The Joy of Effortless Driving: Where Car and Driver Truly Connect

The Joy of Effortless Driving: Where Car and Driver Truly Connect

When a driver feels a sense of oneness with their car, they can experience something different and achieve something extraordinary. At Mazda, that realization is not coincidental; it’s the result of decades of precision engineering and meticulously realized details.

When a vehicle preforms proportionally to a driver’s inputs, it feels like a natural and intuitive extension of the driver—it becomes effortless. This connection creates a sense of comfort and confidence that creates better drivers. Being able to focus on the purity of driving can put the the driver into a higher state, which is refreshing, inspiring and can make any drive more enjoyable, no matter the destination.

Creating Oneness

“Cars are tools we use to go beyond our ordinary physical capabilities. But I believe the car should feel like an extension of your being,” said Takeo Kijima, a former program manager for the MX-5 at Mazda Japan.

When you take away the stresses of driving, you are more likely to feel a sense of effortless flow when behind the wheel. An incredible orchestration of detail is needed to produce this elevated state, which is even more heightened in the Mazda6.

The SKYACTIV engine is much more reactive, so the car moves quicker when you pull away. Not only is the start smoother, you can also sense very subtle changes in acceleration as you put your foot down.

An incredible orchestration of detail is needed to produce this feeling of harmony, which is even more heightened in the 2018 Mazda6. The newly available SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbo-charged engine is more responsive. And enhancements to the suspension and steering create a smoother drive and a more stable performance a smoother and a more stable drive.

Fun behind the wheel

The opportunity to this oneness with a vehicle is what inspires Dave Coleman, a development engineer at Mazda’s research and development center.

“We’re all on the same page for what we want the car to do,” Coleman said. “I know guys at other car companies who have to argue that they should make a car that’s fun to drive. There’s none of that at Mazda. The whole company is on board.”

“We want to make the car feel completely natural,” Coleman added. “When we get that right, you don’t even notice that we got it right, because you’re really enjoying driving the car.”

It’s this methodical and intuitive process that enables you to sit back and feel the joy of effortless driving—that oneness between you and Mazda.

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