Mazda SKYACTIV® Technology

If you have a Mazda or have read about Mazda technology, you have heard the term SKYACTIV®. Mazda SKYACTIV® technology maximizes driving performance and efficiency and encompasses everything from the construction of each model’s body to the engine, transmission and chassis. Mazda SKYACTIV® technology includes SKYACTIV®-G gasoline, SKYACTIV® -Drive 6-Speed, SKYACTIV®-MT 6-Speed Manual and the SKYACTIV® platform.


While Mazda is getting ready to debut the first all-electric Mazda MX-30, it should be known that Mazda’s current engine technology is already designed for maximum efficiency. Mazda SKYACTIV®-G includes the 2.0L and 2.5L gasoline engines currently available on new Mazda models. Using higher compression ratios than typical gas engines, which only get about 30% efficiency, Mazda SKYACTIV®-G engines use more energy from fuel.  In a basic sense, Mazda SKYACTIV®-G technology recaptures lost exhaust heat and increases your fuel economy. This advanced technology sets future Mazda plug-in hybrid models up to be efficient and competitive.

Mazda SKYACTIV®-Drive & MT 6-Speed

While most new Mazda models use automatic transmissions, some, like the iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata, can be had with a 6-speed manual – ideal for maximizing your driving fun and staying in total control. Whether you like to switch gears yourself or prefer the capable automatic, Mazda SKYACTIV® technology is in play. The automatic SKYACTIV®-Drive allows for smooth, quick shifting to create a precise, responsive and efficient drive. 

The Mazda SKYACTIV®-MT utilizes a short-throw to maximize efficiency, control and power.

Mazda SKYACTIV® Platform

The SKYACTIV® platform consists of the SKYACTIV®-CHASSIS and SKYACTIV®-BODY or overall body construction. It doesn’t matter how powerful or efficient your engine is if you are trying to move a bag of rocks. Ultra-high tensile-strength steel is crafted to make your new Mazda more aerodynamic and as light as possible while still being strong – and safe. The stiff chassis and body construction lend a rigid stability to each new Mazda model that gives the driver responsive handling and precise steering. You get agility at lower speeds while still gaining stability at higher speeds. This technology also helps make the car more efficient and, working in tandem with the ultra-efficient SKYACTIV®-G engine, you get a capable vehicle that sips gas and hugs corners. Less energy gets wasted, and your driving experience gets maximized!


In recent years, Mazda made a subtle yet significant improvement to the driving experience with its SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control technology. With the aim of making driving a Mazda feel more like an extension of oneself, this new technology was designed with the driver in mind. You get more precise steering, responsive steering and a less fatiguing drive. So you – and your Mazda – driver smarter, not harder.

New Mazdas are also available with i-ACTIV® all-wheel-drive that features off-road traction control.

All of these elements put together create the Mazda SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE ARCHITECTURE, a holistic approach to car manufacturing and performance. This human-centered development process follows the philosophy of Jinba-Ittai (the Oneness of Horse and Rider) to create a vehicle that is safe, efficient and, most importantly, enjoyable to drive. 

Why Mazda?

Mazda vehicles are known for their safety, value and simply being fun to drive. U.S. News & World Report named Mazda its 2021 Best Car Brand, and every new 2021 Mazda model earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award in 2021! Mazdas are affordable, stylish and available in a diverse range of sizes. There are options for FWD, AWD, turbocharged engines, luxury amenities, and body styles. If you can dream it, you can drive it in a new Mazda!

Find your Jinba-Ittai in a new Mazda from Dublin Mazda. Our experienced Mazda pros are here to help you explore each new Mazda model to find the vehicle perfect for your driving needs. Shop online or visit Dublin Mazda in Dublin, California, to test drive a new Mazda CX-5 or take a spin in a new Mazda MX-5 Miata to get a real feel for those elevated Mazda driving dynamics. Our knowledgeable team will help you go over every feature and option, including the Mazda i-ATIVSENSE® suite of safety features that helped every new 2021 Mazda to earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award! Stop by Dublin Mazda in Dublin, CA, to experience the joy of driving a Mazda.