2016 Mazda2 Fuel Economy Ratings Announced: 43 MPG Highway – Photo Gallery

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Nevermind the badge-engineered Scion iA four-door sedan. The 2016 Mazda2 is the original and it recently received official EPA efficiency ratings. Compared to the 2015 model year, the fourth-generation Mazda2 is boasting with sensibly better fuel economy.
The 2 (or Demio as it is known in other places) is with us since 1996 or so. Many people regard the third-generation Mazda2 (DE) as the plasticky version of the Ford Fiesta... and they are right. With the fourth-gen (DJ), the Japanese manufacturer cut its ties with the Blue Oval's supermini for an in-house developed car.

In Europe, the Mazda2 can also be specified with a frugal 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D four-cylinder turbo diesel. This being the United States, a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline-fed lump will have to suffice.

When paired to a 6-speed SkyActiv-MT manual transmission, the 2016 Mazda2 is able to return an EPA-rated 31 mpg city (7.5 l/100 km) and 42 mpg (5.6 l/100 km) highway. Opt for the 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission and things get even better what the stick shift can manage.

With 33 mpg (7.1 l/100 km) city and 43 mpg (5.5 l/100 km) highway, the 2016 Mazda2 automatic is more fuel efficient than the 2015 Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Rio Eco, Hyundai Accent and 2016 Honda Fit. Only the 2016 Scion iA badge-engineered cousin is able to return similar fuel economy figures in the American supermini segment.

For the US-specification 2016 Mazda2 and Scion iA, the automaker's factory in Salamanca, Mexico will take care of manufacturing duties. Other than this location, this fuel-sipping urban dweller is assembled by Mazda in Rayong, Thailand and Hofu, Japan. The US-spec Mazda2 is slated to go on sale this fall.
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