2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for January
February 3, 2014
Our new 2014 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring proved to be wildly popular in its first month with us. We piled on the miles, over 2,600 miles in fact. First, we followed proper break-in procedure, then we tested it at the track, and even drove it on the 120-mile Edmunds.com test loop. It's been a busy month.
Rated by the EPA to earn 31 mpg combined (27 city/37 highway), our average (even after deleting the 31.5 miles of wide-open throttle at the test track) is a disappointing 28.4 mpg. However, it is encouraging that we easily eclipsed the official 37 mpg highway figure with a remarkable 41 mpg stint on our high-biased test loop.
Clearly, the 2014 Mazda 3 can achieve remarkable fuel economy. That is, of course, depending on how it's driven. Here's its fuel log thus far.
Worst Fill MPG: 22.2
Best Fill MPG: 41.1
Average Lifetime MPG: 28.4
EPA MPG Rating: Combined 31 (27 City/37 Highway)
Best Range: 332 miles
Current Odometer: 2,654 miles
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor