2012 Mazda Mazda3 Skyactiv First Drive Review
Efficiency Meets Performance
2012 Mazda Mazda3 Skyactiv: Introduction
Most mainstream automakers have already seen 40 miles per gallon on the highway become a reality (as well as a crucial marketing and sales tool), but Mazda, a company that prides itself on a fun, "zoom-zoom" driving experience, had to take a different approach to attaining this important mpg rating. The newly introduced Skyactiv technologies include a host of engine, transmission and chassis enhancements that will allows Mazda's future vehicles to get better fuel economy without negatively affecting the brand's sporty characteristics. The first such car to offer Skyactiv in the United States is the heavily revised 2012 Mazda Mazda3, but we were recently in California to test out the upgraded Mazda3 in terms of both fuel efficiency and performance. Mazda expects Skyactiv to account for more than 50 percent of 2012 Mazda3 sales, and after this model, the Skyactiv technologies will soon spread to other Mazda models including the all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 that is expected out early next year.