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.

Best Road Trip Games

Road Trip Games

Best road Trip Games

Whether it is a flight, road trip, train trip or even boat trip, travelers are not often excited for the traveling part of a trip. The idea of a long road trip and added driving hours can tend to turn people off. Road trips do not need to be stressful and completely boring. With the right vehicle and road trip games, your trip can be entertaining and a fun drive. Bakersfield Mazda in Bakersfield, CA wants you and your family to have the best road trip possible this summer! We have compiled a list of the Top Ten Road Trip Games so you and your family or friends can have a great time during every part of your vacation.

Top 10 Road Trip Games:

  1. i-Spy: One of the best known car games of all time. Have someone start with “I spy with my little eye…” and give a hint. The first person to guess correctly will pick next.
  2. 20 Questions: Someone picks a person, place or thing and guessers get 20 questions to guess what it is.
  3. Punch Bug Slug: Keep track of how many Volkswagen bugs you see and the first person to see them can tap everyone.
  4. Getting Through the Alphabet: starting with A, utilize letters on signs, billboards, license plates, etc. and the first one to find all of the letters of the alphabet in order will win.
  5. Scavenger Hunt: Put a list together of objects commonly seen in city, rural or suburbs and race to see who can find them all first.
  6. Mystery Song: hum or whistle a tune or television show tune to see who can guess it first
  7. Tunnel Vision: when entering tunnels see who can hold their breath the longest
  8. Geography: Try naming all the states. How many Capitals or Countries can you name? Have someone name a state and someone else name a state or capital that starts with the last letter of the state.
  9. Two Truths and One Lie: Tell two truths and one lie and have people guess what the lie was.
  10. Group Story Telling: Make up a story about the people in the car next to you. Or have someone start the story with a few sentences and then have someone else take over.

Along with great road trip games a great vehicle can also help improve the whole trip experience. Recently, both the CX-5 and Mazda6 were honored at Family Choice Challenge for their family-friendly ways. The overall Top Family Choice Vehicle award went to the Mazda CX-5 for great driving dynamics, comfort, fuel economy, abundant safety features and versatility. Adding another award to its already long list, the Mazda6 earned the Best Green Family Choice Vehicle.  By combining these games with one of these vehicles, you are sure to have a successful road trip!

Mazda3 earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Mazda3 has been announced as the recipient of the IIHS Top Saefty Pick for the 2013 year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s roads. This honor is only awarded to vehicles that achieve top marks in all categories which include frontal crash tests, restraints testing, and an injury measure. The only category that the 2013 Mazda3 was awarded less than a GOOD was in the right foot injury test, it was still awarded an ACCEPTABLE status.

This now marks the second year in a row that the Mazda3 has received this award. Mazda‘s safety technologies such as the SkyActiv-Body and SkyActiv-Chassis, six-airbags, and much more have aided in the award being received. The Mazda3 joins 117 other vehicles which also include Mazda’s CX-5, in the top marked IIHS Top Safety Rating.

Mazda rumored to create a small crossover called CX-3

A big rumor over the ensuing weekend by AutoExpress was that Mazda is in the works to create a smaller crossover, to fill a market void called the Mazda CX-3. The small crossover would be based off of the Mazda2 platform and would be due to arrive sometime early in 2014. It would likely use the patented Mazda SKYACTIV Technology, helping keep the weight low, and the MPG high.

It is likely that the CX-3 will try to model its driving characteristics off of the CX-5 and MX-5 Miata, making it a fun handling and quick vehicle. Potential engine options could be the same engine that powers the CX-5, the 2.5-liter diesel, and the possibility of two other engines that Mazda has in the works; the 1.6-liter diesel and a 1.3-liter turbo gas engine.

Though there is much to come before the possibility of this new mini crossover, the excitement still mounts.

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-9 revealed

Mazda planned to hold on to the new 2013 Mazda CX-9 reveal until the Australian International Motor Show that will take place in mid-October, but it seems they could hold out any longer. The new design is another step of Mazda’s out of the Nagare design plans that were cognizant of their past models and into the new Kodo-influence designs.

There has been much speculation as to whether or not Mazda could transition the bigger body of the  2013 Mazda CX-9 into the Kodo treatment, as well as the new CX-5 and Mazda6 Sedan has done.But it seems Mada has lived up to the challenge. The front end flows seamlessly into the body, still giving the sporty look of the Kodo treatment. There have been no details as to what has been changed to the rear of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 or even the interior but there seems to be proof that the headlamps will include LED running lights and a much more defined housing for the foglamps.

The only known details about the drivetrain is that Mazda states the 2013 Mazda CX-9 will carry over the current CX-9’s 3.7 Liter V6 with a six-speed automatic, and will likely be mated to both a front-wheel and all-wheel drive system. We can guess that it will be getting some Sky-Activ treatment to boost as well.


The Mazda CX-7 retires

After a good run Mazda has decided its time for the Mazda CX-7 to hang up the towel. The CX-7 will no longer be sold inside the U.S. The Mazda CX-7 is a five seat crossover that was created to rival the Chevrolet Equinox, the Ford Edge, and Honda CR-V. The Mazda CX-7 is just winding down as far as sales go. In July 2012 it only sold 324 units compared to the 3,152 units of July 2011.

“It’s just at the end of its production cycle,” said Jeremy Barnes, a Mazda North American Operations spokesman, in a phone conversation on Thursday. “The [Mazda] CX-5 is its replacement.”

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 will step in to take the place of the Mazda crossover. The new CX-5 is an AWD four door crossover that starts as low as $29,090. It is the beginning of a brand new direction for the brand overall. It got the “Kodo” design which means “Soul of Motion”, a design that Mazda plans to use on all future vehicles. It is also the first vehicle to receive the full suite of the Mazda patented SkyActiv Technology. It comes equipped with a 2.0 Liter Inline-4 engine that gets 155 HP and 150 Lb-Ft of Torque. It also gets a combined 25 MPG fuel efficiency with the new SkyActiv equipment on board.

So now that the Mazda CX-7 has been replaced by the CX-5 (literally, even if you search it and click on the official Mazda link, it brings you to a page for the Mazda CX-5) we can say our farewells, and wait to see if the CX-5 can live up to the name.