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.

Best Gifts for High School Graduates

As the end of the school year fast approaches, you may be thinking about the soon-to-be high school graduate in your life. Whether this is your own child, a grandchild, niece, nephew, or just a close friend, getting them a graduation gift can be a great way to show them you care and give them a great start in their college career. Here are ten of the best gifts for high school graduates.

  • Car. A car is a great way to send your budding academic into the adult world. And, it will make them an immediate hit with the rest of the freshman class. Come visit us at Bakersfield Mazda and we’ll give you a great deal on a quality used or new car.

Best Value Award

  • Bicycle. If you can’t afford a car, a bicycle is a fantastic alternative to a car. Not only will it get them from point A to point B, but it is a great form of exercise.
  • Gift card. Do a little research and find out what stores are close to where they’ll be headed this fall and get them a gift card. If they’ll be taking a car, a gas card is a great option that is guaranteed to be used.
  • Noise cancelling headphones. These are great for studying in dorms. They cut out all the extra noise and will help your student focus on their work.
  • Laptop. The portability of a laptop is essential for many college students.
  • Luggage. Having a quality suitcase is a great option for students, especially those who “go away” to college and will be travelling frequently.
  • Games. While board games may seem old-school, they are a simple way to create a fun night and possibly make a few new friends.
  • Digital camera. Of course, many people use their smartphones to take pictures, having a quality digital camera may encourage your student to take a few more quality pictures to send home.
  • Alarm clock. Waking up for those 8 AM classes can be quite a challenge, so getting them a reliable alarm clock (instead of just using their phone) may help. Take a look at this rolling alarm clock that only lets you hit the snooze once before it rolls out of reach.
  • Cash. If all else fails, give your graduate some cash. They can always use to buy a book or two for their upcoming classes.

How will you be celebrating the high school graduate in your life?

Mazda Calls North American Facility ‘Most Important’ Base

Despite being a Japanese company, Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi called its new North American facility in Mexico, Mazda’s “most important global strategic base.”

The newly-opened assembly factory in Salamanca, Mexico will have an annual production of 230,000 vehicles when it reaches full capacity. This facility is so important that Yamanouchi even said “the very future of the company hinges” on its success.

North American Facility

The Mazda3 is the only Mazda car being built at the Mexico plant currently

This new plant will allow Mazda to hedge against foreign exchange rates that hurt Japanese exports, tap into new markets, and provide a low-cost manufacturing base. This will be Mazda’s only North American manufacturing site. It previously used a site in Flat Rock, Michigan, but stopped production there in 2012.

Currently, the facility is producing the Mazda3 sedan and employs about 3,000 people. It is expected to reach full capacity by the end of March 2016, and by then, it will also produce the Mazda2 hatchback and a similar model for Toyota.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda we are excited to see Mazda making North America such an important part of the company’s global strategy and hope to see Mazda grow even more.

2014 MAZDA3 Five-Door

2014 Mazda3

Mazda has released its redesigned 2014 MAZDA3. This car is available as either a sedan or five-door hatchback and features a striking new design, a comfortable interior, and a sporty driving feel.

Edmunds.com says the MAZDA3 hatchback “is easily our favorite hatchback in this class.”

Despite being a car designed for those who are relatively economically-minded, the MAZDA3 features an upscale interior that feels luxurious and high-tech. Because of the MAZDA3’s remarkable new technology features, including a vivid seven-inch color touchscreen, Edmunds continues its review by comparing the MAZDA3 to not only to a Mercedes, but to an Audi and BMW, as well.

The 2014 MAZDA3 is available in five trims ranging from the base i Sport model to the top-of-the-line, s Grand Touring trim. There are two engines to choose from. The base engine is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower. A more powerful 184-horsepower 2.5-liter, four-cylinder can get you to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds. Both engines are part of Mazda’s efficiency-boosting SKYACTIV technology.

Want to get your hands on the best-looking hatchback on the market? Come visit us at Bakersfield Mazda and take the 2014 MAZDA3 out for a spin.

Mazda’s Triple Threat Scores Triple the Best Value Awards

There’s a good reason why the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5 have been dubbed Mazda’s “triple threat.” These three models are responsible for over 80 percent of last year’s sales, and they recently received Best Value Awards from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

In Kiplinger’s Annual Car Buyer’s Guide, the company ranks vehicles according to their performance, safety, and overall value including residual pricing and fuel economy.

Best Value Award
Best Value Award

As redesigned models, the 2014 Mazda3 i Sport and Mazda6 i Sport won Best New Car Under $20,000 and Best New Car $20,000 – $25,000, respectively.

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring took home the award for Best in Class – Small Crossover. Best in Class vehicles have been in production for at least a year or are built with a powertrain very similar to the one used in previous model years.

Best Value Awards

“Mazda had a really strong showing this year,” said Jessica Anderson, associate editor at Kiplinger’s.

“Both the Mazda3 and Mazda6 redesigns are fantastic examples of what a carmaker can (and should) do with a mainstream model – they’re engagingly designed, far more upscale than you’d think from their price tags and a blast to drive. And the CX-5 is without a doubt the most fun in the crossover segment. It packs all the safety and space you look for in an SUV but has the soul of a sports car. Zoom-Zoom, indeed.”

Come see us at Bakersfield Mazda and check out what the folks at Kiplinger’s loved about Mazda’s triple threat.

Mazda Launches R.A.C.E. Program in Florida High School

Mazda R.A.C.E. Program in Florida High School

Students get excited about R.A.C.E. program

What if 10th grade science with Mr. Snodgrass had turned into a scientific study of racing with Mazda Motorsports? You probably wouldn’t have struggled so uselessly to stay awake, even if the class was just after lunch. Thanks to Mazda’s Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) program, over 600 students will have the opportunity to experience this engaging twist on learning.

DeLand High School, located in DeLand, Florida, just 25 minutes from the Rolex 24 endurance race, is Mazda’s first destination for the R.A.C.E. program.

Spearheaded by Mazda Motorsports, the program aims to take an inventive approach to introducing students to real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“We are convinced that our R.A.C.E. program will demonstrate to students in an interesting, fun and engaging way how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are central to the success of Mazda on the race track and in the marketplace. Our goal is to show students just one example of how exciting problem solving can be in the STEM arena and motivate them to always be curious and open to the possibilities,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports.

The program, which began Jan. 15, showed students a dynamic presentation detailing the importance of the STEM subjects in motorsports and gave them an up-close look at Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship prototype. Students were also able to interact with professional drivers and engineers.

“Anytime motorsports can be linked to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, it proves to be an attention getting combination,” said DeLand High principal, Mitch Moyer.

We at Bakersfield Mazda know what you’re probably thinking: programs like Mazda’s R.A.C.E. would have saved you from numerous detentions. Why do the younger generations get to have all the fun?