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Although the Mazda 6 only offers one engine across the lineup, there are two transmissions to choose from, including several variations of the automatic. Keep in mind that you may need to special order your Mazda 6 if you stick to the standard SkyActiv-MT manual.

SkyActiv-MT Mazda 6 Transmission

Across all three trim levels, the standard transmission in the Mazda 6 is a SkyActiv-MT 6-speed manual transmission. Working with the SkyActv-G 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, this transmission will give you 9.4 L/100 km in the city and 6.4 on the highway.

SkyActiv-Drive Mazda 6 Transmission

The GX, GS, and GT trim all offer the option to upgrade to a SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. On the GX trim, this transmission comes with a SPORT mode and a Drive Selection Switch. The version in the GS and GT includes these features as well as paddle shifters for improved handling. Choosing this automatic transmission will give you 8.8 L/100km in the city and 6.1 L/100km on the highway.

Transmissions with i-ELOOP

If you choose a SkyActiv-Drive automatic Mazda 6 transmission on the GT trim, you have the option of getting the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system through the Technology Package. This feature improves fuel economy by generating electricity when you decelerate. The energy that typically goes to waste during this process is instead converted to electricity via a special system. The Mazda 6 then uses this electricity to power electrical components like the windows or audio system. By providing electricity to these features, the engine no longer needs to generate as much energy, boosting your fuel economy. As such, choosing the SkyActiv-Drive automatic with i-ELOOP gives you truly impressive fuel economy of 8.5 L/100km in the city and 5.9 L/100km on the highway.

SkyActiv Technology in the Transmission

Both of the Mazda 6 transmission options rely on SkyActiv technology, which aims to create the ideal transmission. Through research, Mazda has discovered that most people define their ideal transmission as one that gives them control of their vehicle, which is what Mazda aims to do with this sedan.

The standard SkyActiv-MT manual has class-leading weight, improving the feeling of crispness while driving. The manual transmission has lost 16 percent of it weight and had a significant decrease in size as well. This lets you combine great fuel economy with a sports car-like feel. The SkyActiv-Drive automatic option combines the benefits of an automatic transmission with the direct feel associated with a manual. This direct feel comes courtesy of a lockup range that is over 80 percent, letting it combine with fuel economy when driving at low speeds and a smooth transmission.

Other Related Mechanics

To better understand the Mazda 6 transmission options, consider the engine that they work with. The SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine has 16 valves, variable valve timing, and direct injection. It runs on regular fuel and generates 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the highly efficient transmission, the engine also has an impressive compression ratio of 13.0:1, which helps it achieve such great fuel economy.

 

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