Best MPG AWD Cars with Automatic Transmissions: Mazda CX-5
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is notable for two reasons. First, it debuts Mazda’s new “Kodo” design theme, which will roll out to all models in years to come. Second, and more important, the CX-5 is the first Mazda to get a full suite of “SkyActiv” engine technologies, which combine lightweight vehicle construction with fuel-efficient, direct-injected 4-cylinder engines. Installed in the CX-5, the 2.0-liter SkyActiv G 4-cylinder engine makes 155 horsepower, and when paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is rated to get 25 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg in combined driving, impressively joining our list of best all-wheel-drive mpg cars.