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!

Mazda Concept Cars to Look Out For

Mazda Concept Cars

Mazda has always been known as one of the most innovative automakers on the market. That’s why it should come as no surprise that they have some of the most unique concept cars right now. Here are a few that Mazda has put out.

 

Koeru Concept

As the crossover SUV market is one of the fastest growing sections right now, Mazda developed this stunning crossover concept. The Koeru features Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV® Technology, and it’s a great blend of stylish and sporty.

Shinari

Powerful, stylish, and sleek. These are the three best words to describe the Shinari. Its unique body lines give the Shinari some of the most unique aesthetics we have ever seen.

Takeri

Derived from the Japanese word for ‘masculine’, the Takeri is a highly efficient vehicle that is also outfitted with Mazda’s new SKYACTIV® technology.

Sassou

A small, lightweight vehicle, the Sassou is uniquely efficient. It’s powered by a turbocharged, three-cylinder, 1.0-liter MZR Direct Injection Spark Ignition gas engine.

Minagi

A sporty crossover SUV, the Minagi embodies everything that a crossover vehicle should be. It’s versatile, attractive, and powerful. There’s no question that it’s a car of the future.

 

For more about Mazda’s unique concept cars, check out this list.

If you want to see more of what Mazda has to offer, check out our new inventory and see what technology lies behind the machine!

Mazda CX-9 Takes Home Prestigious HMP Best in Segment Award

New Mazda CX-9 - Bakersfield, CAThe Mazda CX-9 recently took home the Hispanic Motor Press “Best in Segment” award for 2017. This is the top honor in the SUV category, proving just how impressive the new CX-9 really is.  This is the seventh-annual awards ceremony, and it is based on overall value with Hispanic families in mind. A number of prominent Hispanic journalists sat on the judging panel, each of which found the CX-9 to be the best overall.

According to Mazda, the CX-9 received the HMP Best in Segment award for its responsive powertrain, its roomy three-row interior, and the signature KODO design. It’s also affordable, with a number of trim levels that let you upgrade to premium materials as you see fit. Overall, the awards also recognized vehicles that were eco-friendly, affordable, and capable of reducing greenhouse emissions as well.

“Our educational programs and content helps the Hispanic Consumer to understand the long-term benefits of clean transportation,” reads the Hispanic Motor Press website. “We provide objective and practical information to the Hispanic Community so that they can select which clean vehicle would fit best for their needs. We assist Hispanic owned companies reviewing and sourcing State and Federal grants to replace polluting.”

Other awards were presented for the best PR agency, the fleet service award, commercial vehicle of the year, motorcycle of the year, and more. There is also a film festival associated with the event to help choose the best short films and commercials that incorporate cars and emphasize green technologies and mindsets.

For more information on the Mazda CX-9, visit us at Bakersfield Mazda!

Three Every-Day Habits to Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

We all want what is best for our families and would do anything to keep our children as safe as possible on the road. Establishing good safety habits in the car now will encourage responsible behavior for years to come. Here are three important in-car safety habits to establish now to keep your kids safe in the car:

  1. Get the right car seat. Make sure each of your children are being secured into the correct car seat based on their age, height, and your state’s laws. We recommend keeping your children in their respective car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight restrictions before graduating them to the next seat. Make sure they are always buckled in correctly and that all straps are snug and not twisted.
  2. Assume loose objects are projectiles. We don’t usually give too much thought to the items in our car, but just like in an airplane, loose items should be secured while driving. In the event of an accident, loose items become flying objects that can cause serious injury or even death. At a minimum, heavy, blunt, and potentially sharp objects should be secured in the trunk, glovebox, or center console.
  3. Teach car safety. Rollover deaths, trunk/car entrapment, and back-over deaths can all be avoided by teaching your children to never play in or around any vehicles. Becoming locked in a car on a hot day could prove deadly. It’s also imperative that caretakers never leave children in a hot car for any period of time.

To learn more about ways to keep your kids safe in the car, visit forbes.com.

