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Kia Soul vs. Mazda CX-5 MPG

Chart is based on 201 fuel economy reports for the Kia Soul and 145 fuel economy reports for the Mazda CX-5.

Kia Soul MPG

Kia Soul Kia Soul 2015 23.7 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2014 33.3 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2014 29.7 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2013 27.0 MPG Highway Percentage 90 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2013 28.9 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2013 30.0 MPG Highway Percentage 29 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2012 29.2 MPG Highway Percentage 66 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2012 28.9 MPG Highway Percentage 42 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2012 27.4 MPG Highway Percentage 73 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2012 34.2 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2011 31.1 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2011 26.8 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2011 31.8 MPG Highway Percentage 24 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2010 28.1 MPG Highway Percentage 32 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2010 28.6 MPG Highway Percentage 72 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2010 26.9 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2010 33.4 MPG Highway Percentage 74 percent Kia Soul Kia Soul 2009.5 42.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr Hatch 130-horsepower 1.6L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 10 40 25 25 70 23.7  
2014 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat v.lt light 0 5 10 85 68 33.3  
2014 4dr Hatch 130-horsepower 1.6L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med hvy 15 50 10 25 60 29.7  
2013 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light none 0 5 5 90 70 27.0  
2013 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 10 20 45 25 70 28.9  
2013 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.6L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat v.lt none 17 33 21 29 40 30.0  
2012 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 6 14 15 66 70 29.2  
2012 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat light light 0 51 6 42 64 28.9  
2012 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.6L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 10 7 10 73 71 27.4  
2012 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat light none 2 10 12 76 69 34.2  
2011 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 0 13 29 58 64 31.1  
2011 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med light 7 31 24 38 68 26.8  
2011 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.6L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light none 9 20 47 24 64 31.8  
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 126hp 1.6L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 37 18 13 32 60 28.1  
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 6 13 10 72 64 28.6  
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 9 24 27 40 72 26.9  
2010 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.6L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 9 15 1 74 72 33.4  
2009.5 4dr Hatch turbocharged 126hp 1.6L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
hills v.lt light 10 20 20 50 60 42.5  

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Mazda CX-5 MPG

Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2016 29.7 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2016 29.4 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2016 34.5 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2015 25.7 MPG Highway Percentage 69 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2015 24.7 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2014.5 31.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2014 31.7 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2014 30.7 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2014 25.1 MPG Highway Percentage 19 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2014 26.9 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2013 28.3 MPG Highway Percentage 27 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2013 28.5 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2013 35.3 MPG Highway Percentage 88 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2016 4dr SUV 184-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med hvy 3 2 19 76 67 29.7  
2016 4dr SUV 184-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 1 2 38 60 62 29.4  
2016 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat light none 0 9 36 55 83 34.5  
2015 4dr SUV 184-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 3 11 17 69 71 25.7  
2015 4dr SUV 184-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 0 0 75 25 65 24.7  
2014.5 4dr SUV 184-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 50 0 50 110 31.5  
2014 4dr SUV turbocharged 173hp 2.2L I4 Diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 0 10 60 30 110 31.7  
2014 4dr SUV 184-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 21 22 57 63 30.7  
2014 4dr SUV 184-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills light light 0 14 67 19 71 25.1  
2014 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med hvy 20 0 50 30 65 26.9  
2013 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 12 34 27 27 71 28.3  
2013 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med hvy 8 5 48 40 65 28.5  
2013 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
hills med none 2 5 5 88 60 35.3  

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Kia Soul vs. Mazda CX-5 MPG

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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Kia Soul

Kia Soul Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2015 The top reason to buy any EV is fuel economy. Both the Soul EV and the e-Golf used about 20 kWh of electricity per 100 miles of suburban driving, with the Kia perhaps ten percent less efficient than the Volkswagen. Their EPA MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) ratings are 120/92 and 126/105, respectively. With the average cost of a kWh about 12 cents, this works out to 2.4 cents per mile. Some people will pay one-third this amount by recharging at night in an area with low rates. Assuming 30 MPG and $2.50 per gallon (low by recent historical standards), a fairly efficient gasoline-powered car burns 8.3 cents of fuel per mile. Drive a little over 10,000 miles a year, and the annual savings works out to $600 even assuming 12 cents per kWh. But what about range? This will vary based on driving mix and style. Go easy on the pedals--especially the brakes--in the suburbs without heat or A/C and it's easy to beat the EPA range estimates of 93 miles for the Soul and 83 for the Golf. The former was the best during 2015 for any compact EV, while the latter was about the class average. (For 2016 the Nissan LEAF will have an EPA range esimate of 105 miles.) Of course, that's quite a few qualifications. In cold or hot weather running the heat or A/C will significantly reduce range. To help avoid this, the seats in the top trim Soul EV can be heated or cooled. Those in the e-Golf can only be heated. Highway miles drain the battery packs even more quickly than the EPA figures suggest, because the EPA assumes a relatively low cruising speed. On a 70-MPH Interstate the e-Golf's range fell by about a third. The Soul EV, with a taller, chunkier body, should suffer at least as much. Still, most people rarely need to drive farther than these cars can go between charges unless they're traveling (in which case a non-Tesla EV isn't practical). Recharging via a standard wall outlet can take over 15 hours in either car. Anyone who will often drive more than 50 miles per day should seriously consider having a 240-volt wall charger installed in their home. Chargers cost about $600, but this is without installation, which can easily add another $600 (depending on the specifics of your house). see full Kia Soul review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Kia Soul

Kia Soul Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We averaged 29 mpg US gallon driving in 100 degree weather in Phoenix for 3 weeks with the AC on continuously. Driving at a spirited pace, not just cruising along. see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 122-horsepower 1.6L I4
5-speed manual FWD
30+ MPG see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I travel highway to work everyday (130 kms to work and back) so I was looking for a bigger car with power and great fuel economy. see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
equal to my current nissan sedan, good for trips when we need to take gear but doesnt require a full size SUV that gets 20 MPG see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Good fuel economy, which I was looking for. I used the CARS Program so I needed a +10 mpg improvement. see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
When new I was getting 30 MPG out of the gate. Now on longer trips at 65 MPH I get 31+ At 55 (roughly 2500 RPM I get 34 MPG. see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
good enough see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The EPA estimates seem to be pretty accurate give or take for driving styles. see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I get about 26 to 28mpg, I got 315 miles on 12 gallons of fuel. I could probably get better mileage, but I have a heavy foot. see full Kia Soul review
Kia Soul Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Poor at 30MPG! Its stated highway mileage was 34MPG. Never have we got that.... see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I am somewhat dissappointed in the gas mileage I have been getting with my Soul. I average about 28MPG, city or highway. Not much difference between long and short trips. see full Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
For a car its size, with a 1.6 liter engine and :-( an automatic transmission, mileage is no better than a much larger, smoother-riding Buick Lacrosse. Disappointing. However, Kia -- fast learners -- fixed this for the 2012 models. see full Kia Soul review
 

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