Fuel Economy Bests EPA Rating.....With a Stick Shift
Fuel economy is probably the primary reason someone gravitates towards a sub-compact, and in the Mazda2, the car delivers exactly what is promised. The EPA rates the manual transmission Mazda2 at 29 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined. In our week with the 2, our average was 34 mpg, measuring in just over the EPA’s combined number. Fighting against the 2′s fuel economy was how tight the chassis is, which made it hard to resist building up as much speed as possible before each turn. Driven with care, the Mazda2 could probably get even better numbers, with a stick shift.
That said, the automatic Mazda2 still relies on a four-speed gear box which surely would not deliver the same fuel numbers, and the EPA rates it at 30 mpg.