- Oct 3, 2013
- Hickory Hills, IL
- 2014 2.0 TD Chevy Cruze
... Personally I've gone back to spark ignition, non turbo, port injected gasoline engines, although modern designs with VVT. Less stuff to go wrong and what typically goes wrong is less expensive to fix.
The 2.0L and 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engines powering the 2018 Mazda CX-5 have both received updates to reduce internal friction, thus increasing low-end torque and also fuel economy. Speaking of which, the bigger mill even adds segment-exclusive cylinder deactivation—a first on a 4-cylinder engine in North America—shutting down the two outside cylinders at cruising speeds to maximize efficiency. In fact, Mazda claims the system can reduce fuel consumption by approximately 20% when driving at a constant 40 km/h, and by approximately 5% at a constant 80 km/h.
Alas, the brand new SKYACTIV-D diesel engine we were promised a year ago is still nowhere to be found. We contacted the folks at Mazda Canada and they said the results from EPA and CARB emission testing should come by the end of the year, so the company is hopeful to make an official announcement at that time.