Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Avoid Traffic and Stress

Thanksgiving Travel Tips - Bakersfield, CA

Traveling for Thanksgiving can be a hectic undertaking, to say the least. From packing, avoiding traffic, and showing up on time for dinner, there’s a lot that goes into hitting the road for this holiday. Save yourself the stress this year and follow these Thanksgiving travel tips from Bakersfield Mazda.

 

Plan Alternate Route

Millions of Americans travel for Thanksgiving, so you should expect the unexpected. Be ready for unusually high traffic by planning an alternate route. Remember that driving a few extra miles will get you there faster than standing still in traffic for hours.

Connected Navigation

Avoiding traffic is nearly impossible without a connected infotainment system with great navigation capabilities. Make sure your smartphone is charged and rely on an advanced system such as MAZDA CONNECT™ to keep you on track in unpredictable driving conditions.

Leave at an odd hour

You can be sure that most Thanksgiving drivers are going to hit the road sometime in the afternoon. This traffic onslaught invariably leads to massive delays on the road. Instead, consider resting during the day and driving through the night.

 

Traveling long distances can put a lot of strain on your car and everyone along for the ride. The newest Mazda lineup achieved incredible fuel efficiency and offers plenty of cargo space and technology features to keep everyone comfortable and happy. Stop by Bakersfield Mazda today and discover how great your next road trip could be.

The California Road Trip of a Lifetime

Road Trip of a Lifetime

Boasting superior performance, versatility, and safety, the 2018 Mazda3 5-door is the perfect car for your California dream-trip.  With plenty of room and great fuel efficiency, the Mazda3 5-door leaves no excuses for going another year without taking advantage of all that California has to offer.

 

But with so much to see, from southern beaches to northern forests, how do you narrow down your choices? Of course, exactly where you end up when you get behind the wheel is up to you, but here are some destinations that are sure to leave you inspired.

 

Redwood National and State Parks

 

This is a must-see destination for any California road-tripper. Located in the northern part of the state, you can drive along Newton B. Drury Parkway to witness incredible wildlife and look up at some of the tallest trees on the planet.

 

Big Sur and Pfeiffer State Beach

 

Big Sur, about 25 miles south of Monterey, has inspired many influential artists, such as Jack Kerouac. The area includes one of the world’s most unique beaches: Pfeiffer State Beach. For anyone driving in the southern part of the state, the purple sand and azure waters of this stunning destination shouldn’t be missed.

 

Bodega Bay

 

No California road trip would be complete without passing through a picturesque coastal town, and Bodega Bay can’t be beat. After driving along the coast and taking in some of the most magnificent ocean views the state has to offer, Bodega Bay’s restful feel makes it a perfect destination for those looking to get away.

 

Mendocino

 

Finally, for those looking for a destination that offers incredible art, dining, and architecture, Mendocino is the perfect stopping point. Spend a day or two taking in the charming town’s stunning scenery and pop into some of its renown art galleries. And if you need a recharge, book a stay at one of the towns many B&Bs.

 

California offers so much that deciding where to go can be daunting, but all of these destinations are sure to create memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

2018 Mazda3: More Comes Standard in Updated Models

 

Mazda3The Mazda3 sedan and hatchback—already popular amongst compact car fans—add more standard features than ever before across the full range for the 2018 model year. Better yet, they do it without raising the price of the Grand Touring models, and barely nudging the Sport and Touring lines.

New for all 2018 Mazda3 models is the standard low-speed front collision system with automated emergency braking. This new safety feature alone indicates a significant upgrade to all Mazda3 models. This is, of course, on top of already-standard features such as the 7-inch infotainment screen, push-button start, and Bluetooth® technology.

Perhaps the most exciting update to the new 2018 Mazda3 is that all Touring models now come standard with the 184 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which previously was an optional upgrade for an additional cost. Add this to features such as standard blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a new dark silver alloy wheel color, and the result is a safety and performance at a value that’s hard to beat.

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring sedans and hatchbacks come with upgraded standard features without any price increase from the previous year’s models. In addition to everything listed as standard or optional for other trim levels, the 2018 Grand Touring sedan and hatchback offer all-new self-leveling LED headlights, color head-up display, and leather seats.

There are a lot of options to choose from in the compact car category, but the updated 2018 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback models rise above the rest by offering impressive upgrades from the previous year without the kind of price increase you’d expect. Don’t just take our word for it though, come by Bakersfield Mazda to test drive one today.

2019 Mazda RX-9 Rumors Take the Internet by Storm

2019 Mazda RX-9 Pricing & Features
Enthusiasts have been calling for the return of the Mazda RX-9, and they may just get their wish granted. Rumor has it that a new model of the popular sports car will make its way onto the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show in just a few months. However, the primary sources for the 2019 Mazda RX-9 rumors are Asian websites that are short on details.

Rumors indicate that the 2019 Mazda RX-9 will boast a design based on the RX-Vision concept from 2015. The supposed model would weigh in at under 3,000 lbs. and would make use of the rotary engine design. Mazda’s latest patent indicates that the exhaust ports would come on top of the engine. A turbocharger would also play a major role in delivering more than 400 horsepower.

As for pricing, rumor has it that the 2019 Mazda RX-9 would top the $70,000 marker. That would make it cheaper than competitors like the Nissan GT-R. While the claims regarding the Mazda RX-9 are unsubstantiated, it never hurts to dream!

Hopefully, we’ll see the 2019 Mazda RX-9 put on a stunning display at the Tokyo Motor Show this October.

We here at Bakersfield Mazda hope to see the Mazda RX-9 return to the road one day!

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Fuel Efficiency Tips - 2017 Mazda Lineup

Every driver strives to save money and taking the steps to increase your fuel efficiency is the way to do just that. Here are some fuel efficiency tips from us here at Bakersfield Mazda!

Drive the Speed Limit

Speed limits are a safety precaution recommended by the government, but they also help conserve fuel. Driving 55 mph instead of 70 mph can increase fuel economy by more than five percent! That’s quite a pretty penny in savings over the course of an hour-long drive.

Maintain Your Vehicle

Automotive manufacturers generally recommend maintaining your vehicle to avoid major problems, but there’s another benefit as well. Properly maintaining your vehicle by performing routine oil changes and tire rotations can help improve fuel economy. Fresh oil and a tune up allows the engine to operate at peak performance while tire rotations offer a smoother ride with more traction.

There are plenty of ways to improve your vehicle’s efficiency. Start by checking out the manufacturer-recommended service schedule found in your owner’s manual.

Drive Smarter

Running to the grocery store then returning home only to head out across town once more is a waste of fuel. Combining your trips, such as going to the grocery store, post office, and picking your kids up from school, can help save fuel on a day-to-day basis. Drive smarter by combining your trips to travel fewer miles.

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.

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.