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Mazda MX-5 Miata MPG

 

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Model Year Body/Powertrain MPG  
2000 2000 2dr Convertible 167-hp 2.0L I4 5-sp manual RWD 27.01
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With the 167-horsepower 2.0L I4 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive, the 2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been averaging 27.01 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2000 Mazda MX-5 Miatas in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 80 miles per hour (about 70 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (20 percent), in the suburbs (0 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition, the average 2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC not used at all.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2016 Nothing has improved more with the Mazda MX-5 Miata's latest redesign than its fuel economy. The 2015 managed only 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in the EPA's tests, disappointing for such a light car powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine. The new car tests much better: 27/34 with a manual transmission and 27/36 with an automatic. The MINI Cooper S Roadster was about equally efficient when equipped with a manual transmission (26/35), a little short with an automatic (25/34). The new MINI Convertible, if it shares the Hardtop's EPA ratings, won't be as efficient with a manual transmission (23/33) but will be as competitive as its predecessor with an automatic (26/33). The Scion FR-S barely out-economizes the old Miata with a manual (22/30) but is just a couple mpg short of the new one with an automatic (25/34). Premium fuel is recommended in all of these cars. The new Miata can use regular unleaded at the cost of some responsiveness. In my real-world driving of the new Miata with an automatic transmission the trip computer reported a suburban average around 30 mpg. On a 60-mph highway the average can reach 40, about 4 mpg better than a Scion FR-S and 5 mpg better than a MINI JCW Clubman, both tested with manual transmissions. Drive at 75 mph with the top down, though, and the reported average will fall to 34 mpg. The largest fuel economy advantage over the Scion FR-S appeared when both were flogged along Ohio's Route 26. The Scion's fuel economy dipped into the high teens, but the Mazda's only into the mid-20s. The most likely reason: the torquier, far less peaky Mazda engine doesn't have to be revved nearly as high to reach its sweet spot. The JCW Clubman, its turbo reducing the need for fuel-guzzling runs to the red line, fell between the two with a "spirited driving" average around 20 mpg. Overall, with the redesign the Miata's fuel economy has gone from worst to first. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
Mazda MX-5 Miata Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearComment
The first four "why nots" shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone. This one might. I didn't ding the MX-5 Miata's engine for its power output, but I am going to ding it for its fuel input. While EPA ratings of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg are hardly abysmal, the FR-S does better (22/30) and a 315-horsepower Porsche Boxster S does about as well (20/28). With one of Mazda's new SKYACTIV engines, the Miata would go much farther on a gallon of gas. (The 2,900-pound Mazda3 is rated 27/39.) But this engine won't happen until the Miata is again redesigned. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Convertible 167-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Good enough to drive for fun and not worry about the cost. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2008 2dr Convertible 158-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I average 28mpg city and about 32 highway, and I have an uncontrollable lead foot in this car. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
a very cheap car to run see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
The MX-5 always seemed to be great on gas, no matter how hard you flogged it, top up or top down. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
I average about 8.5 L/100 km, so even though it uses Premium fue, it only costs about $40 to drive as much as 475km. This is with gas at about $1.20 a litre. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Great fuel economy for a sporty car. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
To date gas millage has never gone under 30mph and has gone to almost 39mph. And this has not been driving it EASY. Like I said before, it is a FUN FUN FUN Car. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2005 2dr Convertible turbocharged 178hp 1.8L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Excellent mileage. I get 36mpg on normal highway cruises and about 28mpg in town. When I go to the race track, I run around 22-24 mpg. If you are really savvy, this car burns about 2 gallons an hour! So cheap to keep on the road. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2003 2dr Convertible 142-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual RWD
30-35 MPG....easy question these days. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2003 2dr Convertible 142-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Never thirstier than 10.5 l/100 km, even during autocross. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
Mazda MX-5 Miata Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 2dr Convertible 142-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual RWD
For a small (size of a subcompact) 4-cylinder stick shift, it only gets around 28 mpg highway...my 6-cylinder Honda Accord got 30+. see full Mazda MX-5 Miata review
 

2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Gas Mileage (MPG)

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Mazda MX-5 Miata's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.