The Environmental Protection Agency has spoken, and these are the miles per gallon numbers it has officially bestowed on the 2014 five-door Mazda3 hatchback with the SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter engine: 29 city, 40 highway, 33 combined when fitted with the six-speed manual; 30 city, 40 highway and 33 combined when equipped with the six-speed automatic.

Those numbers exactly match the fuel economy targets that Mazda had set for the car when optioned with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G with 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. For comparison to other cars in the segment, the EPA numbers for the 2013 Honda Civic sedan are 28 city, 39 highway, 32 combined when its 140-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is paired with the five-speed automatic. The Hyundai Elantra GT gets 27 city, 37 highway and 30 combined according to the EPA when its 148-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The numbers for the 2014 Ford Focus aren't out yet.

While we wait on the EPA to confirm the numbers for the rest of the Mazda3 range, we've got to say that things keep looking better and better for this little hatch. If you'd like to start taking bets, here are Mazda's targets for the rest of the Mazda3 line-up:

Hatch

  • 2.5L 6AT: 28/37
  • 2.5L 6AT i-Eloop: 29/39
Sedan
  • 2.0L 6MT: 29/41
  • 2.0L 6AT: 30/41
  • 2.5L 6AT: 28/39
  • 2.5L 6AT i-Eloop: 29/40
That 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G gets 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, the capacitor-equipped i-Eloop system meant to help buyers who choose that engine get a few more mpg.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 2.5l with 185hp and 39mpg on the highway? Sign me up!
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I was coming on here to post the same thing. WOW! But can it be had with a manual. Hard to tell from the article. 6MT is not listed for the 2.5 but surely mazda will produce one.
      Moreno636
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jalopnik is reporting that a 2.5 with the 6 speed is coming. Sedan/GT/Tech Package/6pd MT/Black Mica/ #shutupandtakemymoney
      Bryan Pizzuti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota REALLY better watch out. 184 HP and 40 MPG on the highway? That's really something!
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Pizzuti
        And it should be lighter than the outgoing 3, too.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Pizzuti
        Toyota's got NOTHING to worry about until they build a REAL Hybrid. As most people will get, and be Disappointed with, the CITY mpg.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Pizzuti
        What FANTASY world do you live in where you drive Traffic Free Highways. You'll Get CITY MPG even on the highway during Rush Hour. This is No Replacement for a REAL Hybrid.
      aviboy97
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering no other manufacturer is remotely close in efficiency and power, this proves the skyactiv program is a success The 184hp/185tq Mazda3 gets the same efficiency as a 140hp/128tq Honda Civic. Almost 60 more ft lbs!!!
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aviboy97
        Focus hb has 160 hp and I got 44 mpg hwy and 28-30 city. Seems Mazda has more hp but less mpg. I would call that pretty close :)
          Bryan Pizzuti
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Umm, no, the Focus gets 36 MPG highway on the same driving cycle that the Mazda3 gets 40. Likewise for city mileage. We're comparing apples to apples, not to your mutated avocado. Seems like Mazda has both more power AND more MPG. Ford needs to get an EcoBoost engine into the Focus. And ditch the hypercompressed MZR they're currently using.
          Tim
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          The Mazda is rated higher highway mileage than the Ford. Just because you got better mpg doesn't mean that is what it its rated. The true way to get your mileage is not from the computer. You need to fill the tank up. Drive however long you want. Fill it up again and see how many miles you drive on that number of gallons, then you will get the true mpg
        Bryan Pizzuti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aviboy97
        Only with the i-ELOOP capacitor system. Which is just fine. :) Honda and Toyota are SO late to this party...
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      My wife's next car :>
      Jamie Elmhirst
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was hoping for a bit more of a bump, but the fuel numbers in SKYACTIV equipped Mazda3s were already pretty darn stellar, given the power and performance. The REALLY nice thing is how LITTLE a difference in fuel economy the move to the 2.5L engine makes.
      CoolMax
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can see this as my next car, but it'll be some time - my 2008 3s 5dr only has 42k trouble-free miles, averaging ~26mpg, mainly city.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh.. am I seeing the MT only available in the sedan with the 2.0l motor?
      EB110Americana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Both are very attractive compact cars (probably even the MOST attractive on sale). The practical buyers will respond to these class-leading fuel economy numbers with their buying dollars for sure. I also think Americans (and the Chinese market) will gravitate to the traditional three-box sedan form...with an honest-to-goodness hood rather than a hybrid Prius-ish wedge nose. The same reasons partially account for the success of the new-kid Cruze as well. Add to that, sportier handling and Mazda may very well have a hit on its hands.
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOVE IT! But I will add the obligatory complaint that the larger engine isn't available with a manual (Unless I'm missing something, which I hope I am)
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        according to Moreno636 it is coming...
        Gavin Varitech
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        It will come later in the 2014 model year cycle. And there will not be very many of them.
      Gavin Varitech
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would hope the 2.5 hatch with i-eloop would get AT LEAST 40 MPG highway since the 2.5 Mazda6 with i-eloop gets 40 MPG and is a few hundred pounds heavier.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a clumsy Tesla Model S knock-off
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