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2015-2016 Mazda CX-3 Replacement Air Filter from K&N is Designed to Boost Performance

The K&N 33-5042 replacement air filter is designed to fit into the existing factory air box and installs in around 5 minutes with usually no tools required.

The K&N 33-5042 replacement air filter is designed to fit into the existing factory air box and installs in around 5 minutes with usually no tools required.

Japanese automaker Mazda initially began as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd. in Hiroshima, Japan in 1920 as a manufacturer of machine tools. It produced its first vehicle, the Mazda-Go, an auto-rickshaw, in 1931. Although every automobile it produced carried the Mazda name, the company itself wasn’t called Mazda until 1984.

As a way to differentiate itself from other Japanese carmakers, the company developed the Wankel rotary engine. Contrary to the common piston-designed internal combustion engine, the Wankel engine does not use pistons. Instead, it relies on a rotary design to convert pressure into rotating motion. Advantages over the more common piston engine include simplicity, smoothness, compactness, high revolutions per minute, and a high power-to-weight ratio.

Mazda partnered with Ford Motor Company in 1979 when Ford acquired 7% stake in the Japanese manufacturer. By 1996, Ford owned 33.3%. The American carmaker began to divestiture its holdings from 2008 to 2010, but still owned 2.1% in 2014. During its cooperation with Ford, Mazda manufactured the Mazda B-Series, the Bongo, Titan, the Probe, the Mazda 626 sedan, the Mazda MX-6 sports coupe, and the Mazda 121. It also assisted in the manufacturing of the Ford Explorer in 1991, which Mazda sold as the 2-door Mazda Navajo.

Through the years Mazda produced a number of engines other than the rotary engine. These include a V-twin, which powered three-wheeled delivery vehicles in the 1950s; straight-4s, and V6 engines. A popular model that Mazda produces is the CX-3, a subcompact crossover SUV, which was unveiled in November 2014. The first incarnation was the CX3 racing concept car, which was introduced in 2015. The production version of the car was unveiled in 2016.

There are three engines available to power the car –- a 1.3-liter SkyActiv-G turbocharged I4 gasoline, a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G I4 gasoline, and a 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D diesel. Two transmissions are also available –- the 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual. The car has been awarded the 2016 Yahoo Autos Savvy Ride of the Year.

K&N offers the 33-5042 replacement air filter for the Mazda CX-3. The filter is designed to increase the performance of the CX-3 engine. The filter features multiple layers of cotton gauze that has been treated with a special grade of filter oil that saturates the cotton strands making them very sticky. This permits the filter to capture and hold dirt particles until it comes time to clean the filter. K&N recommends cleaning the filter every 50,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. The unique construction of the filter allows it to outperform paper and foam filters.

Paper air filters have to be thick and the fibers must be tightly compressed and dense. This restricts the airflow. Moreover, as the paper filters become more and more congested, they restrict the airflow, causing your engine to not perform as well as possible.

Foam air filters have less surface area, which adversely affects airflow and dirt holding capability. Cell foam saturates with oil, dirt builds up on the outside and blocks openings and higher vacuum pressure alters the cells causing them to draw dirt deeper into the filter resulting in restricted airflow.

K&N offers air filter cleaning kits that can be used to clean the air filter and re-oil.  This means that the filter can be used over and over again as long as it is cleaned after 50,000 miles of use. Truth is, this filter could be the last that you will ever have to buy.

That’s why K&N is so sure of the quality performance of the air filter. So it guarantees the filter with a Million Mile Limited Warranty. The warranty promises that the air filter will last for up to 10 years or 1,000,000 miles without the need for replacement.

The K&N 33-5042 replacement air filter fits the following vehicles:

2016 MAZDA CX-3 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2015 MAZDA CX-3 2.0L L4 F/I - All



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