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Mazda’s i-Activ Technology

The reputation of the Japanese manufacturer Mazda is well known for its reliable and durable vehicles. The i-Activ technology has a lot to do with it, offering you increased traction and stability. 

Since this is a cutting-edge technology, it is worthwhile to introduce you to the Mazda i-Activ AWD system to better understand it. 


What Is Mazda i-Activ Technology? 

First of all, the Mazda i-Activ technology is first and foremost an all-wheel drive system that uses 27 sensors to analyze the road conditions 200 times per second. 

For example, in slippery conditions, Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system is designed to deliver just the right amount of torque to the rear wheels to keep you from skidding and optimize your driving.  

In short, whether it’s wet, icy or snowy, you can count on Mazda i-Activ AWD to generate the power and traction you need, when you need it.  

Simply put, the i-Activ system constantly monitors the amount of torque needed to turn the wheels and the load on the engine for you. It also monitors road conditions, outside temperature, wiper operation, etc. 


i-Activ Is Even Smarter! 

Because i-Activ uses so many sensors, it can determine your driving intentions. Are you about to accelerate? How far is your steering wheel turned? How much pressure are you applying to your brakes? These are some of the things that will make Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system react.  

The Mazda AWD control module will apply the necessary torque to your wheels to provide a stable driving experience with better control during acceleration, cornering and braking.  

In short, the system will help you achieve optimal control in all road conditions to minimize wheel spin. You’ll enjoy a safer ride and improved responsiveness, both of which are essential in less-than-ideal road conditions.  

Speaking of the i-Activ system and the Mazda 3, AJAC notes that: 

The Mazda 3 is a feat not only in terms of design,  
but also in terms of engineering, especially with the integration of  
i-Activ all-wheel drive.”3 

Lighter Vehicles! 

The performance of Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system is proven and shows undeniable results against rivals.  

To achieve such performance, Japanese engineers went back to the drawing board and managed to reduce the weight of this all-wheel drive system by 43% compared to previous generations.  

The system’s components are now lighter and, as a result, stronger. In addition, because the i-Activ AWD system is 43 percent lighter, the vehicle’s fuel efficiency is increased. 


In Brief 

It’s true to say that there are other all-wheel drive systems on the automotive market. However, Mazda’s i-Activ AWD technology shows that in snowy or slippery conditions, it performs better than many others. It actually provides more stability and control. 

Already in 2016, Jacques Deshaies in The Car Guide pointed out the following about this technology:  

Mazda has made an elegant entrance  
into a rather competitive world. The engineers have pulled off  
a massive achievement [i-Activ technology] without sacrificing  
any of the fun that Mazda is known for.”4 

In fact, comparisons between different vehicles show that Mazda has done well in terms of control on snowy and icy surfaces. 

In conclusion, to learn more about i-Activ technology and its benefits or to test drive one of the Mazda 2022 models, visit Baie-Comeau Mazda on the Côte-Nord, near Pointe-Lebel and Chute-aux-Outardes. A talented team will answer all your questions and will help you take advantage of the current promotions. We are waiting for you! 

two 2022 mazda vehicle models with sjyactiv technology and baie-comeau mazda dealership logo

Posted in on Feb 28, 2022