Mazda3 Named Best Compact Car for 2016 by Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping and Car and Driver magazine joined forces to build a “fully loaded guide to the year’s best-in-class cars,” and if you’re looking for a new compact, then the Mazda3 is sure to do the job.

The Mazda3, which was also selected this year as a Car and Driver 10Best honoree, was named the Best Compact Car for 2016 by the Good Housekeeping Institute after thousands of miles of testing.

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There’s so much to love about the compact Mazda3.

The organization screened a list of the top 160 vehicles in the industry down to 41 across the four major categories—Compact, Sedan, Eco, and Crossover—and logged more than 2,000 miles in these vehicles. They looked at all of the important features: performance, family friendliness, price, infotainment, storage, design, usability, and safety.

Thanks to its SKYACTIV Technologies, KODO design, and MAZDA CONNECT system, the 2016 Mazda3 was an easy pick as the standout vehicle in the compact category. We guarantee it’ll stand out to you too when you visit Bakersfield Mazda!

Three Mazda Cars Receive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

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The Mazda6 is one of three models that earned the prestigious IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates every single new vehicle for its overall safety and is widely considered one of the strictest and most well-regarded safety rating systems in the nation. The top honor is the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and it just so happens that, for 2016, not one, not two, but three Mazda models have earned this renowned award.

The Mazda CX-5, the Mazda3 and the Mazda6 have each received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+. You might see some vehicles with the rating “Top Safety Pick,” which is still a great achievement, but it’s missing that special little plus-sign at the end. That symbol indicates that these models haven’t just met the IIHS’s standards for ultimate safety, but have gone above and beyond.

Mazda’s i-ACTIVESENSE Collision-Prevention system is just one of the many reasons for the automaker’s big wins. This system includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart City Brake Support for low speeds, and Smart Brake Support for high speeds.

Congratulations to Mazda for its three huge victories! And congrats to you if you happen to drive any one of these awesome vehicles.

The MX-5 Roadster Scores Car of the Year Japan

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The MX-5 was an easy choice for Car of the Year Japan!

We love our vehicles here in the states, but our automotive passion is put to the test by our car-crazed friends over the Pacific. So, when Japan says they love a car, there’s a good chance that car is something particularly spectacular.

That’s why we’re particularly proud here today at Bakersfield Mazda for the all-new Mazda MX-5’s Car of the Year Japan title. Known as the Mazda Roadster within Japan, the MX-5 took the country by storm with its high-achieving performance features and sleek, classic-roadster design. The open-top two-seater was built for fun on the road wherever you go and offers the full range of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology engineering features.

Mazda also won the award last year for the Mazda Demio, also known as the Mazda2. This year’s win marks the sixth Car of the Year Japan victory for Mazda.

Here’s a pro tip: the MX-5 looks just as sleek on American streets as it does in Japan!

Jumpstarting Your Car: The Basic Steps

Getting a dead battery is bound to happen sooner or later, and it can be extremely frustrating – not to mention dangerous. We’ve put together a list of tips on jumpstarting your car to help you out of this tricky situation.

According to wikiHow, you should always have a quality pair of jumper cables in your car. These should be thick, colored, well-stored, and capable of reaching around 20 ft or more. Make sure they’re not corroded, either.

The first step is to determine that the battery is actually the problem. If your lights or dash are dimmer than usual or if the car cranks slowly or clicks, it’s probably a dead battery. If you notice the car is cranking normally or that your vehicle is leaking fluid, it’s probably not the battery.

After determining the battery is indeed the problem, locate it under your hood. Have the jumper car pull up near you, with its hood open. DO NOT let the vehicles touch, as this can create a dangerous arc of electricity.

Follow these steps:

  • Connect the red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery.
  • Connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal (-) on the jumper car.
  • Connect the other black clamp to a piece of grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a shiny piece of metal like a bolt. It’s not uncommon to see a small spark when the ground is connected.
  • Make sure no cables are in the way of moving parts.
  • Start the jumper car; let it run for 60 seconds.
  • Start the dead vehicle. If it doesn’t work, let it charge longer and consider reconnecting the cables.
  • If successful, remove clamps in the reverse order you put them on, starting with the grounded clamp and then moving to the negative terminal, etc.
  • Let the (previously) dead car charge for at least 20 minutes.

Remember to be safe and avoid touching cables or moving parts. Contact Bakersfield Mazda‘s service department if you need any help!

Below is a video that will help further simplify the process for you.

Mazda3 Ranked Number One on Customer Love Index Report

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What’s not to like about the superb Mazda3?

The Mazda3 was recently ranked number one on the Customer Love Index Report. This award measures the experience of the main driver, seeking to determine just how satisfied new owners are with their vehicles. Consistently ranked number one, the Mazda3 can put a smile on anyone’s face.

According to Mazda, the Mazda3 comes with a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engine with SKYACTIV-G technology, a six-speed transmission, sleek styling, vibrant colors, comfortable seating, and the latest technologies. Best of all, it’s extremely affordable. Hate buyer’s remorse? Get the Mazda3.

“Our enthusiasm for the Mazda3 matches that of our customers, and we’re thrilled it continues to deliver on what drivers are passionate about for a vehicle,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  “Customer feedback helps us create the vehicles that drivers want to drive, and continued excitement for the Mazda3 is our motivation for enhancing the performance and design of the vehicle year after year.”

