The fuel economy of the Mz3 is a bit on the low side for a small, 4-cyl because of Mazda's aggressive gearing. This gives it a bit better acceleration in the higher gears but cuts a few MPG out of its fuel economy.
For example, the larger, heavier Honda Accord not only gets better mileage from its 2.4L 4-cyl, but also from their 3.0L V-6.
Note that the review reverses the EPA estimates for the two transmissions with the 2.3L engine. The manual is rated at 25/32 and the auto is 24/29, not the reverse.
The gas mileage is still very respectable, especially considering the fact that this car is bigger and faster/as fast as just about anything in its' class (including SVT Focus and Nissan SE-R). I'm willing to sacrifice a couple o' MPG for what I get.
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