The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Is Surprisingly Fuel Efficient

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When compared to its naturally-aspirated siblings.

Mazda has built some class-leading cars recently. Universally praised for their build quality, safety, and affordability one thing that has been missing is some true performance. Mazda addressed this issue by introducing a 250-horsepower turbo variant of its wildly popular Mazda3 to much fanfare, dubbed the Mazda3 2.5 Turbo, and with it a new naming convention for future models. With more power comes more responsibility, and costs, but a recent announcement by the EPA has made potential buyers even keener for the more powerful car.

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The EPA has recently released its official fuel economy figures for the Mazda3 2.5 Turbo. Running on regular fuel, the Mazda3 Sedan will return a respectable 23/32/27 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycle, while the hatchback version will get 23/31/26 mpg. Using regular fuel on the new turbo motor won't blow it up, but it sees the car's power figures drop from 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque down to a miserable 227 hp and 310 lb-ft.

The most fuel-efficient Mazda3 on offer is the front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated sedan which will return a figure of 28/36/31 mpg city/highway/combined.

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The 2.0-liter engine, producing 155 hp, will be the obvious choice if fuel economy is the only focus, but Mazda also offers a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine kicking out 186 hp. This engine is rated at a combined 30 mpg in sedan form, and 29 mpg in the hatchback. These numbers are all measured on FWD cars, but AWD is also an option. The AWD cars see a drop in economy to 28 mpg for the sedan, and 27 mpg for the hatchback. With an additional 64 hp on tap, and a standard AWD drivetrain, the new turbo model will lose only 1 mpg to the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter car. Now that's a bargain.

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Source Credits: Cars Direct

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