2016 Mazda CX-3 Delivers 35 MPG on Highway | Edmunds

2016 Mazda CX-3 Delivers 35 MPG on Highway


WASHINGTON — The 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover SUV that arrives at Mazda dealerships this fall delivers 35 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The front-wheel-drive CX-3, a new entry in this growing segment, delivers 29 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway for a combined score of 31 mpg.

The four-wheel-drive 2016 CX-3 returns 27 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway, for a combined score of 29 mpg.

Buyers get only one engine option in the CX-3: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine that produces 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The CX-3 is shorter and lower than the 2015 Mazda CX-5 SUV.

Shoppers now have a better idea of how the Mazda CX-3 stacks up against key competitors in the MPG race. Those competitors include the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2015 Jeep Renegade.

The two-wheel-drive version of the 2016 HR-V delivers 28 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg.

The four-wheel-drive version of the HR-V delivers 27 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 29 mpg.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade 4x2 with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission delivers 24 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg, according to the EPA. The numbers are identical for the 4x4 Renegade with the same powertrain.

The 2015 Renegade 4x2 with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission delivers 22 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg.

Gas prices are on the rise, according to AAA, but are still lower than this time last year..

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $2.73 versus $3.65 a year ago.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers are getting a clearer picture of the new Mazda CX-3. Another critical number, its pricing, will be available closer to the on-sale date in the fall.

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