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GREEN | 7 out of 10
21 mpg city, 30 highway (six-speed manual, four-cylinder); 22/31 (five-speed automatic, four-cyl); 18/27 (six-speed automatic, V-6)
We turned in an average of 25.2 mpg, which isn't bad for us heavy-footed drivers who will always take the scenic route over the straight and broad.
If you go strictly by the EPA ratings, the 2012 Mazda Mazda6 doesn't have gas mileage that's especially noteworthy—or even close to class-leading.
Its EPA ratings, of 18 to 22 mpg city and 27 to 31 highway are merely average, or a bit below average, among mid-size sedans. But based on our real-world results, we think these ratings might be slightly pessimistic in this case; we've seen toward the high end of EPA Combined figures with the four-cylinder and the V-6.
Nevertheless, you won't see anything close to the Hyundai Sonata's 35-mpg highway rating in the Mazda6. Strictly by the numbers, there are plenty of greener options.
The 2012 Mazda6 isn't a gas-guzzler, but you'll have no problem finding sedans with better EPA mileage numbers.