Mazda may have gotten its name from Ahura Mazda, the West Asian god of wisdom, intelligence and harmony, but if recent findings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are any indication, “fuel efficiency” ought to be added to that list.
While Mazda vehicles are generally known for their fun-to-drive nature, the EPA’s Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report found that Mazda’s 2012 lineup had the highest average fuel economy (27.1 mpg) and lowest average emissions (328 g/mi) in the United States, beating out the likes of Toyota and Honda. Mazda also experienced the second biggest mpg jump from 2011 to 2012, upping its average by 2.1 mpg overall.
Mazda continues to reinvent the wheel with regard to fuel efficiency. The 2014 Mazda6, for instance, uses SKYACTIV technology along with its i-ELOOP energy regeneration system to achieve a best-in-class 40 mpg on the highway. Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, credited SKYACTIV technology in particular for the automaker’s overall fuel-economy improvement:
“While other manufacturers have turned their attention to hybrids and electric cars, we chose to focus on perfecting the base technology used in more than 90 percent of the cars and SUVs sold today: the internal combustion engine.”