Are you relying on outdated information when choosing your next vehicle?

By Product Expert | Posted in Performance, Technology on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 6:18 pm
A right profile photo of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 in the snow.

Do vehicles with a manual transmission have better gas mileage?

It’s been more than a century since automobiles have been mass-produced in the United States as well as around the world. In that time, the technology and capability of vehicles have progressed faster than almost any other industry. Because of the speed of development, certain myths and misconceptions have become pervasive which can lead to buyers making decisions based on outdated information. So, do vehicles with a manual transmission have better gas mileage? Well, that’s no longer the case. Let’s take a closer look at what the Mazda lineup of vehicles has to offer in terms of fuel economy. If you’d like to schedule a test drive with any of the vehicles in our inventory, make an appointment with a product expert today by calling, 833-241-6312.

READ MORE: How can I get better gas mileage?

In the old days…

To be sure, the development of automatic transmission has been a boon to drivers in terms of convenience. However, the story is not without its dark chapters. The main reason the myth of cars and trucks with a stick-shift are more fuel efficient is that it used to be true.

Early automatic transmission had a design flaw that caused energy to not be efficiently passed from the engine to the wheels, causing the engine to work harder thus negatively affecting fuel economy scores. Thankfully, the industry has cleared this particular hurdle through any number of advances in engineering.

Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda’s lineup of crossover SUVs has also been direct beneficiaries of advanced in automatic transmission technology. Each of the automaker’s crossover SUVs available at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom employs the SKYACTIV™-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. In their normal front-wheel-drive configuration, these vehicles already post some of the strongest fuel economy scores from the Environmental Protection Agency in the corners of the segment they occupy.

The real benefit comes to owners who choose models equipped with Mazda’s all-wheel-drive system. Take a look at the table below to see how fuel-friendly a properly equipped Mazda crossover SUV can be.

Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-9
w/ FWD
w/ AWD

There are a lot of things changing for Mazda in the 2019 model year. Stop by our showroom today to see exactly why this is the perfect time to own or lease a Mazda vehicle.

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