Award-Winning CX-9 Engine: Added Gas Mileage, Added Power

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Mazda recently received an award for its incredible performance and engineering. Specifically, this award came from WardsAuto for the 2.5-liter DOHC Turbocharged I-4 engine found under the hood of the Mazda CX-9. This is not only an honor, but it demonstrates the incredible capabilities of the new CX-9.

According to WardsAuto, the new engine is made from aluminum alloy and it provides up to 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, while also earning up to 27 mpg on the highway. This new engine enabled the engineers to cut approximately 250 pounds from the previous generation, and it also increased gas mileage by a whopping 25%. It’s no wonder this award-winning CX-9 engine is getting so much attention.

“Most turbocharged gasoline engines use enrichment very early on, leading to fuel economy that rarely meets the EPA-estimated numbers,” says Kelvin Hiraishi, director of engineering, Mazda. “While the SKYACTIV 2.5T’s cooled EGR doesn’t improve the catalog (official) fuel economy numbers, it does pay dividends for customers to achieve greater real-world efficiency.”

Perhaps one of the most impressive features is the Dynamic Pressure Turbo System. Though this engine is a four-cylinder, with fewer cylinders than the previous V6, it nevertheless maintains power thanks to a tuned turbo system. This engine optimizes exhaust to increase power without sacrificing fuel economy. This is just one way the new CX-9 sets itself apart.

If you have any questions, would like to learn more, or want to test drive the new CX-9, visit us today at Steet Ponte Mazda!

Things to do in Utica, New York

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bowlingLooking for something to do this weekend? We’ve got a list of all of the great things to see and do in Utica.

  1. Check out the area museums. Utica has been home to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute since 1919. Another museum that you could visit is the Children’s Museum of History, Science & Technology. This one is great for the whole family and puts extra emphasis on STEM subjects.
  2. Grab a cold one at a local brewery. Check out the Saranac Brewery which was founded in 1888. When you take the tour, you receive two free drink tickets. You can also check out the F.X. Matt Brewing Company which was also founded in 1888. It’s grown over the years to become one of the largest craft breweries in the United States.
  3. Go bowling. AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes offers open and league bowling. You can also check out their pool tables and aracade!

There are all kinds of entertainment venues in Utica, these are just a few of our favorites. Let us know which one you like best in the comment section below!

Genius New Mazda Bio Engineering Plastic Is Scratch Resistant, No Paint Required

Mazda Bio Engineering Plastic to end all paint scratches

Once again, Mazda has come up with a solution for one of drivers’ biggest pet peeves, scratches in the exterior paint. Even if you are able to avoid collisions and scrapes, it seems like scratches always find their way. Mazda’s new bio engineering plastic aims to make scratches and frequent polishing a worry of the past, as it is extremely scratch resistant as well as waterproof. Plus, it’s even better for the environment! Talk about a win/win scenario.

The non-toxic material meets all safety standards, can be molded into any shape and is therefore usable for any Mazda model, and it doesn’t even require painting. It can simply be created in a range of colors, avoiding harmful paint.

The paint used to color vehicles is actually surprisingly bad for the environment, with volatile organic compounds (VOC) being produced in the form of paint emissions. The Mazda bio engineering plastic will eliminate this hazard altogether.

Mazda is already using their bio-engineering plastic on parts of the new Roadster RF concept model, which will soon be released in Japan. No word yet on when the technology will be available here in the United States.

In the meantime, to learn about all the new technology that Mazda is working on, contact us or visit us anytime at Steet Ponte Mazda, where our enormous selection may just include your new car!

Read These Tips for Driving in Winter Weather Before You Are Caught in a Storm

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Are you nervous about driving in winter weather this year? You are certainly not alone. Snow and ice can cause some of the most hazardous conditions of the year, which is why it is vital to be prepared. To get yourself started, check out these tips for driving in winter weather:

Driving in winter weather

  • To begin with, avoid driving when you are sick or tired, which can reduce your reaction time and could be lethal on a snowy road.
  • Always increase the distance between your vehicle and the other vehicles around you when the roads are snowy, icy, or slushy.
  • Generally drive more slowly, which will also increase your fuel efficiency.
  • Whatever you do, you should neither accelerate nor decelerate quickly. Always slowly increase or decrease your speed.
  • If you find yourself skidding, try to remain calm. Gently aim your steering wheel into the direction of the skid, and your vehicle should regain control.
  • Just in case of an emergency, be sure to have a first-aid kit ready, as well as some blankets and other winter layers, keeping you safe if you have to pull off the road.

 

For more safety tips – or to check out one of our many available Mazda models with all-wheel drive, just in time for the season – contact us or visit us any time here at Steet Ponte Mazda.

How to Winterize Your Car

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winterNow that the winter months are upon us, it’s time to prepare your car for the elements. For both your car’s health and for your safety, there are a couple of precautions that all drivers should take. The following will show you how to winterize your car.

Prevent Rusting

One of the most important steps to take in winterizing your car is to defend your car against salt. The salt that the city lays down for the snow eats away at your paint and causes your car to rust. To prevent this, wash and wax your car regularly throughout the winter months.

Prepare for Emergencies

While most people make it through the winter without problems, it’s important to be prepared for emergencies. Prepare an emergency kit that you keep somewhere in your car just in case something should go wrong. Things to include in this kit are a blanket, extra cell phone battery, water, canned food, emergency flares, and anything else that you think you may need in an emergency situation.

Following these simple steps will make your life much easier. If you have a family, remind them to protect their vehicles as well, and make sure they have an emergency kit in their car.

Why You Should Buy a Mazda Right Now

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With all of the different car manufacturers on the market today, it’s difficult to separate the contenders from the pretenders. However, Mazda continuously proves itself to be one of the most innovative solutions year-in and year-out. If you’ve never owned one before, the following is why you should buy a Mazda right now.

