By on December 18, 2013

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Though Toyota and Nissan may be leading the charge to a hybrid plug-in future, it’s Mazda who, once again, leads the Environmental Protection Agency’s fuel economy list for the 2013 model year with an average of 27.5 mpg.

Not only does Mazda maintain its green crown in fuel economy — in part due to its SKYACTIV diesel and gasoline engines, which the automaker expects 80 percent of their 1.7 million units sold worldwide in 2016 to possess — but also has the lowest fleetwide composite carbon dioxide emissions for the outgoing model year with 324 grams per mile. Honda and Toyota make up the rest of the podium with 27 and 25.2 mpg, respectively, though Toyota’s CO2 emissions are 23 grams per mile higher than Honda’s 329 g/mi rating.

The Germans enter the list at No. 4 with VW netting an average of 26.2 mpg, while the Americans arrive with Ford at the No.8 position, rating just 22.6 mpg. Overall, the industry earned an average of 24 mpg and 370 g/mi. Kia and Hyundai were not included in this year’s EPA rankings.

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35 Comments on “EPA Declares Mazda As Most Fuel Efficient Automaker...”


  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    Hooray for SKYACTIV! Much better than the FUTRLANDFIL or the BRAKMOR engine series. Now if they can avoid using the NOFEEL steering system for those MPGs…

  • avatar
    Spartan

    Mazda doesn’t sell any trucks, so this is much ado about nothing. Not taking anything away from Mazda, but I don’t see this being a big deal due to the type of cars Mazda produces.

    • 0 avatar
      Jacob

      The real reason is that they discontinued the RX-8.

    • 0 avatar
      HerrKaLeun

      correct, and they don’t have minivans anymore (or is the MPV still sold?).

      And corrision makes the car lighter, that sure should be included as well since that is significant for Mazda.

      Honda will beat them next year when they sell nothing but Fit.

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        Do Mazda’s suffer corrision (assume you meant corrosion) more than other makes now in 2013 or is this some urban myth put about to try and discredit them?

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          The old 3′s in northern Ohio have a tinworm disease very badly. No myth here they rust bad just like every other Japanese car. There is an 2007 Camry near one of my stops south of Cleveland that is pewter color with two streaks of rusty-red streaming from the rear door handles. Thst is the worst, late model Jap carf I’ve seen.

          • 0 avatar
            tekdemon

            Must have been repainted then, the factory paint on Toyota Camrys is exceptional, I drive a ten year old Camry thats spent its life parked outdoors and driving through slush in the rust belt (Buffalo and Rochester NY) and the factory panels never developed any rust. The panels where I had to get it repainted after an accident all chip and rust easily but that’s not Toyotas fault.

            Most of the paint finish still looks new even though I hardly even washed it.

          • 0 avatar
            NormSV650

            It could be but stream red rust out of BOTH rear door handles? I do see your era models quite often with bleeding from the rear most side windows and trunk areas. It’s not that much about the snow as Cleveland area and south sees lake effect too, but the ice and salt and liquid salt they use. If driven on the highway speeds the metal is pulverized with that salt slurry.

      • 0 avatar
        chrome023

        Mazda 5 is a minivan bud

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Mazda doesn’t sell a truck, SUV, and lonly has two engines over 200 horsepower with one of the lowest average horsepower of 170, I feel Mazda is leading us back to oil embago days where the highest output car was a Corvette with 200+ jorsepower.

      • 0 avatar
        Jacob

        And the Mazda6 on the picture does not have a V6 or turbo 4 engine option. It’s quite banal, but Mazda simply does not have a suitable non-Ford sourced engine for that application yet. In the end, most people these days skip the premium engine, so it won’t hurt Mazda too much.

        • 0 avatar
          mike978

          Is it banal? From reviews it is either the best or second best mid-size sedan (with particular note of driving dynamics) in the US at the moment.

          • 0 avatar
            npaladin2000

            There are those out there that feel any car with an engine that doesn’t have “V” in the name is “banal.” Or anything under 200 HP is “banal.” There’s no sense arguing with them, it’s an article of religious faith and has nothing to do with reality. ;)

          • 0 avatar
            NormSV650

            Not here at ttac:

            http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/capsule-review-2014-mazda6/

          • 0 avatar
            ponchoman49

            Load the 6 up with passengers with the A/C running during Summer and tell me how wonderful that under powered 185 4 banger does the first time it meets a hill. There are still plenty of folks that like more power than everybody else offers in there basic models. Mazda gets this title because they have no trucks and have eliminated turbos and V6′s in all but the 9. Zoom zoom no longer applies. They should change it to yawn yawn!

          • 0 avatar
            Astigmatism

            For those who think that driving excitement involves only going as fast as you can in a straight line, a Mazda would be a poor choice; but then, there are plenty of Camry Sports and CPO Mustangs to choose from. But there’s a reason Skip Barber runs Miatas, even though a Nissan Altima would beat it in the quarter.

          • 0 avatar
            redav

            npaladin2000, exactly. I also recall conversations with people who think anything over 5 sec for 0-60 is “slow” and over 7 sec is “very slow.”

