The Dangers of Texting While Driving

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, yet many of us continue to do it. July is recognized as National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, so be courteous to your fellow drivers by not texting and driving. And, just to drive the point home, here are a few deadly statistics about texting and driving.

texting while driving

  • 660,000. This is the number of drivers in the United States who are using their phones while driving at any given time during daylight hours.
  • 60%. The percentage of drivers who use their phones in any capacity while driving.
  • 88%. The percentage of young Americans who fear other drivers—this number is higher than the fear of public speaking, death, spiders, and snakes.
  • 5 seconds. How long your eyes are off the road while sending a texting—this translates to the length of a football field when driving 55 mph.
  • The number of people killed every day in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
  • You are three times more likely to get into an accident if you text while driving.

If you or someone you know has problems with texting and driving, consider turning your car into a phone-free zone. Put your phone and everyone else’s into the glove compartment or other storage bin where it is out of reach. Also try turning your phone off so you aren’t distracted by any notifications.

What methods do you use to avoid texting while driving?

2016 Mazda CX-3 Pricing Announced

Mazda has essentially created a brand new car segment with the all-new CX-3. This subcompact crossover is perfect for the city as well as hitting the open road. Now, as we approach its release date in August, Mazda has announced the 2016 CX-3 pricing.

The CX-3 will have a starting price of only $19,960 when equipped with front-wheel drive. For added stability, you can choose the CX-3 Sport model with Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive to provide maximum performance and stability for an added $1,250.

“We wanted to send a strong statement that new buyers, early adopters, empty-nesters and right-sizers can get everything they want in a crossover that fits their needs,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO, in a statement. “CX-3 offers the same technologies and thrilling driving experience seen across the rest of Mazda’s award-winning lineup that we believe will be a great gateway to the Mazda brand.”

Standard features on the CX-3 include a SKYACTIV 2.0-liter engine that will deliver an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway. You’ll also get a standard Mazda Connect seven-inch color touchscreen infotainment system that helps you stay connected.

Try Something New: Great Side Dishes for Cookouts

side dishes for cookouts

Food is almost always more delicious when cooked on a grill, which is why we love the summer. We all have our cookout favorites, like the traditional hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak, but if you want to take your cookout to the next level, here are some new options for side dishes for cookouts:

  • Asparagus and Tomato Skewers. Put cherry tomatoes on a skewer and put them on the grill alongside some asparagus. Dip them in honey mustard for a smoky, sweet flavor.
  • Garden Pasta Salad. This simple dish will add a rainbow of color to your plate. With only 10 minutes of prep time, it’s an easy addition to your picnic.
  • Bacon and Egg Potato Salad. This side might make you think you’re eating breakfast with crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and a creamy dressing.
  • Sweet Corn Pudding. This creamy casserole uses corn freshly cut from the cob. Add heavy cream and cheese for a delightful dish.
  • Sausage and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes. With so much goodness stuffed inside these summer-ripe tomatoes, you might not have much room left for that second cheeseburger.

Do you have any favorite side dishes for cookouts? Share them with Bakersfield Mazda below!

Mazda MX-5 Miata Reigns Supreme in J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey

For the sixth year in a row, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has taken home the top spot in its segment in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey. This is the last year for the third-generation Miata and great close for the 2015 model.

J.D. Power Initial Quality

2015 Mazda MX-5 recently took home a sixth J.D. Power Initial Quality Award

“This marks a great bookend for our third-generation MX-5 ahead of welcoming in the all-new 2016 model,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president of operations for Mazda North American Operations, in a statement. “Enthusiasts the world over have fallen in love with MX-5 for more than 25 years because of its performance, reliability, ease of use and, most of all, the smile it puts on the face of everyone who drives one. We expect that to continue into the next generation of our flagship roadster.”

In the study, J.D. Power surveyed more than 86,000 new car owners and lessees who took home a 2015 model year vehicle. The respondents reported any issues they encountered within the first 90 days of ownership.

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata claimed the overall top spot in the “Compact Sporty Car” segment. The third-generation model has earned this honor in all but one year since 2006.

Looking towards the future, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be available this month at Bakersfield Mazda.

MX-5 Showdown Pits 90s Miata Against 2015 Model

This history of the Mazda MX-5 is something we here at Bakersfield Mazda greatly respect. 25 years ago, Mazda set out to produce a sporty compact car that was affordable for the masses, but offered the thrill of a much more expensive vehicle. While that was no easy undertaking, almost every automotive expert in the world agrees that they’ve been the most successful at doing it and then keeping that spirit alive even in the newest model, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata (MkIV).

To prove this point more completely than an expert review can, Mazda UK took both the 1990 MX-5 Miata and 2015 MX-5 Miata to the Circuit De Calafat in Catalonia, Spain for an MX-5 showdown. They put expert endurance drivers in both models to eliminate some more variables and then they gave the 1990 model a four-second head start to make it a more fair fight. Since technological advancements alone in the last 25 years would easily make the 2015 MX-5 Miata the victor. Watch the MX-5 Showdown below and see for yourself who wins.

While we can’t test the 1990 model of the MX-5 Miata for ourselves, we would be more than happy to go on a test drive in a new 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata with you any time!

2016 Mazda CX-5 Continues to Rule the CUV Class

The compact crossover segment might be one of the most popular segments in the world right now, but all the newcomers to the segment are simply late to the Mazda CX-5’s party. The 2016 model of the popular SUV debuted this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the new model definitely increases the nameplate’s lead over the rest of the segment.

