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The 2012 Mazda MX-5 isn't as efficient as its size and weight would indicate, but it's still greener than many sports cars.
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22 mpg city, 28 highway (5-speed manual); 21/28 (6-speed manual); 21/28 (6-speed auto)

With all of our high-rpm driving, we stayed at the low end of that range, turning in a final average of 22.2 mpg.

uses more expensive premium gas.

With just one engine option and three transmissions, all variants of the 2012 Mazda MX-5 are close to each other in fuel economy ratings, and they're all fairly economical, though perhaps not as much so as you'd expect given its light weight and small size.

Models with the five-speed manual transmission score 21/28 mpg city/highway in EPA testing, for 25 mpg combined. The six-speed manuals also score 21/28 mpg, but 24 mpg combined. The six-speed automatic likewise scores 21/28 mpg, but rates 23 mpg combined.

It's worth noting, however, that in our own testing, our editors have found the MX-5 capable of easily exceeding these EPA estimates in real-world use, frequently topping 32 mpg on the highway.


The 2012 Mazda MX-5 isn't as efficient as its size and weight would indicate, but it's still greener than many sports cars.

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