Which Car? Cruze Eco, Mazda 3, Prius C

Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by joshdurston, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    Nice choice! The best car in that class no doubt!
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Josh:

    You picked up a good one. And with the stick, if you are willing to push it, it will sit on the top of the fuel economy food chain. The Mazda3 sedan with a stick is a Fuel Economy World Record capable car when maxxed out and is by far the most fun to drive of the vehicle choices you laid out before us.

  3. joshdurston

    joshdurston Rogue Canadian

    Wow, this car is amazing. (Mazda 3).
    Got 42 MPG first valid tank without even trying. Bit of a surprise because I need to fight tooth and nail to even get close to the rated MPG on my 2008 Honda Odyssey.
    I spent 2 hours in bumper to bumper Toronto traffic and still managed to beat the EPA without even trying (beside keeping the speeds under 110km/hr).

    I ended up with an Auto because of a dealer glitch, but I think this is one of the best auto's for hypermiling. It will hold a gear with pretty heavy load, and 6th gear is ultra tall (2500rpm is 130km/hr). I don't feel I need to manually override it to select the proper gear and it doesn't have any annoying trigger happy kickdowns, but still gets out of its own way when it needs too.

    I have to say though, every time I see a Prius C drive by it's hard to not to be a bit jealous. You'd have to be downright abusive to burn more than 5L/100km.
    Last edited: May 7, 2013
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Josh:

    Those 3's are fun and efficient. There is no bad choice given what you were looking at so try and enjoy the sip sip with a little zoom zoom thrown in for good measure.

  5. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    Wow im surprised on that MPG on the 3!
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Skyactiv is no joke. I've always liked Mazda, except for the mileage. Now they've fixed that. If the Skyactiv 3's had been out a few years earlier, I might be driving a used one now instead of the Fit. Too pricey for me to buy a new one right now. Not the car's fault, just the timing.
  7. jbart

    jbart Well-Known Member

    Just saw your post here on the "welcome" board and have a similar experience i.e. I have a 2008 civic hybrid and want something efficient, but useful and fun to drive. My wife needs automatic and we had a mazda previously which she LOVED. Always reluctant to buy mazda again due to the low FE numbers. I am also in Canada and know why you didnt get a prius liftback. When I run the numbers, even with the high "resale" value, its hard to buy a toyota with higher interest rates, no discounts etc from Canadian dealers. (even honda are showing better rates and discounts these days.) I digress...
    Curious about your FE experience with the Mazda 3 Automatic. Do your primarily drive highway? Your mileage is great for the non-hybrid. My civic struggles now, even in summer to get 6.0 because of heat and regen a lot. In winter, its cold and winter gas reduces mileage too (even blocking and using a block heater). Short trips kill FE.

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