2. 2015 Mazda6: 2.5-Liter, Six-Speed Automatic, i-ELOOP – 28/40/32
Earning itself second-place honors, or scorn as the first loser, is the sporty Mazda6. From the way its chassis is dialed in to its steering, this car is more Miata than midsize.
All versions of the Mazda6 are powered by a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With features like variable valve timing and direct fuel injection it delivers a respectable 184 hp with 185 lb-ft of torque.
SEE ALSO: 2014 Mazda6 Review
There’s just one engine available in this car but things get a little more confusing in other areas. A six-speed manual or automatic are offered, but certain models can be equipped with the company’s i-ELOOP energy-storage system.
This technology stores electricity in a capacitor while the vehicle is coasting, power that can be used later to run accessories like air conditioning or the stereo, which reduces the load on the car’s alternator. It’s sort of a hybrid but at the same time not really. Have we misrepresented the facts, stacked the deck or just plain cheated by including a capacitor-equipped car? Let us know in the comments below.
As for fuel economy the Mazda6 with an automatic and i-ELOOP stickers at 28 miles per gallon city and 40 on the highway, accordingly its combined figure is 32 MPG. That same configuration sans the energy-hoarding capacitor rates at 26 city, 38 highway and 30 combined. If you want a manual transmission (and you should!) the car delivers 25, 37 and 29 MPG, respectively.