Mazda is the Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker Again

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

For the fifth year in a row, Mazda is the most fuel-efficient automaker in the U.S.

That’s according to the Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends Report, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report lists Mazda as having the highest overall Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy for the 2016 model year at 29.6 mpg, improving 0.4 mpg over the previous year. The Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy is the average fuel economy of all vehicles sold by an automaker over a one-year period. The EPA uses adjusted combined city and highway fuel economy figures for each model by model year, and the average is weighted for sales volume for the report.

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What makes this particularly interesting is that Mazda doesn’t have any hybrids in its lineup. Instead, the Japanese automaker focuses on its SkyActiv technologies to improve fuel economy while maintaining performance. Mazda is, however, working on electrification and plans to have most of its lineup electrified by 2035.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Elon Elon on Jan 18, 2018

    Isn't Tesla more efficient?

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    • Kaffekup Kaffekup on Jan 20, 2018

      I think they're thinking in terms of consuming petroleum products on board. Tesla's fuel is consumed at the electrical plant and comes from a variety of sources. Of course, Mazda also doesn't have a lot of heavy SUV's, and no trucks at all, in their fleet, so it's not surprising they're at the top.