2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Fuel Economy Update for July
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 5, 2016
It's a genuine challenge to get bad fuel economy in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. I submit the 104.4-mile trip depicted above as evidence. I was on the throttle hard for most of those miles, shooting around town between zero and maybe 50 mph, often leaving it in a lower gear to keep the revs up (because sports car, not because this engine needs 'em).
The blasted thing's still giving me an indicated 27.6 mpg.
Not surprisingly, July was another solid month for the Miata's overall fuel economy. Although we didn't quite hit the EPA combined rating of 30 mpg, we were close, and most of the miles were accrued by yours truly in the abovementioned driving style. By sports-car standards, this ND Miata is a fuel-sipper of the highest order.
Worst Fill MPG: 22.2
Best Fill MPG: 37.5
Average Lifetime MPG: 29.8
EPA MPG Rating: 30 Combined (24 City/34 Highway)
Best Range: 329 miles (formerly 311.2)
Current Odometer: 11,513 miles
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 11,513 miles