3. Mazda CX-5 26/35/29
When creating the CX-5 crossover, Mazda went to the drawing board to create a vehicle that was fun to drive, yet fuel efficient. This is the SkyActiv philosophy that is helping the CX-5 get noticed. By using all the SkyActiv Technologies and lightweight materials the CX-5 can get one of the best EPA rated mpg numbers on this list. 26/35 mpg city/highway equals about 29 mpg combined, and that number should be achievable in both manual or automatic transmission. The CX-5 also tops sits atop our list with the best high-way fuel rating.