How to Keep Your Car Cool in the Summer Heat

Stumped on how to keep your car cool after baking under the hot summer sun all day? We at Bakersfield Mazda have a few tips.

 

Park in the shade

If there’s a parking garage or a shaded area where you’re going, try to find a spot where you can park where the sun won’t hit your car directly. Even if outside temperatures are still hot, it won’t heat up the interior as much.

Use a sunshade

You can hide your cabin from the sun in all other instances where you can’t just park in a garage or under some trees with a protective covering like a sunshade.

Crack your windows

Part of what makes getting into your car on a sunny day so unbearable is the fact that sunlight heats up the air inside the car, which then can’t escape. Cracking the windows allows the interior to ventilate.

Cover your seats and steering wheel

Do you have vinyl or leather seats? What about a black steering wheel? Protect yourself from hot surfaces in your car by tossing a towel or blanket over them before you get out of your car.

Run the air conditioner before getting in

If your car is still too hot inside after trying all of the above, open all the doors and blast the air conditioning for a few minutes until it’s tolerable.

 

Keep your car cool with this helpful advice so you don’t sweat all the way home in the summertime!

New Mazda CX-9 Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating

Mazda has always been a name associated with affordable quality and reliable innovation. For the 2017 model year, Mazda engineers went back to the drawing board to improve the 2017 CX-9 model year over its predecessor – and succeeded. The new Mazda CX-9 for 2017 earned the highest-possible safety rating from the IIHS, resulting in the Top Safety Pick+ title.

In recent years, in order to adapt to swiftly changing technology, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has been gradually changing qualifications for the title in order to make them stricter. For 2017, not only do vehicles that take home the Top Safety Pick+ title have to earn top marks in every single crash category, but they also have to be equipped with front crash prevention technology. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 made changes to how its side-curtain airbags deployed, allowing them to more effectively protect passengers in the crossover.

The new Mazda CX-9 not only represents a continuation of the brand’s commitment to quality, innovation, and excellence but also family-friendly safety. If you’re looking for a spacious, three-row crossover that will keep your family secure, come to Bakersfield Mazda and we can show you our inventory of the new Mazda CX-9 today.

Take Your Mazda CX-5 to a Fourth of July Beach Celebration

Independence Day is coming up, and we can’t wait for the celebrations to start! California is the perfect place for a Fourth of July beach bash, so even if you’re inland like we are here at Bakersfield Mazda, hop in your Mazda CX-5 and drive a couple hours west to the beach!

The Mazda CX-5 is the perfect vehicle for taking a beachy daytrip. The Mazda CX-5 is spacious and comfortable and has plenty of cargo space in the back, so you can load your kids or your best friends in the backseat and still have plenty of room for all your beach necessities.

It’s small, though, which makes parking easier—and you’ll definitely want that on July 4th, when parking near the beach is going to be totally parked up. And another great thing about the Mazda CX-5’s small size—it’s one of the most fuel-efficient cars around, also thanks to Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, so you won’t have to stop for gas much or break the bank getting to the beach!

The Mazda CX-5 is also packed with great technologies and safety features, so not only can you relax and enjoy the drive with the Mazda CX-5’s abundant driver assist features—you can also use the color touchscreen to use various music streaming apps and even access your phone.

If you’re interested in the Mazda CX-5, give us a call or stop by Bakersfield Mazda today!

Redesigned 2017 Mazda CX-5 Ready To Take On The Road

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 has been redesigned to offer more features and an even better engine for only a marginal price increase. Aimed at buyers looking for a more premium vehicle than the standard subcompact crossover, the Mazda CX-5 has been loaded with standard equipment it didn’t have in 2016.

While the 2016 model came with a manual transmission and an adequate engine, the 2017 model comes with a more-powerful I4 and an automatic transmission. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 also has standard LED headlights, a 7.0-inch color touchscreen, Smart City Brake Support—in addition to the features that were standard on the 2016 model, like keyless entry, push-button start, and cruise control.

Inside, higher trim levels will get you exciting additional features like auto-leveling headlights, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and proximity-key entry. You’ll also get rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring, and you can opt for the i-Activsense® bundle for a whole package of active safety features. The highest Grand Touring trim gets you automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and even more driver assist tech.

The redesigned Mazda CX-5 is the most advanced and fun to drive model yet, so don’t miss out on it! For more info on Mazda’s subcompact crossover give us a call or stop by to see us here at Bakersfield Mazda today.

Mazda Crossovers: The New Face of Family Cars

red 2017 Mazda CX-5 - Mazda crossovers as family cars

For the longest time, minivans were considered to be the face of family cars. However, that landscape is changing, and Mazda has everything to do with that. Crossovers are fast becoming the new family car, and Mazda is at the forefront of this charge. Explore the Mazda crossovers today to see what makes them so great.

