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What are Mazda SKYACTIV ® Transmissions?

What are my Mazda SKYACTIV ® transmission options?

There are two Mazda SKYACTIV ® transmission options for you to consider. First of all, if you do not know what SKYACTIV ® technology is, it is a Mazda technology that promotes fuel efficiency and power ratings in a vehicle. There are several SKYACTIV ® components in Mazda vehicles, including engines and transmissions. Together, these technology features create a vehicle that doesn’t compromise on fuel efficiency or power. Keep reading below to learn about what your SKYACTIV ® transmission options are and come into Puente Hills Mazda to take a test drive and learn more.

SKYACTIV ® -Drive 6-speed automatic transmission

The two SKYACTIV ® transmissions for Mazda vehicles have an obvious distinction, this first one is an automatic transmission, and the second one is a manual transmission. However, they are both 6-speed transmissions, which means that they have the same amount of speeds available, but that the transition between the speeds is controlled differently. With the SKYACTIV ®-Drive transmission, the transition between speeds is automatic and fluid, meaning that your vehicle will automatically change from one setting to the next, without disturbing your drive or requiring any extra effort from the driver. Indeed, this transition is so fluid that it won’t even be noticed.

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SKYACTIV ®-MT 6-speed manual transmission

On the other hand, some drivers prefer the feel of a manual transmission. Manual transmissions have become less popular over the years, but they have become a sort of relic of the past when every vehicle had a manual transmission. The SKYACTIV ®-MT is inspired by the Mazda MX-5 Miata, a favorite vehicle of many Mazda fans. With a manual transmission, some drivers feel more in-tune with their vehicle and in control of their drive.

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