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SkyActiv technology is a range of Mazda-exclusive advanced technologies and engineering components that take performance and efficiency to the next level. The innovations span engines, transmissions, platforms, bodies, and chassis, creating the best Mazda vehicles yet. The Mazda 6 is just one of the many vehicles in the lineup that benefits from SkyActiv technology, giving you top efficiency and handling.

SkyActiv Engine in the 2016 Mazda 6

The first piece of SkyActiv technology you will notice in the Mazda 6 is the engine, a SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with 16 valves. SkyActiv engines like this one take an innovative approach to the traditional combustion engine. A conventional internal combustion engine can only take advantage of about 30 percent of the potential energy in a given fuel source. The SkyActiv engine, however, is able to dramatically boost this efficiency due to its ability to compress the fuel-air mixture within the cylinders to a dramatic degree. This means that each drop of fuel produces far more energy than in a conventional engine.

Some SkyActiv engines have a compression ratio of up to 14:1 but even the 13:1 ratio in the Mazda 6’s engine is able to combine outstanding fuel economy with driving pleasure. The key to this impressive compression ratio is the dome-shaped pistons within the engine. Both torque and fuel efficiency are 15 percent greater in the SkyActiv engines than similar counterparts from other manufacturers, giving you an engine that works with your real-world driving needs. The SkyActiv-G engine also reduces friction within the engine itself, boosts oil pump efficiency, boosts the efficiency of the water pump, and reduces the friction of the crankshaft, rods, and pistons.

SkyActiv Transmissions in the 2016 Mazda 6

The transmissions in the 2016 Mazda 6 also rely on SkyActiv technology to deliver perfect handling and fuel efficiency. Both the SkyActiv-MT 6-speed manual and the SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic put the latest advances within your reach to improve your Mazda’s performance and efficiency. When creating the transmission, Mazda recognized that most people define their “ideal transmission” as a component that lets them stay in complete control of their vehicle.

In the case of the Mazda 6 sedan, the SkyActiv-MT manual has a light weight that leads the class, ensuring that you notice the crispness of shifting. This manual in the 2016 Mazda 6 has actually lost up to 16 percent of its weight, leading to the perfect control drivers want. The SkyActiv-Drive automatic has a lockup range that is extended to over 80 percent so you can enjoy the direct feel typically reserved for manual transmissions.

SkyActiv-Chassis and SkyActiv-Body

Mazda engineers recognize that a sedan has to balance the fine line between being lightweight and rigid. The light weight or lean body is essential for great performance, particularly when accelerating, turning, and stopping. The rigidity helps keep passengers safe. The SkyActiv-Body in the 2016 Mazda 6 achieves both goals through its complete makeover, improving rigidity by 30 percent while reducing weight by 8 percent. The SkyActiv-Chassis also takes advantage of new features like the electric power steering system for swift handling and the cross member that is lightweight and highly rigid.

 

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