EPA Declares Mazda As Most Fuel Efficient Automaker

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epa declares mazda as most fuel efficient automaker

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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  • Hubcap Hubcap on Dec 18, 2013

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

  • Chrome023 Chrome023 on Dec 18, 2013

    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.

    • Npaladin2000 Npaladin2000 on Dec 18, 2013

      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. :)

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Dec 18, 2013

    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.

    • Lightbulb Lightbulb on Dec 18, 2013

      People don't like change. They are more comfortable sticking with what they know and fits their needs.

  • Lightbulb Lightbulb on Dec 18, 2013

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