Quick off the line and aggressive in the curves, in the world of compact cars the Mazda3 is the true driver’s bread and butter. And with up to 40 mpg* highway, the driving excitement goes on and on.
Fuel Economy. Performance. Together.Our philosophy is that if it's not worth driving, it's not worth building. So in our quest for better environmental performance, our goal was to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without compromising driving performance. To get there, we started with a clean sheet of paper and engineered every major component of the automobile to work together in efficient harmony. The result is something revolutionary.
The SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L Gasoline EngineCurrently, 95% of the world uses gasoline or diesel combustion engines, and by 2020 90% still will be. In this fact we saw an enormous opportunity: If we could find a way to make the internal combustion engine work better, we could make a big difference in how much fuel the world uses and how much CO2 is emitted. Our solution is the SKYACTIV®-G gasoline engine, a 2.0-liter marvel that produces 10% to 15% more low/mid-range torque, along with 15% lower fuel consumption and emissions than our previous 2.0-liter engine.
The SKYACTIV®-Drive Six-Speed Automatic TransmissionNow that we had come up with such a revolutionary engine, we needed the ultimate transmission to get all that precious energy to the wheels. How do you build that? Study every modern transmission made, take the best features of each and fire up the blender. Then, top it all off by adding a brain, A.K.A. an advanced control module. The result is the SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. It shifts smoothly for steady acceleration and quickly for the connected feel of a manual transmission, while the brain delivers precision responsiveness and reliability
The SKYACTIV®-Body and SKYACTIV®-Chassis.With our SKYACTIV® Body and Chassis, we were determined to get more of that exhilarating Mazda driving feel while increasing crash safety performance and reducing weight. Through smarter engineering and materials we were able to
improve body rigidity by 30% (for better handling) and shed 220 pounds, all while improving crash safety performance. To give you more of that "oneness" between car and driver, the suspension was redesigned for greater agility at low speeds and more stability at high speeds.
*Available on select Mazda3 models. Based on 2012 EPA estimates for Mazda3 i 4-Door models with 2.0L SKYACTIV®-G engine and 6-speed SKYACTIV®-Drive automatic transmission 28 city/40 highway mpg. Actual results may vary.