Fourth of July History

Celebrating American independence is a time for festivities, communities coming together and, of course, fireworks. One of the most recognizable days in American history is less than a month away, so here’s some Fourth of July history in preparation for Independence Day from us here at Steet Ponte Mazda.

Fourth of July History

The original 13 colonies declared their independence from the British Crown on July 4th, 1776, effectively founding the great nation we live in today. The United States wouldn’t be where it is today without their bravery to do what many British territories couldn’t or wouldn’t. Despite its long history of celebrations, though, the Fourth of July was only made a federal holiday in 1941.

Prior to becoming an official federal holiday, the Fourth of July was commemorated by private citizens every year. The first celebration was held in Philadelphia in 1777. The patriotic celebration picked up greatly following the War of 1812. In 1870, the federal government recognized July 4th as a holiday, but it wasn’t until 1941 that it became a holiday for federal employees.

Today, the Fourth of July is celebrated with social gatherings, patriotic festivities, American flags, and the national anthem. Communities around the nation put on fireworks displays that light up the night sky every year.

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Manual Review

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular roadsters in the industry. Having just entered a new generation for 2016, the MX-5 Miata has been refined in every way possible. On top of that, though, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF brings more upscale features and impressive performance to the roadster.

The “RF” stands for “retractable fastback” and the model is only available in Club and Grand Touring trims. The newest version of this iconic model comes with performance brakes that perfectly complement the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 155 hp.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF at Steet Pointe MazdaThe Mazda MX-5 Miata RF boasts a 0-to-60 mph time of just 6.1 seconds and runs a quarter mile in 14.8 seconds. Models equipped with a manual transmission delivers anywhere from 8.4 seconds to 10.7 seconds when it comes to 30-to-50-mph passing times. The six-speed automatic transmission cuts that time dramatically with a 3.4-second passing time.

The new MX-5 Miata RF is a sports car unlike any other. With responsive performance and pristine handling, there’s no other roadster quite like it. A distinctive design and year-round comfort make it a hard model to top, after all.

We here at Steet Ponte Mazda couldn’t be happier to see the new MX-5 Miata RF garnering such excellent reviews!

The History of Memorial Day

Flags in front of graves in cemetary on Memorial Day

Graves of fallen service members decorated with flags for Memorial Day

An important holiday is coming up this weekend. Memorial Day is a day to honor service members who died while protecting our freedoms. It also unofficially marks the beginning of summer. Most Americans celebrate by visiting cemeteries or memorials or participating in family gatherings or parades.  But do you know the history of Memorial Day?

The first observation of Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) was on May 30, 1868. James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetary and thousands of gatherers helped to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate, with flowers, wreaths, and flags. However, this was only the holiday’s first national recognition. It was actually inspired by smaller local observances that took place in towns across the country in the years after the Civil War.

Fun fact: New York was the first state to make Memorial Day a legal holiday!

Following World War 1, it became known as a day to honor those who perished in any American war and was made a national holiday. In 1971, Congress established that day would be observed on the last Monday of May, solidifying the Memorial Day we celebrate today.

Why Buy the Mazda CX-5

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The Mazda CX-5 Takes Charge

Figuring out if you want to buy the Mazda CX-5? For 2017, it’s all-new, so you’re getting tons of awesome new features.

It’s Actually Compact

Many rivals in the compact crossover segment are almost mid-size now, but drivers who prefer their compact vehicles to be, well, smaller for a more lightweight ride and easier maneuvering, the Mazda CX-5’s dimensions haven’t changed. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

Backseat Improvements

Mazda took some time to give the rear seat in the new CX-5 a little bit of extra love. This is a big bonus for families who want their little ones to be comfortable, safe, and to have room to stretch. There are even USB ports for charging mobile devices.

Smarter Technology Upgrades

With smartphone integration features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as safety systems like adaptive cruise control, the Mazda CX-5 has it all.

Driving is Fun

Mazda’s driving dynamics are famous for a reason. Enjoy the new 2.5-liter engine and standard automatic, an improvement over last year’s model.

Mazda Listened to Feedback

Ultimately, Mazda listened to what their customers did and didn’t like, making a point to focus on what people wanted. As a result, you have a crossover that’s not just awesome, but awesome the way you want it.

There are plenty more reasons to buy the Mazda CX-5, so stop by or call us at Steet Ponte Mazda in Yorkville, NY today for more information.

