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2014 Mazda MAZDA5 Fuel Economy

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The Mazda5 gets better gas mileage than larger minivans, but in terms of highway mileage it's no standout.

With its new six-speed automatic, the Honda Odyssey can match the Mazda 5's EPA highway rating of 28 mpg; but the Honda can't quite equal the Mazda's city ratings of 21-22 mpg. Meanwhile, the Odyssey can carry eight passengers--two more than the Mazda5.

Highway mileage isn't any better than some larger minivans; but the EPA ratings aren't any stretch.

There are also a number of smaller-car alternatives to the Mazda 5 that get significantly better mileage; and the new Ford C-Max returns 43 mpg on the EPA cycle, from its hybrid powertrain.

But it's worth noting that we’ve seen significantly better real-world results in the Mazda. In one 420-mile, varied weekend drive of a manual-gearbox model, over two mountain passes, mostly highway driving plus some city miles, we averaged nearly 30 miles per gallon.

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