2018 Mazda 6 First Drive
Mazda6 offers two powertrain options in the U.S., starting with the torquey, fuel-efficient SKYACTIV-G
2.5 naturally aspirated engine. Mazda6’s 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine comes with a host of upgrades to reduce internal friction and improve efficiency across all RPM, and it adds a greater level of refinement.
A new technology that is unique to Mazda in North America is cylinder deactivation in a four-cylinder
engine. The outside two cylinders can shut down when the vehicle is operated at steady speeds
between 25 and 50 mph, but all four cylinders work instantaneously when needed for maximum
performance. A centrifugal pendulum has been adopted in the torque converter of the six-speed
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