Oct 17

The Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker? It’s Still Mazda.

Mazda CX-5

If you’ve been searching for a new Mazda vehicle recently, it’s likely that you’ve heard about the automaker’s SKYACTIV technology. In short, SKYACTIV increases fuel efficiency by incorporating lightweight materials and clever engineering into the vehicle’s engine, transmission, body and chassis. If there was any question that SKYACTIV is much more than just a marketing term, that doubt has been erased by the EPA’s latest fuel efficiency report, which found Mazda to be the most fuel-efficient automaker in the United States for the second straight year.

Evaluating 2013-model-year vehicles, the new EPA report placed Mazda’s fleet-wide fuel-economy average at 28.1 mpg, an impressive increase of one mile per gallon from last year’s leading rating. The 2013 model year marked the arrival of the Mazda CX-5, the brand’s first vehicle to feature the full suite of SKYACTIV technologies, and the model’s 35-mpg highway rating — the highest of any SUV — has clearly made an impact.

Mazda first made fuel-economy gains with SKYACTIV technology during the 2012 model year, outfitting its best-selling Mazda3 with an available 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine and the choice of a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission or a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. However, as much as the automaker’s fuel efficiency has improved during the past two model years, it stands to gain more ground in next year’s EPA report. Both the Mazda3 and Mazda6 received the full SKYACTIV treatment for the 2014 model year, and they now return up to 41 mpg and 40 mpg on the highway, respectively.

Though fuel efficiency is very important to modern drivers, the best news of all may be that Mazda’s SKYACTIV-equipped vehicles haven’t sacrificed the engaging ride that is expected from the brand. Stop by our Massachusetts Mazda dealership to test-drive the CX-5, Mazda3 or Mazda6 and feel their responsiveness firsthand!


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