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How to Improve Your Fuel Efficiency This Fall

Improve Your Fuel Efficiency This Fall

Improve Your Fuel Efficiency This Fall

 

Each season brings its own challenges in terms of driving. One of the challenges to navigate each season is how to optimize your fuel efficiency. As summer gives way to autumn, you may be wondering how to improve your efficiency this fall. Steet Ponte Mazda has a few ideas.

  • Regularly check your tire pressure. Declining temperatures can mean a reduction in your tire pressure. Driving on underinflated tires is a sure-fire way to lower your fuel efficiency.
  • Get your seasonal maintenance. Fall is the perfect time to get car maintenance—Steet Ponte Mazda can inspect crucial systems, but we’ll also change your oil to make sure you get optimal efficiency this fall.
  • Slow down. Especially as it gets chillier outside, it’ll be tempting to get to your warm destination faster. But speeding is one of the worst habits to affect your fuel efficiency. By sticking to the posted speed limit, you can ensure you’ll burn through fuel at a slower rate.
  • Clean out your car. During summer road trips, trips to the pool, and participation in various sports games, you may have collected a lot of gear and luggage in your car. By emptying out things you won’t commonly use in the fall and winter—such as your golf clubs—you can reduce overall weight and improve your fuel efficiency this fall.

If you need help preparing your vehicle for fall, don’t hesitate to reach out to Steet Ponte Mazda’s wonderful service center today!

What Determines Your Credit Score?

 

What Determines Your Credit Score

What Determines Your Credit Score

Your credit score is very important; it will help determine the type of loan you get—or if you get a loan at all—for big purchases like a house or car. But what actually determines your credit score?

  1. Credit Card Usage: How you use your credit card helps determine your credit score. The utilization rate is essentially how much available credit you have been awarded and how much you actually use. If you have a $1,000 credit limit on a card and only use $300 (30%) each month—and regularly pay it off—you are actively working on building strong credit.
  2. Payment History: Late bills and payments will negatively affect your credit score, but if you regularly make your payments on time, this will help improve your credit score.
  3. Number of Open Lines of Credit: Improving credit can be confusing. Creditors want you to have a robust history of credit, meaning they like to see several open lines of credit. But that doesn’t mean they want you to open ten credit cards and never pay them off. Instead, they want to see a balanced and maintained credit history, with perhaps a couple credit cards, student loans, an auto loan, and a mortgage, all of which are regularly paid.

Have questions about your credit as you prepare to buy a new Mazda? Visit Steet Ponte Mazda’s finance department today.

IIHS Names 2017 Mazda CX-5 a Top Safety Pick+

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

When many drivers go out shopping for a new car, they might factor things like design and driving experience into their decision, but one of the most important things to consider is safety. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is quickly becoming one of Mazda’s best-selling family cars. That’s why Mazda CX-5 safety features have been engineered with the modern family in mind, to provide parents with a practical, affordable ride that protects and provides more security than ever. In fact, the IIHS has named the Mazda CX-5 a Top Safety Pick+.

 

The IIHS is one of the organizations besides the federal government (the NHTSA) that subjects vehicles to crash tests and other safety tests and rates them based on how they perform. The IIHS found that the Mazda CX-5 not only scored the highest rating of “Good” in every crash test, but also earned a Superior rating for its optional front crash prevention system. Additionally, the crossover’s available LED headlights earned top ratings, too. By meeting all these criteria, the IIHS tacked the extra “+” onto the end of its “Top Safety Pick” title, the top accolade from the organization.

 

If you want to check out the 2017 Mazda CX-5 safety for yourself and see what makes it an award-winning ride, come check out our inventory at Steet Ponte Mazda.

Tips for Back to School Season

Parenting Tips for Back to School Season

Parenting Tips for Back to School Season

Back to school season can be stressful and busy for parents and kids alike. So, the question becomes, how do you stay connected during this busy time?

Make a game out of asking about their day

Lots of kids will groan if you ask them the generic, “What happened at school today?” question. Instead, make a game out of it by matching different questions to different numbers, and then having kids pull playing cards. Whatever number is on the card is the question they have to answer.

Ask questions at bedtime

If you don’t want to ask questions as a game, here’s four simple questions to ask as you tuck the little ones into bed.

  • What was your favorite part of today?
  • What was your least favorite?
  • Do you have any questions about today?
  • How did you show kindness today?

Introduce kids to cell phones by negotiating rules

Giving young children their first phone doesn’t have to be stressful. Involve them in the decision to set boundaries and rules for cell phone use.

Make a tech curfew

Letting kids stare at bright screens until bedtime can interfere with their sleep. Make sure to set a time when tech use has to stop.

Give kids morning cue cards

Are your kids struggling with their routine? Make little cards for them, instructing them what order they should complete tasks in and at which time.

 

With these tips from us at Steet Ponte Mazda, back to school season doesn’t have to be so hectic.

Best Northeastern Road Trips

Summer is the perfect time to get away and enjoy the great outdoors. Thankfully, living in the Northeast puts you close to tons of beautiful sites. Here are some of the best northeastern road trips you can take this summer.

Adirondacks, New York

If you love fresh mountain air, the Adirondacks are a perfect getaway. There are tons of trails for you to take and a bridge pathway that puts you above the treetops. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you can even try ziplining.

Take one of these Northeastern road trips in a Steet Ponte Mazda car

Boston, Massachusetts

Love the city? Go up to Boston, which is a little less crowded than New York and even more historic. The Seaport District is popular, which sits nicely on the water and hosts a ton of infamous waterfront restaurants. Boston Public Market is a great place to find local vendors on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wildwood, New Jersey

Want to have fun by the shore? Wildwood is the perfect place for you and friends or family. You can lounge or swim on the beach and then go to the boardwalk for tons of fun rides and carnival treats.

If you need a car to get away with, come down to Steet Ponte Mazda to find the right car to hit the road in.

Redesigned Mazda CX-5

It’s easy to love the Mazda CX-5. It’s the perfect crossover for any family or any adventure. But now, it’s getting even better! The new Mazda CX-5 is redesigned and ready to take on the road.

The 2017 MAzda CX-5 at Steet Ponte MazdaThe CX-5 is stepping it up with performance. You’ll have a luxuriously silent ride thanks to sound-deadening materials that help reduce road noise. Plus, your ride will be smoother thanks to suspension tuning that reduces bumps on the road.

Don’t worry, though—that impressive fuel efficiency isn’t changing. Even with an engine that delivers 187 horsepower, you’ll still get 29 mpg on the highway.*

If you love innovative technology, the redesigned CX-5 has plenty of that, too. A head-up display puts important information directly in front of you by reflecting it off the windshield. This means that to get information you need, you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.

You’ll get plenty of space with the CX-5, too. With all seats down, you’ll have up to 59.6 cubic feet of space. However, don’t worry! If you have passengers, you’ll still have an ample 30.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row.

If you want to see the Mazda CX-5 for yourself, come down to Steet Ponte Mazda today and take it for a spin!

*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

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

buy the mazda cx-5

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.