One of the primary benefits to driving a Mazda crossover is that the gas mileage is significantly better than other options for families. Take, for example, the 2017 Mazda CX-5. The new Mazda CX-5 gets an impressive EPA-estimated 31 MPG on the highway, which makes it great both for commutes as well as longer road trips.

In addition to excellent efficiency, the CX-5 also features plenty of space for people with families. The CX-5 was designed with passengers in mind, which is why it features more than enough room for entry and exit, available heated rear seats, rear air conditioning vents, and USB ports in both the front and the rear of the car.

As far as family vehicles are concerned, there’s no need to look any further than the Mazda crossovers. Come down to Bakersfield Mazda to look through your options. Your family will thank you.

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.

Mazda’s Ideal Driving Environment

As we continue making progress in the automotive industry, more and more automakers are moving toward creating a safer driving environment. With its 2017 line of vehicles, Mazda has essentially created the standard for all other vehicles. Here is what makes the Mazda driving environment the ideal driving environment.

Mazda’s Ideal Driving Environment

Driving Position and Pedal Layout

Mazda began creating the perfect driving environment with its driving position and pedal layout. The first step was creating an environment in which the driver can move naturally and without restriction. This was followed by creating a safe line of sight and control placement that is easy to use and access.

Improved Visibility

Mazda then recognized that many people had trouble with their line of sight in other vehicles. That’s why Mazda positioned the A-pillar further rearward than most other vehicles. This provides drivers with a wider field of visibility.

Organ-Type Accelerator Pedal

Lastly, Mazda created the organ-type accelerator pedal. This keeps the driver’s heel on the floor of the car, and the driver’s foot and pedal follows the same trajectory.

To see more of how Mazda created the ideal driving environment, feel free to come down to Bakersfield Mazda. We’d love to show you these features in some of our new models!

Have a Fun Easter in Bakersfield, California!

As we move into the spring season, Easter is just around the corner. As one of the most fun holidays for the family, everyone wants to create an Easter holiday that the kids will remember forever. That’s why we’ve put together this article for what to do for Easter in Bakersfield, California.

 

Bakersfield Easter Egg Hunt

For an experience that is both memorable and free, look no further than the Bakersfield Easter Egg Hunt. Held on April 15th, 2017 from 10:30am-12:00pm, there will be over 5,000 eggs to hunt for children between ages 2-12. It will be located at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center at 1000 S. Owens.

 

Easter at Home

In addition to the community event, you’ll more than likely plan some fun activities at your own home as well. While these activities are great, the clean up can be a bit of a mess.

If you find yourself with fake grass littered all across your home, it’s actually a quick and simple cleanup. All that you need to do is take a lint roller and run it across all the surfaces in your home.

All of us here at Bakersfield Mazda hope that you have a wonderful Easter in Bakersfield, California!

Easter in Bakersfield, CA

Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Explained

Although it’s one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, how much do you actually know about St. Patrick’s Day traditions? The history runs deep, and it’s very interesting. Here are a few of the more popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions explained.

 

St. Patrick The Man

Who was he? Many falsely believe that St. Patrick was from Ireland. In fact, St. Patrick was a British nobleman that was enslaved by the Irish. Upon receiving his freedom, St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary.

 

The Food

Although corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular meals to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this tradition is more American than Irish. Irish immigrants in the 19th century were mostly poor and corned beef and cabbage was one of the cheapest meals.

 

The Beer

Although Guinness is a fairly popular beer in the United States (we drink about 600,000 pints of it per day), that number jumps to an astronomical 3 million pints of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. Support Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Now that you know a bit more about the St. Patrick’s Day traditions, get out and celebrate! Be safe, and enjoy the holiday.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Rolls into Dealerships

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was a hit with consumers of all ages and backgrounds. Now, with the 2017 model rolling into showrooms, the legendary, award-winning roadster is ready to make waves once more. There’s no reason to make changes to perfection which is why the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives mostly unchanged for the model year.

The 2016 model took home both the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards, the only vehicle to ever do so. The base MSRP holds steady at just under $25,000, a bargain for this incredible roadster.

There isn’t much to say when it comes to changes. Drivers can choose from the Sport, Grand Touring, and Club trims. Mazda aimed to offer three different vehicles to appeal to different types of drivers.

The MX-5 Miata Sport shows off its original formula that first debuted in 1990. The Club trim boasts red stitching and a performance-driven exterior design, suspension, and brakes. The Grand Touring trim is the definition of luxury with three-stage heated seats, automatic climate control, and more.

The only major change for the 2017 model year comes in the form of Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Both safety technologies come standard on the Club trim.

We here at Bakersfield Mazda are ecstatic that the new MX-5 Miata roadster will be here soon!