What is Mazda SKYACTIV® Technology?

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SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY is a powerful, crucial aspect of new Mazda vehicles. Taking to the Torrance streets in a model equipped with Mazda SKYACTIV® design elements will transform every drive into a pure joy ride. No matter which Mazda model catches your eye, finding your dream ride that’s appointed with all the features you crave is simple when you shop with South Bay Mazda. From the Mazda3 to the Mazda CX-9 to the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, we have a diverse inventory waiting for you in Torrance.

So, what is Mazda SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY? It’s the philosophy that fuel efficiency shouldn’t detract from performance. Mazda engineers apply this technology to the engine, transmission, body, and chassis of new Mazda models to give Redondo Beach drivers more on their commutes. Learn more about this technology and the way it encompasses every Mazda model with our team below!

Gas & Diesel Engines

When you get behind the wheel of a powerful Mazda model, carving up the Manhattan Beach backroads and overtaking traffic in Hawthorne is a breeze. Mazda SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY allows you to handle each drive like you’re on the local track. With multiple engine options, this technology affects the vehicle’s performance in ways that will enhance your drives. Here’s what makes this technology so unique:

  • SKYACTIV®-G: This engine is a take on the aspirated gasoline engines and can be had as a 2.0L or 2.5L 4-cylinder. SKYACTIV®-G compresses the air-fuel mixture inside the engine at a rate of 14.0:1. This increases fuel efficiency by as much as 15%.
  • SKYACTIV®-D: Compared to other diesel engines, SKYACTIV®-D engines have a lower compression ratio, improving fuel economy and lowering emission levels. The upcoming Mazda CX-5 Diesel will feature this technology.


With a powerful engine comes a powerful transmission. Whether you’re interested in a silky smooth automatic or you want to take control with a manual, you can expect to shift through your gears without a hitch when you drive a Mazda in Torrance. Check out what SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY can do when in a transmission system:

  • SKYACTIV®-Drive: This 6-speed automatic transmission gives Manhattan Beach drivers the fuel economy and seamlessness of a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and a dual-clutch automated manual. With this transmission, fuel economy is boosted by 4% to 7%.
  • SKYACTIV®-MT: Small and lightweight, this 6-speed manual transmission switches gears quickly and without wasting fuel.

Body, Chassis, & Handling

While you can rely on your keen intuition behind the wheel, having an expertly crafted body will help you drive safely and efficiently on every journey. Mazda SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY offers driving dynamics that will have you ready to take on any drive. Using the following technologies, Mazda engineered its vehicles’ bodies and frameworks to deliver optimized fuel economy and exciting driving dynamics:

  • SKYACTIV®-BODY: Compared to previous Mazda models’ body designs, SKYACTIV®-BODY creates a body that’s 8% lighter and 30% more rigid.
  • SKYACTIV®-CHASSIS: This chassis introduced a new and improved front and rear suspension system and electric power steering, as well as a 14% weight reduction.
  • SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS: SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control improves cornering by reducing engine torque and shifting weight to the front wheels.

Test Drive a New Mazda Vehicle at South Bay Mazda

Find out how SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY can enhance your Manhattan Beach drive when you make your way to us at South Bay Mazda for a test drive. Contact us today to learn more about our new Mazda inventory, as well as which models sport this new innovative technology! Also, be sure to browse our new vehicle specials to help you save, learn more about the Mazda maintenance schedules, and ask us about the i-ACTIVSENSE® safety technology!

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