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GREEN | 8 out of 10
29 mpg city, 35 highway with manual, 27/34 with automatic
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
the ratings of 27 city and 33 highway mpg aren't too impressive for a car that weighs just 2,359 pounds
The EPA gas-mileage ratings are right on the money for most cars, but our experience indicates that the 2012 Mazda2 may exceed its rated numbers in real-world use--which makes it a little greener than expected.
According to the EPA, the Mazda2 gets 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway when it's fitted with the four-speed automatic. Opt for the five-speed manual--which is probably more "zoom-zoom," to be honest--and those numbers go up to 29 city, 35 highway. For the latter, that's a combined 32-mpg rating. But our road tests indicated that the number may be closer to 35 mpg, even if you drive it energetically and flog it around.
Why so thrifty? The Mazda2 is light--very light. In fact, it weighs less than the current Miata two-seater, tipping the scales at a slender 2,300 pounds. Mazda calls the process it used the "gram strategy," meaning it shaved weight wherever and whenever possible, from every component. That saves raw materials, and it reduces the amount of fuel that needs to be burned to move it all around.
While the 2012 Mazda Mazda2's gas-mileage ratings aren't at the very top of the list, it will likely do better in real-world usage--making it almost as fuel efficient as some hybrids.