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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Fuel Economy Tops Out at 36 MPG Hwy

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/23/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Official EPA numbers are out, and the fourth-generation Mazda Miata sees a 20-percent increase in fuel economy from the previous model year. Now, it manages to deliver 30 mpg combined city and highway driving.

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Miatas paired with a six-speed automatic are rated at 27/36 mpg city/highway while models with the six-speed manual hit 27/34 mpg. This is up dramatically from the 2015 model year, when the Miata topped out at 22/28 mpg for the outgoing five-speed manual and 21/28 on all other models.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Fuel Economy Tops Out at 36 MPG Hwy

For the 2016 model year, the Mazda Miata receives a 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline-four that makes 155 hp, down from the outgoing model's 167 ponies. Thanks in part to a lightweight suspension and the use of aluminum, the new Mazda MX-5 Miata First Look" target="_blank">Miata sheds 150 pounds compared to its predecessor. Its weight now comes in at 2,381 pounds with the automatic and 2,332 pounds with the manual.

Aided by Skyactiv technology, the Mazda Miata now performs better than much of its competition in terms of fuel economy. The 2016 Subaru BRZ tops out at 28 mpg in combined fuel economy when paired with a six-speed automatic, while the 2016 BMW Z4 sDrive28i hits 26 mpg. The 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost musters up to 26 mpg combined. Just like the Miata, all these models have four-cylinder engines, though all make more power.

Source: EPA

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