EPA just named Mazda best in MPG -without turbos or CVTs
Mazda’s SkyActiv technology saves more fuel and reduces CO2 production better than the brands that resorted to small, lagging turbo engines, and those with the CVTs consumers tend to dislike (though we have come around on them). This according to the EPA's newest report covering 2013-2015. The brand has not taken the usual path.
According to the EPA’s Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report, Mazda has an adjusted corporate average fuel economy of 29.4 MPG. Its CO2 production per mile is 328. Both are the best in the industry*. Mazda says this is the company’s third consecutive year with the best fuel efficiency.
The folks at Mazda are obviously pleased. Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations, commented, saying, "At Mazda, Driving Matters and so does fuel economy. Using SKYACTIV Technology, Mazda has been able to achieve class-leading fuel efficiency in nearly every segment it competes in. This achievement verifies that Mazda has evolved to offer what others can’t, vehicles that are of high-quality, great looking, fun-to-drive and fuel efficient.“
Torque News saw this coming. In our mid-2014 story, Are turbo gas engines and diesels killing Volkswagen America?, we compared Mazda vehicles to VW’s, all of which used small turbo engines. It is hard to argue that VW made any gains using the turbocharger-intensive engines.
*Although Mazda is the mainstream automaker with the best fuel economy, it should be noted that Tesla offers all-electric vehicles to those buyers who can afford them.