2011 Mazda Mazda2 at the 2010 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
What are the tricks that car designers and engineers use to squeeze out those last few miles per gallon in your next new car--regardless of what size it is?
In our continuing series of videos on ways to drive a little greener and stretch your gas budget that much further, editorial director Marty Padgett gives a quick (and we mean 45 seconds) tutorial on some of the ways that new cars get better fuel economy.
Standing in front of a bright green 2011 Mazda Mazda2 subcompact hatchback, he quickly walks around the car and ennumerates three separate methods Mazda used to improve gas mileage on its new-for-2011 Mazda2.
The EPA rates the Mazda2 with a five-speed gearbox at 29 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, for a combined overall rating of 32 mpg. Each rating is 2 mpg lower if you opt for the automatic transmission.
Have a look, then check out some of our other recent videos (links below the video box).