The engines in the Mazda 3 are more powerful and efficient than ever before thanks to innovation and SkyActiv technology. There are two engines to choose from in the Mazda 3 depending on the trim that you choose and both are available either with the standard Mazda 3 or the Mazda 3 Sport.

Mazda 3 Engine Review of SkyActiv Technology

The engines are just one piece of SkyActiv technology that you will find in the Mazda 3 for 2016. The technology is Mazda’s form of innovation, enhancing efficiency, performance, and safety across their lineup. The SkyActiv-G engines boost the efficiency of the water and oil pump while reducing the friction in the crankshaft, rods, and pistons. The 2.5-liter option has a higher compression ratio that lets it boost fuel economy as well as low- to mid-range torque, putting it ahead of a traditional gas-powered engine. In fact, the SkyActiv-G engines are the first gas engines found in mass-produced vehicles that reach a 13:1 high compression ratio, something which it can achieve thanks to the engine’s dome-shaped pistons. It is this ratio which improves the energy captured from fuel to boost torque and efficiency.

Mazda 3 Engine Review of 2.0-Liter Engine

The base engine in the Mazda 3 is a SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with a DOHC style and 16 valves. It is always paired with front-wheel drive and either the SkyActiv-MT 6-speed manual transmission or the SkyActive-Drive 6-speed automatic with SPORT mode.

The 2.0-liter engine has a compression ratio of 13.0:1 and a displacement of 1,998 cc. It generates 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine needs 8.0 liters to go 100km in the city and 5.8 liters on the highway with the manual transmission or 7.9 and 5.9 liters, respectively, with the automatic. A Mazda 3 engine review will tell you that the SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter engine generates a higher torque in the low to mid-range than previous models, reducing emissions and fuel consumption thanks to the SkyActiv technology at play.

Engine Review of 2.5-Liter Engine

The available SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is similar to the 2.0-liter model, also featuring 16 valves and a DOHC style along with a 13.0:1 compression ratio. Its displacement, however, is 2,488 cc, which any Mazda 3 engine review will tell you allows it to generate more power. It gives drivers access to 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm.

You can pair this engine with the standard SkyActiv-MT 6-speed manual or the SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic that has SPORT mode, paddle shifters, and a drive selection switch. It is also always front-wheel drive. Sticking to the manual gives you 9 L/100km in the city and 6.6 on the highway while the automatic needs 8.7 and 6.5 liters, respectively.

Engine Availability in the Mazda 3

Any reliable Mazda 3 engine review will be sure to mention the availability of each engine. The SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter one comes standard across the lineup, including both the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 3 Sport. You will find it on the G, GX, and Gs trims and cannot upgrade to the larger engine. The only models with the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter are the GT trims, once again in either body style, and with or without the Technology Package.




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