March Fuel Economy Is Right on Target - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Mazda Miata: March Fuel Economy Is Right on Target

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 7, 2016

2016 Mazda Miata

To the surprise of no one, our 2016 Mazda Miata is becoming more popular as the weather warms. Some 2,365 miles were added this month, and they bolstered our impression that the Mazda Miata is one of those cars that can readily match its EPA fuel economy rating.

With 8,228 miles of mixed driving now on the clock, our Miata's lifetime average of 30.2 mpg falls right in line with its EPA combined rating of 30 mpg.

And we beat the Miata's 34-mpg EPA highway rating again, setting a new best tank of 37.5 mpg, with a new best range of 329 miles thrown in for good measure.

Sure, there were road trip miles, but more than one staffer thinks it's too loud and too lacking in interior storage for extended long-distance work. Whether you agree with that or not, the fact that we have larger road-trip machines to choose from ensures that our Miata driving mix includes plenty of local miles.

My own 292-mile weekend tank of 29.4 mpg included a mix of city and highway miles, and I never strayed more than a couple dozen miles from home base. I went to the Long-Beach Formula-E race, attended the Tesla Model 3 unveiling in Hawthorne and drove to my local Tesla dealer at 4:20 am to stand in line and put down a deposit on a *spoiler alert* future Edmunds long-term vehicle.

I wouldn't have guessed the Miata would get that close to EPA combined on a tank like that, but it ended up surprisingly close.

Worst Fill MPG: 22.2
Best Fill MPG: 37.5 (formerly 36.5)
Average Lifetime MPG: 30.2 (3.3 gallons per 100 miles)
EPA MPG Rating: 30 Combined (24 City/34 Highway)
Best Range: 329 miles (formerly 311.2)
Current Odometer: 8,228 miles

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 8,228 miles

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