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          So Zoom-zoom no mas?

          • 0 avatar
            mike978

            ponchoman – yawn yawn – the new 3 has a 185hp engine available. No other compact other than dedicated sports models (GTI, ST etc) has anywhere near that. I would consider that zoom-zoom, even before the speed 3 appears. I wonder how they cope in Europe (land of the higher or non existent speed limit) when cars this size have much smaller engines typically. They still seem to have fun driving.

        • 0 avatar
          wmba

          Besides the various 4 cylinder engines Mazda manufactures, including diesel, they also make their version of the Ford 3.7l V6 for the CX-9. It has different cylinder heads and the block is most definitely not machined the way Ford does it.

          Mazda has the most sophisticated engine block machining equipment anywhere. It is unique. It can machine all variations of the fours and sixes on the SAME machinery. It’s extremely clever and Mazda made it themselves – it’s not available on the general market.

          There is an SAE article on this breakthrough:

          http://articles.sae.org/11783/

          So, if they had to, there’s no reason they couldn’t put that big V6 in the new Mazda6, just like they did in the previous model.

          Read the article – you’ll see Mazda isn’t asleep at the wheel.

          • 0 avatar
            redav

            I believe they opted out of the V6 in the 6 is to simplify the engine compartment & mounting points to better standardize their platform (to keep production speed up & costs down) & drop weight. Also, all their SkyActiv engines are scaled versions of the same thing, which saves them tons of effort, and maintaining a V6 in addition doubles that commitment.

            The diesel is intended to be the replacement for the V6, and that makes a lot of sense, but they need to get it to market before all the goodwill evaporates.

      • 0 avatar
        Richard Chen

        My daily drivers have all been powered by 4 cylinders, and had at most 150hp. What’s the rush?

        The Mazda5 does have wrong wheel drive, though.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      Its not like Honda sells huge numbers of trucks either!

    • 0 avatar
      USAFMech

      The Mazda dealerships around here are chock-full of big ol’ CX-9′s, mid-sized CX-7′s, and small CX-5′s. And for mini-van’s, they make the 5. But other than that, they don’t make any trucks.

  • avatar
    Bowler300

    “Kia and Hyundai were not included in this year’s EPA rankings.”
    When did they stop selling cars in the U.S.?

    • 0 avatar
      npaladin2000

      Right after they were discovered to be fudging their EPA ratings.

      It makes sense actually.

    • 0 avatar
      ppxhbqt

      Footnote from the table in the EPA report:

      2
      Two manufacturers, Hyundai and Kia, are not included in rows in the table above due to a continuing investigation. On November 2, 2012, EPA announced that Hyundai and Kia would lower their fuel economy estimates for many vehicle models as the result of an EPA investigation of test data. Based on these corrected data, Hyundai’s values are 27.2 mpg and 327 g/mi CO2 for MY 2011, 28.3 mpg and 314 g/mi CO2 for MY 2012, and 28.3 mpg and 315 g/mi CO2 for MY 2013 (preliminary). Kia’s values are 25.8 mpg and 345 g/mi CO2 for MY 2011, 26.5 mpg and 336 g/mi CO2 for MY 2012, and 27.3 mpg and 326 g/mi CO2 for MY 2013 (preliminary). These corrected data for Hyundai and Kia are included in industry-wide or “All,” values.

      So Mazda is tentatively number one.

      • 0 avatar
        tekdemon

        It’s only fair that they don’t get to win on data that has very questionable validity. You don’t get to make up numbers for everything and then win. And even if their new numbers are less bullshittastic there’s clearly still room to go, they had to further revise down the genesis sedan’s mpg from the 2013 to 2014 model year so their estimates might still run questionably high. Looking at real user reported mileage and cars like the sonata hybrid’s supposed 36mpg combined rating get rather questionable real fast.

  • avatar
    hubcap

    Good on Mazda. Now can we please have a MazdaSpeed6?

  • avatar
    chrome023

    Lets not forget no one else has a header or runs a 13:1 combustion ration…I would say mazda still ahead of the game.

    • 0 avatar
      npaladin2000

      Ford’s got the Focus up to 12:1, without any fancy pistons or 4-2-1 headers. Admittedly that’s probably absolutely topped out that former MZR’s potential, but they did it. Pretty much everyone else is hovering in the 10:1-11:1 range somewhere.

      Of course, SkyACTIV is a much better engine overall. Which is why Mazda let Ford have the MZR in the divorce. :)

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    the biggest problem that Mazda, Hyundai, Ford, etc. etc. etc. face is the spawning salmon that return to the Toyota/Honda showroom and don’t cross shop at all.

    I always just kind of shake my head when I read, “I’m trading in my ’96 Camry for a ’13 – I love Toyota and wouldn’t consider another brand.”

    The ’96 is the high point, and there is nothing “wrong” with the Camry – but there is also really nothing wrong with any of the cars in its class either.

  • avatar
    lightbulb

    I would take a Mazda over any Asian or American brand.


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