Mazda Teams Up with Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge

For the 4th year running, Mazda will act as title sponsor for the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge. The seven-day cycling event in California aims to raise at least $1 million in the support of people with physical challenges to live active lifestyles through sports and fitness.

The challenge will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in San Francisco. A group of more than 125 cyclists, including professional athletes, celebrities, and a group of 15 athletes with physical challenges will embark on a 620-mile ride that will span seven days, ending in San Diego.

“Support from the Mazda Foundation has helped the Million Dollar Challenge become more than a ride of a lifetime, but an event where individuals can use their passion for cycling to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Bill Geppert, interim CEO of the Challenged Athletes Foundation in a statement. “Our partnership with the Mazda Foundation has been mutually successful because our missions are so closely aligned around the goal of helping others  – those with able bodies and those with physical challenges – realize their aspirations and dreams.”

If you’re interested in sponsoring an athlete and learning more about the Million Dollar Challenge, check out challengedalthletes.org.

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, yet many of us continue to do it. July is recognized as National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, so be courteous to your fellow drivers by not texting and driving. And, just to drive the point home, here are a few deadly statistics about texting and driving.

texting while driving

  • 660,000. This is the number of drivers in the United States who are using their phones while driving at any given time during daylight hours.
  • 60%. The percentage of drivers who use their phones in any capacity while driving.
  • 88%. The percentage of young Americans who fear other drivers—this number is higher than the fear of public speaking, death, spiders, and snakes.
  • 5 seconds. How long your eyes are off the road while sending a texting—this translates to the length of a football field when driving 55 mph.
  • The number of people killed every day in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
  • You are three times more likely to get into an accident if you text while driving.

If you or someone you know has problems with texting and driving, consider turning your car into a phone-free zone. Put your phone and everyone else’s into the glove compartment or other storage bin where it is out of reach. Also try turning your phone off so you aren’t distracted by any notifications.

What methods do you use to avoid texting while driving?

2016 Mazda CX-3 Pricing Announced

Mazda has essentially created a brand new car segment with the all-new CX-3. This subcompact crossover is perfect for the city as well as hitting the open road. Now, as we approach its release date in August, Mazda has announced the 2016 CX-3 pricing.

The CX-3 will have a starting price of only $19,960 when equipped with front-wheel drive. For added stability, you can choose the CX-3 Sport model with Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive to provide maximum performance and stability for an added $1,250.

“We wanted to send a strong statement that new buyers, early adopters, empty-nesters and right-sizers can get everything they want in a crossover that fits their needs,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO, in a statement. “CX-3 offers the same technologies and thrilling driving experience seen across the rest of Mazda’s award-winning lineup that we believe will be a great gateway to the Mazda brand.”

Standard features on the CX-3 include a SKYACTIV 2.0-liter engine that will deliver an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway. You’ll also get a standard Mazda Connect seven-inch color touchscreen infotainment system that helps you stay connected.

Try Something New: Great Side Dishes for Cookouts

side dishes for cookouts

Food is almost always more delicious when cooked on a grill, which is why we love the summer. We all have our cookout favorites, like the traditional hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak, but if you want to take your cookout to the next level, here are some new options for side dishes for cookouts:

  • Asparagus and Tomato Skewers. Put cherry tomatoes on a skewer and put them on the grill alongside some asparagus. Dip them in honey mustard for a smoky, sweet flavor.
  • Garden Pasta Salad. This simple dish will add a rainbow of color to your plate. With only 10 minutes of prep time, it’s an easy addition to your picnic.
  • Bacon and Egg Potato Salad. This side might make you think you’re eating breakfast with crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and a creamy dressing.
  • Sweet Corn Pudding. This creamy casserole uses corn freshly cut from the cob. Add heavy cream and cheese for a delightful dish.
  • Sausage and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes. With so much goodness stuffed inside these summer-ripe tomatoes, you might not have much room left for that second cheeseburger.

Do you have any favorite side dishes for cookouts? Share them with Bakersfield Mazda below!