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!

Preventative Car Maintenance: The Basics

Preventative Car Maintenance

Taking care of your car starts with preventing problems from growing and occurring in the first place. Fortunately, preventative car maintenance is fairly simple and straightforward. It can also save you a bundle which means there’s hundreds to thousands of reasons to take the proper precautions. Here are a few tips about preventative car maintenance fromus here at Bakersfield Mazda to help get you started.

  • Owner’s Manual – There’s no better guide to your vehicle than the manufacturer-provided owner’s manual! That intimidating booklet contains all the vital information about your car, including a service schedule that you should mark for future reference. Reading up on what service the manufacturer recommends and when it needs to be done is the best way to prevent future problems.
  • Inspection – Performing a full inspection on a monthly basis can help you spot any growing problems and react accordingly. Look at the tires and check the air pressure. Listen for any odd sounds. Make sure the lights work. It never hurts to walk around the car with your eyes peeled for scratches, dings, and dents!
  • Windshield Wipers – Keeping a clear windshield is incredibly important for safety reasons. That’s why you should switch out your windshield wipers every six months or so. A new set is pretty cheap and the owner’s manual will give you a guide on how to install them.

If you want to learn more about preventative car maintainance, just contact us at Bakersfield Mazda!

Mazda CX-5 Design and Technology Gets Upgrades for 2017 Model Year

The new Mazda CX-5 is back, with an innovative new design and some high-tech gadgets. This model is renowned for its bold and sporty styling, as well as its capable powertrain and comfortable interior. However, the new 2017 model year is getting some exciting upgrades that you won’t want to miss. Read on to see what’s new for the 2017 CX-5.

Mazda CX-5 design and technology upgrades begin with the new looks. According to CarScoops, the exterior is getting some slight, yet noticeable changes. This includes a more refined look, with sharper contours, and distinct lighting. It also gets an additional 10mm in width—for improved stability and a more athletic look—as well as a new grille. The A-pillars have been pushed back by 35mm, and a redesigned roofline is truly inspired.

In terms of technology, the new CX-5 is getting things like a 7-inch display on top of the dash—a look inspired by Mercedes-Benz—and an available Bose premium sound system. You also get the Mazda Connect system with smartphone integration, letting you easily access apps, music, media, and more.

Finally, the CX-5 is more convenient than ever thanks to some intelligent safety systems. These include things like Mazda Radar Cruise Control, which lets you set a distance as well as a speed so you don’t have to turn cruise on and off for slow cars on the highway. A torque vectoring system improved performance based on steering inputs, and available Traffic Sign Recognition can actually read road and safety signs to give you info. Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we can’t wait to see the new Mazda CX-5 in action.

 

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions: Tips and Tricks

Believe it or not, only about 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions actually succeed. We’ve put together a list of possible resolutions and some tips for succeeding to keep in mind as we near the new year. Keeping New Year’s resolutions isn’t easy, but they are often worth it in the long run.

Happy New Year 2017 - Bakersfield, CALooking for some resolutions? To begin with, consider being the safest driver possible. If you tend to text and drive, try to quit. If you make rolling stops or speed, these are habits to avoid. Or, if you fail to buckle up all the time, be sure to click it next time you get behind the wheel. Other popular (non-car related) resolutions include quitting smoking, quitting junk food, and exercising more, among other things.

According to Forbes, the best way to keep your resolution is to clearly define your goals. Instead of saying “I’ll get in shape this year,” try to be more specific. For instance, say that you’ll stop eating ice cream or that you’ll quit smoking. This not only helps you get serious, but it can break up larger goals to make them more manageable.

Next, track progress. Though not everything is measurable, you can track certain things. Obvious examples of progress to track are weight loss or days without an alcoholic drink. However, if your resolution is to be friendlier, try to develop a metric to help you see how much progress you’re actually making.

Finally, drop the “all or nothing” attitude. Slip-ups happen—the key to success is patience. It’s helpful to make resolutions with family or friends, creating a network of support. If, for instance, you want to stop texting and driving, let your friends know when you slip up. This extra support will help to harden your resolve. These are just some of many tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions to keep in mind.

New Year’s Driving Tips: Don’t Drink and Drive

Celebrating on New Years Eve - Bakersfield, CANew Year’s is right around the corner, one of the biggest celebrations of the holiday season. However, it is also considered one of the most dangerous holidays, largely because of bad weather conditions and drunk drivers. More than 95 million Americans are set to be on the road this holiday season, and almost half of the car accidents on New Year’s Eve and Day are due to impaired driving. Read on to learn New Year’s driving tips.

First and foremost, don’t drink and drive. You’ve heard it a thousand times, but even if you have one drink, make sure you have a ride home. According to the Huffington Post, Alcohol is directly linked to 42 percent of traffic deaths in the US, and that number surges during the holiday season. That’s because alcohol slows brain activity, reducing reaction time and increasing the likelihood that you’ll fall asleep behind the wheel. If possible, get a designated driver, and suggest a rotating calendar (switch DDs every year so no one is forced to do it all the time).

Next, if you are driving home, be sure to watch for other drivers. Look for signs like swerving, speeding, and slamming on the brakes. If you notice someone may be intoxicated, slow down, pull to the side of the road, and call the police. If you are giving a ride to others, make sure to set ground rules to make sure you’re not distracted.

Finally, don’t fall for myths. For instance, coffee does not sober you up. Though you might feel energetic briefly, this is simply the result of caffeine. The only cure for intoxication is time—you simply have to wait until the alcohol leaves your system. For most, one drink takes at least an hour to break down (one beer, one shot, or one glass of wine). However, these rates really vary depending on your muscle mass. To play it safe, if alcohol touches your lips, plan on getting a ride. If the worst comes to worst, call a taxi or Uber home.

Bakersfield Mazda wishes everyone a very SAFE and fun New Years!