At Marcopoloni we care a lot about our carbon footprint and the environment. Since Emi and I are married, we decided a long time ago to commute together to eliminate the need for a second car. But now that we have a second baby on the way, we know that we will need to be in two places at the same time every now and again and will need that second car. Also, we need a slightly bigger car: with just one child we could always recline one seat to get a little more cargo space, but we will not be able to do that if we have two precious passengers in the back seat. So my determination to get a car that got better gas mileage than our Mazda 3 seemed like a pipe dream when I realized that I also had to get more cargo space.
This dilemma had been on my mind for a few months until one night, a couple of weeks ago, we watched a special on the Japanese TV channel that featured the CX-5 and the progress made as they came up with the SkyActiv system.
My dilemma was solved! Although the advertised gas mileage wasn’t tremendously greater than my current Mazda 3, it was about 20% better and the car was significantly roomier. We bought the CX-5 last Sunday and I have been watching our consumption very closely. The advertised gas mileage in the city is 25 mpg. Getting that required driving conservatively, but eventually I’ve been able to average about 26 mpg. The pleasant surprise came today. We had to go on the freeway for a while and averaged more than 40 mpg (41.2 to be exact), far better than the 32 mpg advertised on the sticker. Of course, I had to drive 65 mph on cruise control to achieve that, but it was such a huge improvement over the 30 mpg highway of the 2007 Mazda 3 that I was elated.
Many thanks to the fine folks at Mazda for coming up with a system that takes a big step towards conservation at a price that we could afford. Dilemma solved, the End.