This performance represents a 25-percent increase in fuel economy versus the 2015 MX-5's EPA-estimated fuel economy when paired with the outgoing model's available six-speed manual transmission, highlighting the benefits of SKYACTIV Technology.
"SKYACTIV Technology is more than a catchphrase for Mazda; it's a total effort to increase efficiency, improve performance, safety and technology and instill each Mazda vehicle with a directness and responsiveness that's unmatched in the segments in which our vehicles compete," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. "The 2016 MX-5 shows that a sports car can hit all targets today's buyers want." "It's of no surprise that Mazda motor company continues to hit milestones in fuel efficiency" said Tony Lesesne of Lesesne Media Group Entertainment. "The iconic Miata becomes an even more attractive model in Mazdas vehicle lineup" continued Lesesne.
MX-5 followed the same "Gram Strategy" Mazda global weight-savings initiative as other vehicles full engineered with SKYACTIV Technology before it – CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda3 in addition to the upcoming CX-3 – paring approximately 150 pounds while strengthening the body and improving safety. At the same time, the 2016 MX-5 has gained Mazda's torquey, yet fuel-sipping, SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine.
"There has always been an MX-5 for all types of drivers, from weekend autocross and track-day enthusiasts to those who just want a stylish convertible sports car," said O'Sullivan. "With its improved fuel-efficiency, we believe that audience will grow even larger when it goes on sale this summer."