2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to deliver 25-percent better mileage

By Bob Nagy on April 27, 2015 1:39 PM

Our first encounter with the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata left no doubt that the automaker's SkyActiv technology makes one of the world's most iconic sports cars an even more engaging drive. Now, we know that the latest generation of this 2-seater will be more fuel efficient - by a stunning 25 percent. Just-released EPA numbers show that backing the 2016 Miata's new 2.0-liter/155-horsepower SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder engine with the standard 6-speed manual nets 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. The optional 6-speed automatic delivers 27/36/30-mpg stats. 

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Already in evidence on the current Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 as well as the soon-to-launch 2016 Mazda CX-3, the SkyActiv transition impacted every aspect of the 2016 Miata's design. The automaker used its "Gram Strategy" to bolster the new MX-5's higher-tech powertrain components and enhanced suspension with a stronger but lighter core that reduced the base curb weight by nearly 150 pounds. 

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"There has always been an MX-5 for all types of drivers, from weekend autocross and track-day enthusiasts to those who just want a stylish convertible sports car," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. "With its improved fuel-efficiency, we believe that audience will grow even larger when it goes on sale this summer."

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