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What Is SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY?

If you’re considering a new Mazda, then you’ve likely heard or seen the phrase “SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY” before. What exactly is SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, though? Rather than just a buzzword thrown around to sell cars, SKYACTIV® is a new way of building cars that Mazda is applying to models like the Mazda3 and Mazda6. This vehicle technology is designed to dramatically increase fuel efficiency while still providing the same zoom-zoom performance drivers expect from a Mazda.

SKYACTIV® Engines

While Mazda is working on alternative energy solutions, the automaker also wanted to maximize the capability of the naturally aspirated gasoline engine. There are certainly some great hybrid and electric cars on the market right now, but they’re either too expensive for the average driver or can’t deliver the same driving dynamics as a traditional gasoline engine.

With the SKYACTIV®-G GASOLINE engine, Mazda has raised the compression ratio with a direct-injection system, reduced friction, and raised oil and water pump efficiency. The end result is an engine with more torque and higher levels of efficiency. There are currently two versions—a 2.0L 4-cylinder and 2.5L 4-cylinder, with a 2.2L diesel machine coming later in 2017.

SKYACTIV® Engines

SKYACTIV® Transmission

A transmission is important for both driving dynamics and fuel economy. With its six-speed automatic transmission, Mazda wanted something with the control of an automatic mixed with the connected nature and great fuel economy of a manual. The Mazda SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC is a transmission that takes a torque converter from an automatic and a clutch from a manual, managed by an advanced control model. Essentially, it’s a manual transmission that does the shifting for itself. But for manual purists, there’s also the SKYACTIV®-MT 6-SPEED MANUAL.

SKYACTIV® Transmission

SKYACTIV® Body and Chassis

Another method of improving fuel economy is to reduce weight in a car by lightening its load. The Mazda chassis proves humble at low speeds and stable at high speeds, and the frame is built from ultra-high tensile-strength steel for a lighter, stiffer, stronger vehicle.

i-ELOOP

When driving, the engine builds up kinetic energy. Most of this is lost when you brake, though, which traditionally is wasted as heat escape from the brakes. i-ELOOP is a regenerative braking system that takes that kinetic energy and changes it to electricity. Once the car is stopped, the energy rescued by i-ELOOP is used to power the car’s electronics, including the headlights, climate control, and MAZDA CONNECT® infotainment system. This lessens the burden on the engine and in turn improves fuel economy.

 


Mazda SKYACTIV® Models

Mazda’s latest vehicles feature SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, meaning you’re guaranteed ultimate power and efficiency no matter which vehicle you pick out at Cox Mazda.

  • 2017 Mazda3: The 2017 Mazda3 comes in both sedan and hatchback formats. Both offer the choice between the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L and 2.5L 4-cylinder engines, promising up to an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway.
  • 2017 Mazda6: The 2017 Mazda6 is considered a sport sedan, and all three trims have the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder powertrain, which returns up to an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway.
  • 2017 Mazda CX-3: This subcompact crossover delivers 146 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque via the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L 4-cylinder, which also accomplishes up to 34 mpg when the car is fitted with front-wheel drive, according to the EPA. Here, SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY keeps things balanced for a smooth ride every time you hit the road.
  • 2017 Mazda CX-5: The 2017 Mazda CX-5 was redesigned for the new model year, and it gives you the opportunity to pick between the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L and 2.5L 4-cylinder machines. What’s more, it boasts Mazda’s newest technology, SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, for more precise handling. Enjoy Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV® innovation behind the wheel of the newest CX-5.
  • 2017 Mazda CX-9: As Mazda’s three-row, seven-passenger SUV, the CX-9 has four distinct trims from which you can choose, each of which come powered by the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L engine with Dynamic Pressure Turbo, rated at 250 hp. Accommodate the whole family and enjoy premium power with the CX-9.
  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Mazda’s two-door convertible is a roadster that employs the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L engine for 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. You can also expect up to an EPA-estimated 35 mpg, meaning you get a perfect blend of efficiency and peppy performance.

Experience Mazda SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY at Cox Mazda

At Cox Mazda, we carry the latest Mazda vehicles equipped with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. Visit our Mazda dealership at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, FL, conveniently located near Sarasota and Tampa, to test drive the current Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, and more. See for yourself how Mazda is continually improving the driving experience, and get in touch with any questions.

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