Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology Unites Performance and Efficiency

September 9th, 2013 by

2014 Mazda CX5In 2011 Mazda debuted a revolutionary technology that we now know as SKYACTIV Technology. Designed to harmonize every working component of an automobile, SKYACTIV Technology was birthed from a quest to create a lineup of vehicles that would offer increased environmental performance through the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions. This technology brings forth new engines, transmissions, bodies, and chassis, all brought to life in select Mazda3 models, the 2014 Mazda CX-5, and one day on board every new Mazda model.

A Deeper Look

SKYACTIV begins with a redesigned body and chassis that bids farewell to its once overweight size and high fuel consumption. Weight was reduced by 220 lbs., granting an 8% weight reduction and an increased rigidity of 30% to ensure a safe and properly handled ride. Tack on crash energy pathways that take advantage of the whole car body instead of just the floor, new front suspension geometry, and changed wheel angles with pivot points in the suspension, and you truly have an improved ride!

Not one single bit of energy is wasted with SKYACTIV Technology, as this impressive innovation features “i-ELOOP” braking, a regenerative braking system that recovers any wasted energy and puts it back to work. Select Mazda vehicles featuring SKYACTIV are also loaded with a special alternator that freewheels the engine while the car is in motion, but once you let off the gas, the outgoing energy is converted into electricity that is then stored in a capacitor and sent out when needed.

Under the hood of a SKYACTIV vehicle, such as the 2014 CX-5, drivers will find a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine untied with a manual transmission. This winning combination puts forth 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. Upper trim models pick up a 2.5L engine that produces 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. A high pressure direct fuel injector was added to improve combustion efficiency and engine friction was cut by 30%, all while a stellar 6-speed automatic transmission joined the fun with its smooth shifting and precision responsiveness.

Test Drive a 2014 CX-5 Featuring SKYACTIV Technology

If you are perusing the market for a snappy ride that offers the unique combination of outstanding driving performance and fuel efficiency, then stop by Biggers Mazda to take a test drive in our popular crossover. We look forward to introducing you to its innovative technologies!