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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Fuel Economy

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If there's one aspect that's a little disappointing, it's the 2011 Mazda3's fuel economy. EPA fuel economy ratings range from just 21 mpg city, 29 highway with the larger 's' engine and manual transmission up to 24/33 with the smaller 'i' engine and automatic transmission. EPA ratings for a Mazda3 s Grand Touring tester with the 2.5-liter were just 22/29 mpg, and The Car Connection saw an average of just 25 mpg over a week and 200 miles--with more than half of that gentle highway driving.

Whether it's the somewhat low gearing of the Mazda3, or its abrupt throttle, a car of this size and relatively light weight should be doing better.

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