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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Rated at Up To 27 MPG City, 36 MPG Highway

Manual-transmission roadster gets 27/34 mpg.

While drivers might be more concerned with achieving maximum smiles per gallon, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will also manage plenty of miles per gallon. The EPA announced today that the new Miata will return 27/34/30 mpg (city/highway/combined) with a 6-speed manual transmission, and 27/36/30 mpg with the optional 6-speed automatic.

That fuel efficiency comes from the 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline-four engine in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which returns 155 hp and 148 lb-ft. The new numbers represent big gains compared to the outgoing, NC-generation Miata. The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata returned 21/28 mpg with both its manual and automatic transmissions. The base Sport model's 5-speed manual transmission bumped city fuel efficiency to 22 mpg on that trim level.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata also sees a boost in fuel economy thanks to the fact that it is significantly lighter. The new car starts at just 2,332 pounds with a manual transmission, representing a drop of 148 pounds compared to the lightest 2015 model.

Technology has made a big impact on the Miata's efficiency over the past 25 years. According to the EPA's newest fuel-economy methods, the original 1990 Miata is rated at just 22/28 mpg with a manual transmission and 21/26 mpg with its optional 4-speed automatic.

Pricing for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at $25,735 (with destination) for the base Sport model, climbs to $29,420 for the performance-focused Club, followed by the $30,885 Grand Touring model. The Launch Edition, limited to just 1,000 copies, will set roadster buyers back $31,315.