Accepting the importance of fuel economy in the new car buying experience, Japanese-based automaker Mazda has the credentials to be a leading vehicle choice. The auto company proudly touting their SkyActiv technology in the Mazda3 and CX-5 crossover has spent the last three model year span leading in the American marketplace in fuel efficiency. Reinforced by the research collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mazda’s fleet of vehicles provide the most value from a gallon of fuel.
Measuring the fleet-wide average fuel mileage for automobiles sold in the United States in 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years, Mazda has maintained the lead among major automakers with regards to vehicle efficiency. Fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon was obtained by Mazda’s 2011 model year vehicle fleet, according to EPA data. Proactively reacting to gains made by the vehicles produced by Honda and Toyota in 2012, average fleet-wide fuel economy for Mazda rose to 27.1 miles per gallon. With EPA data being compiled for the 2013 model year, early fuel efficiency results have placed Mazda out front of the pack again. Improving their fleet-wide performance once again by delivering an average 27.5 miles per gallon in fuel economy, the 2013 Mazda product range defends their position and features the lowest emission of CO2 gases of major car companies. Mazda’s 2013 model year product line emits 324 grams per mile of CO2 gases. Outperforming the yearly average fuel economy score by 3.5 miles per gallon, the 2013 model year Mazda cars and crossovers were among the peak of their respected classes when it comes to efficiency.
Most impressive is the way Mazda has achieved their leadership position among the auto industry in overall fuel efficiency. Instead of most automakers that rely on hybrid and electric drive technology of the centerpiece towards boosting overall fuel economy numbers, Mazda relies mostly on smaller displacement gasoline engines. Under Mazda’s SkyActiv technology and engineering, the auto company focused on creating vehicles employing optimized aerodynamics that complement the KODO design language. Lightweight construction of SkyActiv influenced Mazdas create a high efficiency structure that meets or exceeds safety standards. A variety of small to mid-sized vehicles ranging from the subcompact Mazda2 to the seven-passenger CX-9 crossover are manufactured to draw upon the advantages of SkyActiv technology while providing affordable, real-world transportation.
Proving they are able to build fuel efficiency into their vehicles, Mazda is prepared to defend its top position among the industry for 2014 and beyond. The 2013 model year vehicle data does not account for Mazda’s two most adventurous technologies attached to their SkyActiv technology philosophy. The 2014 Mazda6 will introduce United States buyers to the capacitor-based i-ELOOP energy regeneration system as well as the brand’s first diesel engine to be sold in North America. A redesigned 2014 Mazda3 will also feature the availability of the i-ELOOP system. Producing 184 horsepower from a 2.5 liter SkyActiv-G engine, the 2014 Mazda3 with i-ELOOP can go up to 40 miles per gallon highway.