What to Do After a Car Accident

What to Do After a Car Accident

While we certainly hope you never experience one, car accidents happen and can range from major damages to small fender benders. Drivers involved in their first accident tend to make mistakes when it comes to the aftermath. Fortunately, you can deal with the accident and claims process with ease. Here’s what to do after a car accident from us here at Steet Ponte Mazda!

  • Call the Police – Call the police or property authorities in your area immediately after an accident has occurred, no matter how minor or severe. Doing so ensures that there will be an accurate record that will expedite the claims process and establish fault to some extent. Make sure not to sign anything unless it’s from the police.
  • Check for Injuries – Once the proper authorities have been notified, check yourself and passengers for any injuries. Ask others involved in the accident if they’re okay as well. If someone is unconscious, don’t move them. Wait for emergency responders to arrive.
  • Contact Your Insurer – Starting the insurance claims process quickly will get you back on the road faster. Once police have been notified and taken down your information for a report, contact your insurance agent or agency. Answer their questions, provide any pertinent information, and let them take it from there!

2017 Mazda CX-5 Redesign

2017 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 compact crossover has been gaining ground in the hotly-contested segment and the automaker is looking to continue its success. The latest redesign brings a premium interior packed with more technologies, a new engine, and styling updates. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is on the path to challenge premium models in its segment.

The previous Mazda CX-5 boasted a starting MSRP just over $24,000, putting it in the realm of competitors like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. The latest redesign brings a slightly higher price and a long list of additional standard equipment.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 starts at $24,985, a $910 increase compared to the 2016 model. That pricing puts it in the range of the Honda CR-V. While it may seem more expensive, the sheer amount of standard features added more than make up for the difference.

The redesigned CX-5 boasts a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission. Drivers will also enjoy standard LED headlights, G-Vectoring Control, Smart City Brake Support, and a 7-inch touchscreen display complete with the Commander knob.

Those additional features join standard equipment from the previous year, including 17-inch aluminum wheels, push-ignition, keyless entry, and more.

We here at Steet Ponte Mazda can’t wait for the arrival of the redesign Mazda CX-5!

5 Car Spring Cleaning Tips to Live By

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Enlisting a friend not only cuts the work in half, but also makes the time fly!

Spring has sprung, and along with the warmer weather and lighter evenings comes that one thing that people either love or hate—spring cleaning. While you might assume that spring cleaning is limited to inside your home, it’s important to take your car into account when you plan out your cleaning schedule this year.

Winter is a dirty time, with salt and grit coating the outside and underside of your car for much of the season. That’s why it’s important for you to give your car a thorough scrubbing both inside and out. Consider these car spring cleaning tips from Steet Ponte Mazda before you get started…

  • Clean under your floor mats. While you’re sure to remember to vacuum the carpets themselves, there’s almost certainly gunk underneath the mats that needs removing.
  • Swap out your tires. If you switched to winter tires last fall, it’s time to switch back to your all-seasons.
  • Check for trash. It’s easy to let stuff accumulate in your car over the winter, since it’s too cold to think about cleaning it out. Make sure you check in your trunk and under your seats, and get rid of anything you don’t need.
  • Wash and wax. Washing is a given, but waxing is an important step you might not consider. Waxing helps seal the paint and repels water and other debris, so your car will look clean for longer.
  • Clean the seats. If you have cloth upholstery, wipe it down with a hot, wet cloth. Avoid using chemicals—if you encounter a particularly stubborn stain, a little dish soap will work wonders. For leather upholstery, use leather cleaner and cloth to get your seats gleaming.

Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start, and your car is no exception. Make these five car spring cleaning tips a yearly habit and your car will thank you!

Meet the All-New Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

All New-Model, Same Crossover Leader

The Mazda CX-5 has long been a leader in the crowded crossover segment, and thanks to a new redesign it’s sure to keep its crown even as other automakers continue to throw their hats in the ring.

Standard features on the base Sport trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, LED headlights, a backup camera, and MAZDA CONNECT. Higher trim levels add features like leatherette or leather seats, a power glass moonroof, heated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, and a power liftgate.

In all, the CX-5 offers three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. There’s also the option of adding the Preferred Equipment Package to the Touring, which includes a BOSE 10-speaker audio and various other premium features without having to upgrade to the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model.

The new Mazda CX-5 is safer than ever, thanks to the available i-Activsense safety package. This package includes radar-based adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, Driver Attention Alert, automatic braking, lane departure warning, and active LED headlights.

The new CX-5 is powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Drivers can also opt for i-ACTIV all-wheel drive on any trim level.

The new Mazda CX-5 will arrive at dealerships this month, so head over to Steet Ponte Mazda to check it out for yourself!

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!