2012 Mazda 3: At Home with this Range
October 26, 2012
I drove the 2012 Mazda 3 from Los Angeles to Napa Valley to attend the introduction of the redesigned 2013 Toyota Avalon and I was amazed at how far I could go on one tank of gas. I was so pleased with myself I pulled out the log book and searched other entries to see if anyone else went farther. YES! This was a record!
Way back when we first got the Mazda, Erin Riches predicted that we would see a lot of 400-mile tanks. We have seen five 400-mile tanks. But there were plenty of tanks pushing high 300s. Anyway, here are the numbers.
I drove 433.3 miles and used 11.55 gallons of 87-octane gas. That works out to 37.5 mpg. Since it has a 14.5 gallon tank, I could have gone another 110 miles and logged a 500-mile tank. The best part of all this was that I wasnt hyper-miling just going with the flow and keeping one eye out for the CHP.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @18,573 miles