Mazda has announced official fuel economy figures for their new CX-5 small SUV will reach 35 mpg on the highway, which the company says makes it the most fuel efficient non-hybrid SUV available. Mazda attributes the accomplishment to its new SkyActiv technology.
Official EPA estimates for front-wheel drive models with standard SkyActiv and manual transmission are 26 mpg city/35 highway/29 combined. Front-wheel drive models equipped with the optional automatic transmission are expected to achieve 26/32/29 mpg, respectively. All-wheel-drive models will return 25/31/28 mpg.
Based on Consumer Reports fuel economy ratings, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid tops our list of the most fuel efficient SUVs with 23 city/29 highway/27 overall mpg. We look forward to testing out the fuel economy claims in the new CX-5 when it hits dealerships this spring.