Strategic Vision, the publisher of the Customer Love Index Report, compiles information based on the number of vehicles sold. Since 2012, Strategic Vision has measured the results from over 8,000 vehicles, noting that owners love their cars more than other models.

It’s Not Too Late to See Fall in California!

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There’s never a bad time to take your Mazda for a spin in California!

Fall might be on her way out the door, but in sunny California there are still plenty of beautiful sights alive with autumn color. Fall in California takes its time, which is good news for anyone looking to take a last-minute scenic drive.

Check out Idyllwild, a rustic town just east of L.A., cozy in the San Jancito Mountains. Whether you’re looking for something exciting like rock climbing or trail hiking, or just want to chill out overnight in a comfy inn, there’s something for you in Idyllwild. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful spots in CA this season.

If you’re in the mood for a nice, long weekend, there’s no better place than Placer County up north. This region of California feels dedicated to the beauty of nature, and in the fall it’s easy to see why, with colors rivaling the fieriest spots in New England.

And if you’re in the mood for some truly dramatic geography along with you autumn hues, check out Castle Rock State Park. Great for camping and hiking, this is a must-see of fall in California.

Do you have any other destinations you like to visit? Let Bakersfield Mazda know!

Mazda Names Racers for 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout

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Which driver will tear up the track at the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout?

Since 2006, Mazda has gotten to combine two of its favorite things: helping talented young racers achieve greatness, and speed. The Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, taking place this year at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC over the weekend of November 8th, is a competition meant to identify potential professional racers through a skills showcase and final shootout race.

Recently, Mazda announced their list of 23 semi-finalists for the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, selected from a range of motor clubs and series. Ultimately, this list will be narrowed down to six to eight racers after business proposals and other assessments are submitted to Mazda. . The skills to be assessed range from speed and technical understanding to off-track public relations acumen; these kids have to have it all.

The winner of the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout will be awarded a $100,000 scholarship to compete in next year’s Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. And that’s it, there is no second place – talk about a high-stakes racing!

Mazda Received Three Automotive Brand Contest Awards

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda received three Automotive Brand Contest Awards for its Bike by KODO concept and the CX-3, as well as a grand prize for the KODO Design language. The ABC, sponsored by the German Design Council, is a prestigious contest that recognizes outstanding automotive design.

The Mazda team also won the Team of the Year Award, an award given to teams whose designs are consistent and innovative. According to a member of the German Design Council, Mazda’s team are not required to “define a form language,” but instead produce unique designs that still “express lively emotion.”

The awards from the Automotive Brand Contest follow from the recognition Mazda received during the Milan Design Week, which featured a Cars as Art segment including the Bike by KODO concept. The KODO concept was recognized in the Parts & Accessories category at Milan Design Week.

Ikuo Maeda, Executive Officer and Design Chief of Mazda’s Design Division, says his team will continue to “create dynamic and energetic designs that will excite our customers.” Bakersfield Mazda is proud to be part of a company that is innovative yet also stays true to its roots and beliefs.  Tell us what you think of Mazda’s Automotive Brand Contests!

How Do Anti-Lock Brakes Work?

Ever wonder how do anti-lock brakes work? We have everything you need to know here on our blog. Anti-lock brakes are becoming the standard for braking systems because of their superior safety and efficiency over other kinds of brakes. So how does anti-lock brakes work?

Anti-lock brakes essentially keep your wheels from locking up and skidding. When your wheels are rolling, they have more friction, so you have more control over your vehicle. With added friction and no locked up wheels, you’ll stop faster and be able to steer while you brake.

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Speed sensors, valves, a pump, and a controller work together to create the anti-lock braking system. The speed sensors provide information to the controller, an internal computer that sends information to the valves about changes in speed levels and when the brakes are about to lock up.

The valves use this information to determine when to let air through the brake and reduce pressure. The pump does the opposite of the valve’s job. It replaces the pressure the valve let out. By doing this, the parts release and increase pressure as necessary to prevent the wheels from locking and decreasing the friction.

Three Every-Day Habits to Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

We all want what is best for our families and would do anything to keep our children as safe as possible on the road. Establishing good safety habits in the car now will encourage responsible behavior for years to come. Here are three important in-car safety habits to establish now to keep your kids safe in the car:

  1. Get the right car seat. Make sure each of your children are being secured into the correct car seat based on their age, height, and your state’s laws. We recommend keeping your children in their respective car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight restrictions before graduating them to the next seat. Make sure they are always buckled in correctly and that all straps are snug and not twisted.
  2. Assume loose objects are projectiles. We don’t usually give too much thought to the items in our car, but just like in an airplane, loose items should be secured while driving. In the event of an accident, loose items become flying objects that can cause serious injury or even death. At a minimum, heavy, blunt, and potentially sharp objects should be secured in the trunk, glovebox, or center console.
  3. Teach car safety. Rollover deaths, trunk/car entrapment, and back-over deaths can all be avoided by teaching your children to never play in or around any vehicles. Becoming locked in a car on a hot day could prove deadly. It’s also imperative that caretakers never leave children in a hot car for any period of time.

To learn more about ways to keep your kids safe in the car, visit forbes.com.