PREVIEW: 2016 Mazda MX-5, lighter, better mpg

Michael James

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is lighter and more economic.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 continues the legacy of the best-selling roadster in history. It’s been re-engineered and is being marketed as offering 25 percent improved gas mileage.

Additionally, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 is lighter and quicker than its predecessor, according to the manufacturer.

The new Mazda has an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway/30 mpg combined when equipped with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission.

With an optional six-speed automatic the 2016 Mazda MX-5 is rated at 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway/30 mpg combined.
The increased gas mileage averages, highlight the benefits of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, according to the carmaker.

“SKYACTIV Technology is more than a catchphrase for Mazda; it’s a total effort to increase efficiency, improve performance, safety and technology and instill each Mazda vehicle swith a directness and responsiveness that’s unmatched in the segments in which our vehicles compete,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “The 2016 MX-5 shows that a sports car can hit all targets today’s buyers want.”

The 2016 MX-5 followed the same “Gram Strategy” Mazda global weight-savings initiative as other vehicles full engineered with SKYACTIV Technology before it — CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda3 in addition to the upcoming CX-3. It’s about 150 pounds light but has improved strength and improved safety.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is lighter and more economic.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is lighter and more economic.

The 2016 MX-5 has gained Mazda’s torquey, yet fuel-sipping, SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine.

“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 O’Sullivan. “With its improved fuel-efficiency, we believe that audience will grow even larger when it goes one sale this summer.”

Article Last Updated: April 28, 2015.

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