The Mazda CX-3 only offers one engine choice, but it balances power, performance, and fuel efficiency perfectly, meaning that most drivers are unlikely to want a different engine choice. Part of the reason the engine is so impressive is its SkyActiv technology which allows for an unrivaled compression ratio and top performance.


Mazda CX-3 Engine Review of the Basics


The engine in the Mazda CX-3 is a SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 16 valves and a DOHC design. It has a displacement of 1,998 cc and a truly impressive compression ratio of 13.0:1. The engine features direct injection and runs on regular fuel. It generates an SAE net 146 horsepower at 6,000 revolutions per minute and an SAE net torque of 146 pound-feet at 2,800 rpm. The Canadian model of the CX-3 only features a gas engine, although some international models also offer a diesel alternative.


Mazda CX-3 Engine Review of Fuel Economy


There is essentially one transmission available on the CX-3, a SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic, although an upgraded version is optional. The transmission differences, however, don’t affect fuel economy. It is affected by the drivetrain of a given model since any Mazda CX-3 engine review will mention that although this model comes standard with front-wheel drive, you can upgrade to i-ACTIV all-wheel drive. As predicted, the SkyActiv-G engine gets better fuel economy with front-wheel drive models than all-wheel drive ones. A CX-3 with FWD will need 8.2 liters to go 100 kilometers in the city and 6.7 on the highway. A model with AWD, on the other hand, needs 8.8 liters and 7.3 liters, respectively, to go the same distance.


SkyActiv Engine Review


Since the CX-3 runs on a SkyActiv engine, this technology plays a key role in any Mazda CX-3 engine review. SkyActiv Technology is Mazda’s innovative range of technology features that are designed to take their vehicles to the next level. The engines improve the typical combustion found in an engine to improve fuel efficiency compared to traditional options. That is because a conventional engine relying on internal combustion will only access about 30 percent of the potential energy from its fuel source. The SkyActiv engines, like the 2.0-liter one in the CX-3, compress the mixture of air and fuel in the cylinders to a degree not seen in other vehicles. This allows them to get even more energy from each drop so you need less fuel to achieve the same, or more, power.


Some SkyActiv engines have a compression ratio of up to 14:1 and even the 13.0:1 ratio in the CX-3’s engine is nearly impossible to find in mass-produced engines. This lets Mazda balance outstanding fuel economy with the sheer pleasure of driving. The new SkyActiv engines have boosted torque and fuel efficiency by 15 percent in comparison to other existing engines. The boost to torque at low or medium speeds, in particular, becomes a key part of any Mazda CX-3 engine review as it makes real-world driving more comfortable and enjoyable.




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