Average gas mileage?

08-23-2010, 10:09 PM
Hi everybody!
I would like to get an idea of what the average (real world) gas mileage Miata owners have been getting? Before the zoom-zoom crowd loudly reminds me the car was designed as a SPORTS car and mpg be damn'd, I know,I know,I know . But EPA mileage and what the car really get are always different. Has any daily commuters (or racers leisurely returning from the track) manage to get 35-40 mpg? I also mean mpg on a tank of gas, not what a hyper-miler managed to squeeze out on a couple mile course. I would think a small light car with a 1.6L-2.0L engine would get better than 25 to 28 mpg EPA listing. Is it just a matter of engine tuning and gear ratios? Anyway I think it would be interesting to all to know REAL WORLD MPG from a large group of Miata Fans!

08-24-2010, 02:06 PM
I'm getting a little over 25MPG on a 25 mile commute at avg 65mph.

11-24-2010, 01:44 PM
I get from 25-28 around town on short trips and 30+ on longer drives with the cruise set on 65.

05-27-2011, 11:07 PM
haha ur all so funny iam getting 30 around town. an i race every lil hotshot in a sporty car. an its always hard and fast, get the force preformance chip. an iam getting 35 to 37 highway doing 70. note you will most likely get better mpg on the highway if u have a 6 speed. p.s also have a short ram air from weapon r plus many many more mods.

07-28-2011, 03:41 PM
I think most of you are right on the money,some of the newer miatas may get over 30 ,but if you look at the specs on one older than 99 you will see it says 24 and 27 ,25 and 28.
I get around 26-27 with mine it is a 96 with the 1.8 and still all stock

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