 

The Design

One of the most attractive reasons to buy a Mazda is that Mazda cars are some of the most aesthetically pleasing vehicles on the market. At Mazda, the goal is to produce cars that go beyond being just pieces of steel. To Mazda, cars are works of art.

 

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While having a car that looks nice is great, it’s even better to have
a car with some of the most innovative technology on the market. Mazda designs its vehicles with a human-centric design philosophy that makes driving simpler. A core piece of this philosophy is the Mazda Connect technology that allows drivers to sync their devices to the infotainment system for a seamless transition.

 

While these are a couple of the best reasons as to why you should buy a Mazda; the list goes on and on. Consider buying a Mazda and get a car that works for you.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Features

The popular Mazda MX-5 Miata is now offered in hardtop in the MX-5 Miata RF. The RF has many of the same features as the Miata with some exciting new features and fantastic looks. Set to hit showrooms in early 2017, the RF is now on sale for presale orders starting at an MSRP of $31,555.

Mazda - MX-5 Miata RF FeaturesThe RF will come in three trim levels, including the Launch Edition, the Grand Touring, and the Club. All three will be available with both manual and automatic transmission options from Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV parts lineup.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF features carry over from its soft-top counterpart, the award-winning convertible Miata, but there are a few new features drivers will love. The RF will come with a full-color 4.6-inch TFT gauge for incredible image quality, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert in the Club trim, and two new paint color options.

The Miata RF will come standard with the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system and 7-inch touchscreen with phone integration, as well as LED headlights and taillights along with other style and comfort features.

Opting for the sportier Club trim gets you aerodynamic body extensions and limited slip differential on the manual, plus a bunch of available manual-only performance upgrades like Brembo brakes and lightweight wheels.

The Grand Touring comes with leather seating surfaces, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, and Lane Departure Warning, among other features.

Black Friday Parking and Driving Tips

The prospect of driving and parking on Black Friday is daunting, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Just follow these tips and you can remove this particular source of stress from an already stressful day.

The best way to keep from making dangerous decisions on Black Friday is to plan everything in advance. You’ll already be keyed up and wanting to get the best deals as soon as possible—if you don’t know where you want to go next or where to get those deals, you might end up driving recklessly. Plus, everyone else is going to be the exact same way—don’t contribute to the danger.

Parking Garage - Black Friday ParkingOnce you’ve planned your route, download helpful map apps like Waze with real-time traffic updates so you know where roads will be most backed up and you can try to find an alternate route. You’ll get to your destination faster and with lower chance of collision.

Coffee, coffee, coffee. If you’re going to be up all night and then getting behind the wheel, you have to keep yourself awake. Make sure you stop to eat, too!

When it comes to parking, don’t fight for a spot near the front. Park far enough away that you aren’t in a heavy foot traffic spot—this not only makes you less likely to hit someone when you pull out but also means you can leave more quickly and easily than the folks near the entrance.

Black Friday parking and driving is easy when you’re prepared and watchful. Stay safe!

Mazda Now Accepting Preorders for Hardtop MX-5 Miata

hardtop MX-5 MiataLike convertibles? Of course you do. With their association with free-spirited leisure and high-end luxury, owning a convertible sports car is on most people’s bucket lists. A favorite among drivers is the Mazda MX-5 Miata, with its relatively affordable price in comparison to other sporty, luxurious convertibles and its lightweight, zippy performance. However, the fact of the matter is that convertibles—with their noisy tops and often-cramped interiors—are often impractical for daily life, which is why the new hardtop MX-5 Miata—called the RF—is such a ground-breaking addition to Mazda’s lineup.

Preorders for the MX-5 Miata RF began recently on September 26th, with the first 1,000 models coming in a special Launch Edition. Long-time loyal Mazda fans get first dibs on the Launch Edition models, having received personalized codes with a limited-time offer attached. Of course, even if you don’t need the Launch Edition, the release of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is a big moment for the brand. Mazda representatives predict that the RF will sell more than the standard MX-5 Miata due to the fact that its hard convertible top will reduce wind noise and give the model more of an aerodynamic coupe feel when the top is up.

The hardtop MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition went on sale to the general public on October 3rd, provided any of them were left. The 25th Anniversary Edition of the standard MX-5 Miata sold out in less than ten minutes back in 2014, after all.

Experience Haunted Excursions on the Adirondack Scenic Railway

Adirondack Scenic Railway

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While it isn’t exclusively a Halloween attraction, once a month the Adirondack Scenic Railway invites passengers to come for a ride in the evening, when it takes passengers on a two-hour round trip from Thendara Station to tell ghostly stories of crime, murder, and tragedy. Referred to as the Haunted History Evening Excursion, the next of these events falls on October 22nd. So if you’re looking to get in the Halloween spirit, this is a great, unique experience.

The stories told by attendants on the scenic passenger train are derived from the book Haunted Old Forge, which details the spirits lingering on the slopes of the Adirondack Mountains. Beware, however; you’ll be lead out into the heart of the action. Passengers will be required to disembark the train and follow the guide through the wilderness on the mountains, supposedly surrounded by the spirits of legend discussed by the guide. The story will be told by authors Dennis Webster and Bernadette Peck, as well as acting troupe the Players of Utica.

In the fall, the Adirondack Scenic Railway departs for this haunted adventure at 7:00pm, so make sure to arrive before then and dress appropriately for the weather. Coach ticket rates are $25 per person. The railway also recommends proper footwear for walking, bug spray, and perhaps even a flashlight—and don’t forget some extra cash for the gift shop so you can bring home a souvenir.