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The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 is as fuel-efficient in real-world driving as some hybrids.
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29 mpg city, 35 highway with manual, 27/33 with automatic
U.S. EPA

fuel economy is good if not worldbeating
Car and Driver

The four-speed is a rare, modern automatic that can't match manual gearbox efficiency
Motor Trend

the ratings of 27 city and 33 highway mpg aren't too impressive for a car that weighs just 2,359 pounds
Edmunds


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.

Conclusion

The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 is as fuel-efficient in real-world driving as some hybrids.

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