2012 Mazda2 Fuel Economy Improves

2012 Mazda2 We’ve already outlined some of the major changes coming to Mazda’s lineup for the 2012 model year, including the refreshed Mazda3 and the discontinuation of the Mazda RX-8 and Tribute. Most other models are carryovers, with one minor exception.

When it goes on sale, the 2012 Mazda2 with an automatic transmission will see its fuel economy improve 1 mpg in city and highway driving, to 28/34 mpg city/highway and 30 mpg combined. Fuel economy for the Mazda2 with a manual transmission remains the same at 29/35 mpg and 32 mpg combined. 

There's no word yet on pricing or a release date for the updated 2012 Mazda2.

By Colin Bird | October 6, 2011 | Comments (8)


Ike G.

I recently had a 2011 Mazda2 as a rental from Hertz for two weeks, and I was impressed. It was an automatic version and it had plenty of pep and was real easy on the gas. I ran the hell out of it on the Interstates cruising easy at 85+mph and still got great gas mileage, like better than what's advertised. Between tankfuls I got as much as 36mpg highway. I didn't drive much in the city. Great car. Can the 2012 model be even better?


Mazda2 looking good. I drove the Fiesta and the Manual transmission was very disappointing, very clumsy for what should be a clever car, and the Fiesta MPG with the Manual is less than that of the 2.


Why is there no menton of how this car trails the class leaders in mileage. When sonic mileage was revealed you guys were quick to point out how it lagged behind the accent and fiesta in mpgs. The mazda2 has lagged in mileage since introduction in spite of being lightest in class aand having a weak engine.


A 1 MPG improvement is nothing to write home about. If I recall, this is a 100-hp motor. Improvement is always good, but if the SkyActiv Mazda 3 is going to get 40, I don't think this paltry improvement is going to do much for the 2's sales.

I prefer small hatchbacks and the reviews I've read about the 2's indicate it's a fun car to drive. I'd have a tough time choosing it over a larger 40mpg alternative, though. If they dropped in a 6-speed for both manual and auto, that would probably improve MPG's enough to actually have some bragging rights.

Ike G,

In my line of work I get to drive a lot of rental cars at my destinations. And Mazda has that 'fun-to-drive' factor (aka the zoom-zoom factor) that others lack. The mpg on other cars could very well be better than on a Mazda, but who cares about mpg if the car is a dog to drive? At least a Mazda, any Mazda, is a blast to drive compared to their competition. Another fun one is the Ford Fusion (aka Mazda6) and the Elantra is also a screamer.

Amuro Ray

"who cares about mpg if the car is a dog to drive?"

Not if u r the owner of the car, who has to factor in gasoline, maintenance, etc.

Rental pov, then yes...

Ike G.

Amuro Ray, I live in Oklahoma. We have crude bubbling up out of the ground. I often track tar into my house. I know there is no shortage of crude, and like many Americans, I don't care about the price of gas. I drive a 2009 F350 Diesel and haul 8-horse trailers around and the mpg, even with a Diesel, is bad. So why worry about mpg, even if you are the owner? If a person has to worry about mpg or the price of gas they should not buy a car.

We could've for sure. Of course the sonic story was in response to claims and advertisements about the 40 mpg ratings. We did the same with Focus too I believe.

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