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2016 Mazda2 Fuel Economy Tops Out at 43 MPG Hwy

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/9/2015 Kelly Pleskot

The 2016 Mazda2 achieves an EPA fuel economy rating of 31/42 mpg city/hwy when paired with a six-speed manual and 33/43 mpg with the six-speed automatic. These numbers are a great improvement from the previous model, which topped out at 29/35 mpg.

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The Mazda 2's combined city and highway rating achieves a high of 37 mpg, putting it above key competitors in the subcompact segment. When paired with automatic transmissions, the Hyundai Accent tops out at 30 mpg combined while the new Kia Rio Eco squeaks out 31 mpg. The Honda Fit comes very close with a 36 mpg rating. Another competitor, the Ford Fiesta SFE, achieves 32 mpg with the automatic but 36 mpg with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder and five-speed manual.

For 2016, the Mazda2 promises to solidify its place as a core product in the Mazda lineup. Not only will it inherit Mazda's new "Kodo" design language, but it will also receive new Skyactiv treatments. In the U.S., we'll get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. This is a huge upgrade from the five-speed manual and ancient four-speed automatic from the outgoing model.

So far, we don't know much else about the new Mazda2, except that the Scion iA will be based off this model. After driving the Japanese-spec version, we expect the U.S. hatch will boast upgraded materials and more cabin space than the previous model.

2016 Mazda2 Fuel Economy Tops Out at 43 MPG Hwy

Source: EPA

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