1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Fuel Economy Update for June
July 2, 2013
During the month of June we put 814 miles on our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata. That's not overly surprising, as the Miata is more of a project car than one of our usual long-termers, and as such generally doesn't get a ton of miles put on it. Plus, it's small. And old. And what with the racing seat and stiff suspension, you make some compromises when you choose to drive this thing.
We averaged 22.6 mpg for the month on 91 octane premium, largely at the hands (and right foot) of photog Kurt Niebuhr, at least according to the initials in the fuel log.
The car's lifetime fuel average is now at 22.4 mpg.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 142,661 miles
Worst Fill MPG: 9.6
Best Fill MPG: 28.4
Average Lifetime MPG: 22.4
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 22
Best Range: 292.2 miles
Current Odometer: 142,661 miles