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2016 Mazda2 Fuel Economy Announced

Automobile logo Automobile 4/9/2015 Joseph Capparella

We still don’t have full U.S. specifications for the upcoming 2016 Mazda2, but the EPA has rated this new subcompact hatchback's fuel efficiency. Its high fuel-economy numbers are among the best in its class, with 37 mpg combined for the automatic transmission and 35 mpg combined for the manual.

The EPA announcement also confirms that the 2016 Mazda2 will be offered on our shores with a 1.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine. Though Mazda hasn’t provided official figures yet, we know that this same engine makes 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque in the Mazda2-based Scion iA sedan. Two transmissions will be offered, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic, the latter of which achieves higher MPG ratings in this application.

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The automatic-equipped Mazda2 is rated at 33/43 mpg city/highway, while the manual gets 31/42 mpg city/highway. These numbers are higher than the Ford Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost (31/43 mpg) and the Honda Fit (33/41 mpg), though it can’t quite match the less expensive Mitsubishi Mirage’s 37/44 mpg city/highway. Compared to the old Mazda2, the new car is in a different league, beating its predecessor’s combined efficiency figure by a whole 7 mpg.

Stay tuned to hear more details about the version of the 2016 Mazda2 destined for the U.S. market, though it is not likely to change much from the global car that debuted last year (pictured). The new Mazda2 displays Mazda’s Kodo design language and will be sold here only in five-door hatchback form, though the aforementioned Scion iA is essentially a Mazda2 sedan.

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