What is SKYACTIV Technology?
A common question we receive from customers visiting our dealership for the first time is: What is SKYACTIV Technology? Chances are you’ve seen the commercials and no doubt want to know what this fabulous new technology that Mazda keeps touting.
The first thing you need to understand is that SKYACTIV is not a single piece of technology, but rather a series of innovative new strategies and engineering designed to increase fuel economy and driving enjoyment without sacrificing power or comfort. To that end, Mazda’s engineers created a number of strategies to accomplish their lofty goals.
Power without Compromise
The first method Mazda used in their SKYACTIV program is building small displacement, high compression engines. This allows for superior economy and lower emissions while maintaining excellent low to mid-range torque for seamless passing and on-demand power.
All of Mazda’s SKYACTIV engines are also thoroughly designed to reduce friction as much possible. Friction robs an engine of its efficiency, reducing its economy and power, while increasing its emissions. Reducing an engine’s friction also has the added effect of making the engine smoother and free-revving, making it more enjoyable to wring out.
Power is nothing without control, which is why Mazda’s SKYACTIV program also focuses on building exemplary transmissions. A Mazda transmission is designed to be light yet strong, with smooth yet fast shift. This plan helps reduce drivetrain losses – maximizing fuel economy. A SKYACTIV transmission is also built for precise control, either as an automatic or a manual, to increase your driving enjoyment as it responds crisply to your inputs.
The final key to Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology is their strong yet featherweight chassis. A vehicle’s chassis is its backbone, so it needs to be strong. However, a chassis is also heavy, and weight saps a vehicle’s performance and fuel economy. So that’s why Mazda’s engineers combined steel and aluminum to craft a chassis that’s both light and strong.
The result is a series of chassis’ that weight hundreds of pounds less than a conventional steel chassis, and yet remain remarkably rigid. As a Mazda driver, you can expect crisp handling a low speeds, high speed stability, and the security of knowing that Mazda cars, trucks, and SUVs have amongst the highest crash test ratings in the auto industry.
Want to Know More?
Interested in learning more about the advantages of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology? Visit our dealership to test drive amazing vehicles like the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, or CX-5. You can also visit our Contact Us page for more information on how to speak to a Mazda representative about our SKYACTIV technology.