Engine Mazda L5-VE

The 2.5-liter Mazda L5-VE (MZR L5-VE 2.5) gasoline engine was produced by the company from 2008 to 2015 and was installed on the most popular models of the third, fifth, sixth series, as well as the CX-7 crossover. A similar power unit was installed on the Ford Kuga under its own YTMA index.

The L-engine family also includes:

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 3 BL in 2008 – 2013;
  • Mazda 5 CW in 2010 – 2015;
  • Mazda 6 II (GH) in 2008 – 2012;
  • Mazda CX-7 I (ER) in 2009 – 2012.


Production years 2008-2015
Displacement, cc 2488
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 160 – 175
Torque output, Nm 220 – 235
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 89
Piston stroke, mm 100
Compression ratio 9.7
Features DOHC, balancers
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator S-VT, intake
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda 6 2009)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 116

Disadvantages of the Mazda L5-VE engine

  • This unit is considered the most reliable in its series and does not even consume much oil;
  • On specialized forums, they complain about heat exchanger leaks and breakdowns of attachments;
  • The weak points of the motor also include sticking intake manifold flaps;
  • After 200 – 250 thousand kilometers, the timing chain may stretch and require replacement;
  • There are no hydraulic lifters and valve clearances need to be adjusted every 100,000 km.

1 thought on “Engine Mazda L5-VE”

  1. Alexander Martijn Muller

    Hi, I have an L5-VE (6 II GH) since january 2024 and drove 10.000 km with it. No problems, a real nice en smooth engine. The combined fuelconsumption is about 7,5 l/100km. On highway ( and speed under 100km/h) i have done 6,5. But the torgue of this engine is the best part of it all.

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