2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Shows Major Gain in Fuel Economy, EPA Says | Edmunds

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Shows Major Gain in Fuel Economy, EPA Says


WASHINGTON — The redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible gets a major improvement in fuel economy, according to the EPA.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 27 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 30 mpg.

The 2016 MX-5 Miata with the same engine and a six-speed manual transmission returns 27 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 30 mpg.

The new ratings reflect a 29 percent improvement in fuel economy for the 2016 MX-5 Miata with a six-speed automatic transmission compared with the outgoing 2015 MX-5 Miata.

In comparison, the 2015 MX-5 Miata with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission returns 21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 23 mpg.

The same car with a five-speed manual transmission returns 22 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 25 mpg. The five-speed manual is not offered in the 2016 MX-5 Miata.

The significantly improved fuel economy rating is due to a weight reduction of approximately 150 pounds in the 2016 MX-5 Miata. The new Miata starts at 2,332 pounds with a manual transmission and 2,381 pounds with an automatic transmission.

Mazda dealers are preparing for the "imminent" arrival of the MX-5 Miata, the automaker announced on Monday. Full pricing was also released at that time.

AAA reports that gas prices remain "cheap."

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Friday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. at $2.50 versus $3.68 a year ago.

Key competitors to the MX-5 Miata include the Mini Cooper Roadster and Porsche Boxster.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers who are concerned about pump prices will be cheered by the MX-5 Miata's major bump in fuel economy.

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