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2011 Mazda MAZDA2 Fuel Economy

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The 2011 Mazda2 gets good—though not great—fuel-economy ratings: 27 mpg city, 33 highway with the automatic, or 29/35 with the manual. But as The Car Connection's real-world driving experiences so far with the Mazda2 suggest, you're likely to see figures approach the 35 mpg mark, even if you flog it a little.

The reason? It's light. Very light. It weighs less than the second-gen Miata, clocking in at a svelte 2,306 pounds, a weight almost unthinkable in today's safety-obsessed marketplace. The light weight was earned through careful attention to what Mazda calls its "gram strategy," shaving weight from every component possible—and potentially saving both raw materials and fuel.

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