I'm looking into buying my next car, and I'm strongly favoring the Mazda3. I love the styling, the features, and the EPA rated gas mileage. I'm just curious though, what is the potential for hypermiling one? Is it possible to get 40 mpg through conservative driving?
Also any thoughts/comments on the general aspects of the car are appreciated as well.
Some guys have the sedan and get 40 mpg, but I havn't seen much for the 2.3 hatch. The Speed3 has gotten 25 and 27 mpg by guys on cleanmpg though...I'm looking into this as well.
Too bad they won't release the 1.6 over here =/
Originally Posted by theclencher
P.S. I must be a wierdo as I think just because a guy can afford to do something, doesn't mean he should. I can afford to buy 100 gallons of gas several times a month, pour it on the ground, light it (or not)... but I don't think I should.
I don't think you would get 40 mpg on a regular basis via 'conservative driving' alone. It's a challenge for us to break 30 mpg with the Mazda5 (which is essentially a slightly expanded and heavier 3). If all you did was cruise at 40 mph all day, then perhaps, but stop and go stuff will drag the average down, and you won't see a 40 mpg average at a 55 mph cruise.
I am just looking to get about the same that I am getting out of Troy right now. The two cars are pretty similar in size (the Mazda is a little lighter), aerodynamics, and horsepower... If I can get 35 I will be content...
One thing that I think hurts the economy of the 3/5 series on the highway is the final drive ratio. I can drop our 5 into 5th at just over 20 mph and not feel substantial lugging to accelerate slowly. But that means at 60 mph it's turning pretty close to 2800 rpm.
The flip side to that is that unless you are going at least 60 mph, any moderate hill will require a downshift to 4th. So I think they were shooting for a compromise between economy and not having to shift much on the highway. I'd rather shift a little more often.
Oh, and a 3 should easily get close to 35 mpg at 65mph with conservative driving. We often see 32-34 on our Scanguage at 55, so the smaller lighter 3 should be able to better that.