Mazda: Top Pick for Teen Drivers

2017 Mazda3 - Mazda named top pick for teen drivers

Teenagers are the age group that people tend to worry about the most when talking about drivers. That’s why many parents want the safest car possible for their child when they start driving. According to a recent survey, those parents should consider getting their teen drivers into a Mazda. Here’s why.

According to a recent survey taken by Consumer Reports, which took into account things like price, safety features, and track record, Mazda was found to be one of the safest brands of car that a teen driver can have.

Specifically, the survey found that the Mazda CX-3 is among the best cars that a teenager can drive. Dubbed ‘fun, but not fast’, the Mazda CX-3 is the perfect car for a teen.

Although not a luxury vehicle, this mini SUV is most certainly one of the best looking vehicles in its class. Its sleek, modern look is perfect for a teenager who cares about that type of thing. In addition, it also has key safety features like blind spot monitoring, cruise control, emergency braking systems, and forward collision warnings.

If you would like to learn more about what makes Mazda vehicles so great for teen drivers, feel free to come down to Bakersfield Mazda to see what all we have to offer.

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.

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.

The Edmunds.com 2015 Most Popular Award Goes to Three Different Mazdas

Soaring ahead of the competition, three new Mazda’s were given the Edmunds.com 2015 Most Popular award.  With stylish new design and state-of-the-art technology in every model, it’s no wonder Mazda dominated the judging.

According to Mazda, the Mazda3 won the Compact Car category, the CX-5 won the Compact Crossover SUV category, and the CX-9 won the Large Crossover SUV segment. The 2015 Most Popular award was based on the vehicles which received the most car-shopper consideration from January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014.

So why were these three Mazdas so popular? Both the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the 2015 Mazda3 are equipped with Skyactiv Technology which allows these two models to achieve among the best fuel economy and unique driving dynamics compared to other cars. The Mazda CX-9 features a refined interior, tons of power, and agile handling all while having enough seating for seven.

With all of this in mind, in comes as no surprise that shoppers considered Mazda more than any other automaker in these categories. Try out the CX-5 and Mazda3 for yourself here at Bakersfield Mazda.

ALG Determines the 2015 Mazda 3 Pricing is a Knock-Out

The Mazda 3 is on a roll! For two years now, the compact car has won the ALG Residual Value Award. Though it’s no mystery to us here at Bakersfield Mazda, Torque News breaks down the reasons why.

Mazda did not reinvent the wheel to win a second year in a row, though it may have reinvented the deal. ALG’s President Larry Dominique explained Mazda’s award-winning strategy: “Mazda kept the 2015 pricing flat on the Mazda3, allowing it to remain one of the best values in the Compact segment.”

2015 Mazda3 pricing

2015 Mazda3, priced affordably at Bakersfield Mazda!

It’s not just 2015 Mazda 3 pricing that did it; it’s the undeniable quality of the Mazda 3 that also factors in. Torque News put it succinctly when it said, “The Mazda3 blends value, safety, and sportiness.”

ALG is the industry benchmark for evaluating the value of automobiles. For the Residual Value Award, ALG looks at a variety of factors such as “vehicle quality, production volume, and overall price and value.” Ultimately, the firm looks at how the value of vehicles will stand the test of time.

Mazda Earns Recognition for Most Improved Non-Premium Brand in APEAL Study

In the recent 2014 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study, Mazda was the most improved non-premium brand. The Mazda brand improved seven positions over last year’s study and came in 9th place this year with 790 points.

“One of the main principles in our DNA is ‘Kaizen,’ which is a Japanese term that means ‘continuous improvement through wisdom and ingenuity,’” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda, in a statement. “Mazda’s improvement in this year’s 2014 J.D. Power APEAL study shows that our continued focus on improving vehicles through ongoing evaluations and customer feedback is changing their opinion of the brand, and for the better. Customers are more satisfied with their new Mazda than ever before.”

2014 Mazda6

In addition to being the most improved non-premium brand, the 2014 Mazda6 had the highest score, 821 points, in the Midsize Car segment, scoring 21 points higher than the segment average. Other Mazda cars also performed well in the study, including the 2014 Mazda3, which scored 17 points above the Compact Car average and the 2014 Mazda CX-5, which was ranked fourth out of 13 in the Compact SUV category.

Come check out any of these high-scoring Mazda vehicles available today at Bakersfield Mazda.

2014 Mazda3 Included in Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List

For the third year in a row, Mazda is recognized in Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List. This year, it is for the 2014 Mazda3, which was completely redesigned for its third generation.

Mazda says the new interior was crafted to be driver-centric and “on honing the human-machine interface (HMI) into an instinctively ergonomic and functional part of the cockpit to create a driving experience that is intuitive, seamless, and safer.”

Check out the beautiful interior for yourself.

Inside, passengers will be met with a premium interior design that evokes a luxury feel with quality materials. There is also a host of new technology features. All of these aspects combined, make the Mazda3 sporty, comfortable, upscale, and sophisticated.

In addition to the award-winning interior, the Mazda3 uses Mazda’s fuel-saving SKYACTIV® technology, including engines and lightweight materials.

If you’re looking for something that pleases both your sense of practicality and adventure, the 2014 Mazda3 is the car for you. Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we have the Mazda3 available now. Come take one out for a drive to see how comfortable you feel behind the wheel.

Thankful for Our Mazda Awards and Accomplishments

‘Tis the season to be thankful. And at Bakersfield Mazda, we have oh so many reasons. Here is just a sampling of our many Mazda Awards, highlights and successes so far in 2013.

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Lauren of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is happily cruising in her new 2013 Mazda3. With her purchase a few weeks ago, she became the proud owner of both her first new car and Mazda’s 10 millionth vehicle sold in the U.S. It was a momentous day neither she nor we will forget.

Mazda’s 2014 Mazda6 received an “Advanced” safety score, the highest rating in new tests administered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Mazda’s new i-ActivSense driver-assistance technology secured Mazda’s top 20 finish among a test class of 74 vehicles.

Of course, we’re excited about the new Mazdas models we have to offer you, but we always enjoy looking back at some of our older, trusty models as well. Two celebrities are holding tight to their Mazdas with history. Alfred Morris, starting running back for the Washington Redskins still drives his 1991 Mazda 626, although it recently underwent a reconstructive surgery. Down-to-earth Game of Thrones writer, George R. R. Martin, prefers his Mazda RX-7.

As we reflect during this Thanksgiving month, we can’t help but be grateful for a successful year. With two months left, we can’t wait to see what other accomplishments we’ll be able to add to the list before 2014.