest MPG I can recall was 24 or 25... How does one get 9....Is there a leak in the tank?

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