What is Mazda Skyactiv technology?

It’s common for automakers to come up with cool names for new or old technology. After all, all other things being equal, you’re more likely to buy the car that sounds more innovative and modern than the one that doesn’t. Mazda hopes its Skyactiv technology (often capitalized as SKYACTIV) will help convince you to take a chance on its new sedans and SUVs. So what exactly is Skyactiv technology? Is it a new innovative feature or an old one repackaged for today’s market? Also, is it worth choosing a brand new Mazda over a similar competitor?

What is Mazda Skyactiv technology?

Mazda Skyactiv Technology Presentation | TORU YAMANAKA/AFP via Getty Images

According to Kelley Blue Book, Skyactiv is a suite of proprietary automotive technologies designed to improve the fuel efficiency of the internal combustion engine (ICE). Traditionally, ICEs only use about 30% of the energy they get from the fuel, with the rest being lost as heat that is dissipated internally or externally.

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