Mazda

The Japanese company whose slogan is “zoom zoom” has tended to zag when competitors like Honda and Toyota have zigged, and as of July 2014 has no hybrids or EVs. But before you think to adopt an attitude over this apparently recalcitrant player, Mazda tends to have a high average mpg score across its lineup and has no real gas guzzlers or trucks to pull it down. As such, without electrification, it topped the EPA’s 2013 most fuel efficient manufacturer list over 10 other automakers. Mazda credits it’s “biggest R&D program ever,” as “SKYACTIV” technology, defined as “a blanket term for Mazda’s innovative new-generation technologies that are being developed under the company’s long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom,” says the automaker. In other quarters, spy photos have surfaced of potential hybridization in recent years, and a plug-in Mazda2 possibly using a rotary range extender appears possible. The company also is looking at diesel, but will likely include electrification sooner or later.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

The Mazda Tribute Hybrid is basically a re-skinned Ford Escape Hybrid, using the same powertrain and many of the same interior bits.
32 MPG Hybrid $29900 Discontinued
2011 Mazda2

2011 Mazda2

Small and fun to drive, and it beats the mileage of Honda Fit and Nissan Versa.
32 MPG Small Car $14200 Now
2009 Mazda5

2009 Mazda5

Number one most fuel-efficient minivan on the market. Smaller than most.
25 MPG Small Car $18000 Now