2015 Mazda3 2.5-Liter with stick shift confirmed
Mazda will build the 2015 Mazda3 with the 2.5-liter engine and the 6-speed manual. This has been confirmed a number of ways. Our recent story stirred up a lot of discussion on the subject and we have to credit our sharp-eyed readers for tipping us off to the new model combination that so many have hoped for.
Government Fuel Economy Ratings Posted
Fueleconomy.gov is an excellent resource we often cite. Mazda has now uploaded its official fuel economy numbers for the 2015 Mazda3 with the 2.5-liter, 184 horsepower 4-cylinder engine. Both the 4-door and the 5-door are shown with the official EPA estimated fuel economy ratings. Mazda would not have submitted this data were it not going to launch the vehicle.
Mazda3's Best Drivetrain Combination For Fun
We also know now for sure why Mazda waited until 2015 to combine its best engine with a manual. The fuel economy suffers. In fact, it drops quite dramatically. The best Mazda3 fuel economy match is the 4-door version with the 2.0-liter engine with the automatic, which earns a 34 MPG combined rating. With the 2.5-liter engine and the stick shift, the combined number drops all the way down to 29 MPG. That is a stunning drop. The stick is responsible for most of that. The Mazda3 2.5 automatic earns a 32 MPG rating. The 5-door numbers are closer, but only because the body style makes the best numbers lower. The 5-door, 2.5-liter with a stick still gets 29 MPG.
Many customers won’t mind the drop one bit. The 2015 Mazda3 is so light that when combined with the 2.5-liter engine and a stick, the fun-factor goes up dramatically. We tested the Mazda3 2.0 and also the Mazda6 2.5 in the past couple months and based on our experiences we predict that the best overall fun 4-door Mazda makes will soon be the Mazda3 2.5 Stick.
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