2016 Mazda CX-5

The 2016 Mazda CX-5, of course, remains stylistically excellent, thanks to the KODO – Soul of Motion design language that pervades the whole Mazda lineup. The CX-5’s sculpted, shapely exterior makes even better use of that design aesthetic than most models. On top of the design, The CX-5 also comes with tons of features and the Skyactiv Technology engine design that makes Mazda vehicles the zippiest, most efficient vehicles on the road.

In fact, the new CX-5 gets up to 33 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive design and up to 35 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission. With safety features like the Smart City Brake Support on the Grand Touring Tech Package, you’ll be both safe and in style every time you’re behind the wheel of the new CX-5. Come see us here at Bakersfield Mazda to learn more about this powerful little SUV.

A Recent Refresh Helps the Mazda6 Make Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List For 2015

Long gone are the days when a vehicle’s interior consisted of a bench seat more like a wooden pew, an analog radio broadcasting static on every channel, and a temperamental fuel gauge. Interiors have come a long way in terms of comfort and viability as automakers discovered better ways for humans to interact with their machines.

The 2016 Mazda6 is highly exemplary of this engineering progress. The automotive press seem to agree. The sedan from Mazda made Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.

The latest generation of the Mazda6 launched in 2014. For 2016, the Mazda6 received some dramatic “interior upgrades,” according to Tom Murphy, editor for Ward’s Auto World magazine. Those interior enhancements included a “center console and instrument panel that have been expertly redesigned to incorporate a new display screen and human-machine interface that works wonderfully.”

But that wasn’t all. Mazda also improved the front and rear seats and engineered the interior to be even quieter than before.

Derek Jenkins, director of design for Mazda North America Operations, explains the kind of goals Mazda has in mind when it comes to interior design. “To create an environment that spoils its driver and passengers and provides a rewarding experience for the driver.” Those are exactly the kind of goals that placed the 2016 Mazda6 on Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.

2016 MX-5 Miata Is on Its Way (Almost) with Greater Fuel Efficiency

As we wait for the arrival of the 2016 MX-5 Miata, we have more good news to share about the all-new roadster. Equipped with Mazda’s expertly engineered SKYACTIV Technology, the car looks great as it zips by the previous manual transmission model with 25% greater fuel efficiency.

2016 MX-5 Miata

The MX-5 comes standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine and SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission for an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon, combined — 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Outfitted with the available automatic transmission, the MX-5 kicks up its highway efficiency to 36 mpg.

“SKYACTIV Technology is more than a catchphrase for Mazda; it’s a total effort to increase efficiency, improve performance, safety and technology and instill each Mazda vehicle with a directness and responsiveness that’s unmatched in the segments in which our vehicles compete,” said president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, Jim O’Sullivan. “The 2016 MX-5 shows that a sports car can hit all targets today’s buyers want.”

As part of Mazda’s incorporation of the SKYACTIV Technology, the automaker used its “Gram Strategy” to shed 150 pounds from 2016 MX-5, while increasing the strength and safety of the vehicle.

Production for the 2016 MX-5 Miata began on April 20, so it won’t be long now before we finally get a chance to see the all-new model up close and personal. Stay tuned for news of its arrival. We at Bakersfield Mazda are pretty sure you’ll want to come visit us.

Mazda Bike Concept and Couch Revealed

Typically, many of the design concepts that stem from the Mazda Motor Corporation have a four-cylinder engine carried by four wheels that can “zoom zoom” to anywhere you want to go. That is, until now. Recently revealed on the eve of the, “Mazda Design: The Car as Art” in Milan, Italy, the car company revealed two new design concepts: a bicycle and a sofa.

Stemming from Mazda’s “KODO – Soul of Motion” design philosophy – that design is a method of creating an emotional bond between car and driver, the two non-automobile design concepts contain the flowing lines of the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-9 intended to emulate the appearance of motion even though the objects are at rest.

The Mazda bike concept, called “Bike by KODO concept,” is made from a single sheet of steel with a red crossbar and black leather seat accented by the same red thread and stitch pattern from the interior of the Mazda MX-5.

The “Sofa by KODO” also reflects the simple design elegance found in the bike concept made from a polished aluminum frame with a hint of red along the middle. According to the Mazda press release, the couch “evokes the strong stance common to all of Mazda’s new-generation vehicles.”

Be sure to come visit us at Bakersfield Mazda, and fall in love with the design that Mazda imbues into all of its fleet.

In a Beauty Contest, Mazda Would Win: The KBB Best Car Styling Award

The new Mazda lineup looks fantastic – but don’t just take our word for it here at Bakersfield Mazda. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) recently awarded the automaker the Brand Image Award for “Best Car Styling.” Mazda’s Soul of Motion design has been officially recognized for is unique style and innovative aesthetics.

KBB Best Car Styling

The reasoning behind giving Mazda the KBB Best Car Styling Award is especially clear with the 2016 Mazda CX-5.

So what exactly is Soul of Motion design? This concept is inspired by the movement of animals and embodies power, dexterity, and vitality, according to Mazda. New models are made to be sleek, efficient, and chocked full of power.

“Mazda has spent many years exploring the concept of ‘motion,’ offering customers designs that are exciting both to view and to drive,” said Ikuo Maeda, the head of Mazda’s Design Division. Mazda has pursued the concept of more athletic and sporty motion, and has adopted dynamic designs for all Mazda models.”

The KBB Best Car Styling award reflects Mazda’s commitment to driver enjoyment and efficiency. Every new model is designed with precision and power in mind, not to mention beautiful contours.