March 23rd, 2018 by


Are you wondering what the difference is between rotary engines and the SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY that powers Mazda vehicles? See how the two compare with Cox Mazda!

Rotary Engines

Rotary engines were first developed in the early 1960s, and Mazda was on the cutting edge of installing them in its vehicles. It functions as follows:

  • Relies on a single chamber, as opposed to individual chambers on traditional gasoline engines
  • Deploys a triangular rotor that spins to pull fuel and air into the one chamber, compresses it, and delivers the resulting power to propel the vehicle
  • Enhances performance without relying on an oversized engine and can be adapted for smaller vehicles


Mazda has since replaced its rotary engine initiative with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, which enhances all performance components of Mazda models.

  • SKYACTIV®-G: SKYACTIV®-G gasoline engines raise the compression ratio via a direct-injection system, reduce friction, and raise oil and water pump efficiency for more torque and greater fuel economy returns. There’s also a diesel option.
  • SKYACTIV®-Drive and SKYACTIV®-MT: The SKYACTIV®-Drive automatic transmission combines a torque converter with a clutch from a manual, a setup managed by an advanced control model. There’s also a SKYACTIV®-MT manual transmission.
  • SKYACTIV®-Chassis: The SKYACTIV®-Chassis reduced the weight in the car, as it’s built from ultra-high tensile-strength steel.

Test Drive a New Mazda at Cox Mazda

Experience the difference of SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY for yourself when you contact the team at Cox Mazda to schedule a test drive with the FWD Mazda3 or AWD-available Mazda CX-9!

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