Archive for 2015 Mazda Models

Check Out These Two Bold, Custom 2015 Mazda SEMA Models

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata - 2015 Mazda SEMA ModelsMazda made a serious appearance at this year’s SEMA Show, with two flashy concepts that turned heads throughout the entire event. Both concepts are custom editions of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata – one is a soft-top Spyder and the other an open top Speedster.

The silver MX-5 Spyder has a carbon fiber aero kit, grille intake, and body tonneau cover, as well as 17-inch racing wheels and a maroon-accented top. Contrastingly, the “Blue Ether” MX-5 Speedster is a teal blue, with no top at all.

The Speedster also boasts an incredibly low weight, approximately 200 pounds less than the Spyder. No doubt this teal stunner would be impressively fuel-efficient, with such a trim figure.

Of course, neither of these cars is scheduled to actually go into production, but it does give us an insightful look into what Mazda is currently working on. And we at Steet-Ponte Mazda certainly have no complaints about models such as these.

You can view images of the 2015 Mazda SEMA models here, then let us know what you think in the comments.

Mazda6 and CX-5 Earn 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study Awards

The Mazda6 and CX-5 are no strangers to acclaim from auto experts. We love even more, however, when our customers go to bat for their favorite Mazda models, testifying of their overall quality and appeal. In the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study of customers’ opinions after 90 days of ownership, both the Mazda6 and CX-5 were named winners in their segments.

2015 Mazda CX-5 - J.D. Power APEAL StudyThe 2015 Mazda6 claimed its second consecutive win as the most “APEAL-ing” vehicle in the “Midsize Car” class; and the 2015 CX-5 won its second award as winner of the “Compact SUV” segment. The CX-5 also took top honors in 2013.

The APEAL Study is based on eight areas of vehicle evaluation: engine/transmission; ride, handling, and braking; comfort/convenience; seats; cockpit/instrument panel; heating, ventilation, and cooling; sound system; and styling/exterior. The survey asks customers to relay their experiences after owning the new vehicle for 90 days; and when the results came in, it was clear that the Mazda6 and CX-5 had passed the test with flying colors.

The models’ appeal only gets better with the 2016 versions.

“Since going on sale in February, the refreshed 2016 Mazda6 and CX-5 have provided car-shoppers with what were already segment-leading vehicles and improved upon them with new technologies, premium materials and enhanced style,” said Jim O’Sullivan, Mazda’s North American president and CEO.

“We’re honored that J.D. Power and our customers recognize our relentless efforts, and we look to keep building the best cars and crossovers we can to meet the needs of discerning drivers.”

Stop by Steet Ponte Mazda today to check out the J.D. Power APEAL Study award-winning vehicles.

Mazda Connect Infotainment System Scores With Digital Trend

Mazda’s proprietary infotainment system is called Mazda Connect. Digital Trends may not have liked the name, but in their recent review of Connect, they certainly appreciated quite a bit about the system.

Mazda Connect Infotainment SystemMazda succeeded by taking risks. Most notably, Mazda chose to forgo a touchscreen. While at first this may seem backwards, this move has a purpose: safety and ease of use. Touchscreens, no matter how long we use them, still demand visual interaction. By employing a command-wheel, Mazda introduces quite a bit more intuition into the game. A more intuitive system is a less distracting system.

Engineers also had safety in mind when they placed the display screen. “By placing the screen both high on the dash, and at an optimal distance from the driver, the refocusing time is minimized, making it much easier to glance back and forth from screen to road.”

Overall, Digital Trends found the Mazda Connect infotainment system to be highly favorable, noting its high-quality components and intuitive interface. Mazda’s infotainment system is “luxury quality technology at a family car price.”

2015 Mazda3 Grand Touring Turns Heads

2015 Mazda3 Grand TouringIt’s no secret the Mazda3 holds over half of the company’s sales and for good reason. In its third generation, which first hit the pavement in 2014, the Mazda3 has maintained its position on Mazda Motors’ sales reports. For 2015, there isn’t much that’s changed compared to last year’s model. The only major change can be found under the hood in the form of a 2.5-liter engine. That being said, let’s take a look at the highest trim, the Grand Touring.

The Mazda3 Grand Touring comes with a whole bag of optional goodies including forward obstruction warning, radar cruise control, and lane departure warning, just to name a few. Without this technology package, the Grand Touring weighs in at a little over $26,000. For the highest trim, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Even with the larger engine the car still gets 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. There was no sacrifice to power, either. Horsepower-to-torque ratio is nearly even with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft. As you’d expect, the Grand Touring model has every comfort offered interior and there’s little left to be desired. Power and heated seats, lumbar support, voice-activated radio, and speed-sensitive volume control are just a few of the many features. Customer satisfaction, both behind the wheel and under the hood, came first when building the 2015 Mazda3 Grand Touring trim.

2015 Mazda Miata Continues Award-Winning Tradition

2015 Mazda MiataThe Mazda MX-5 Miata is probably one of the most recognizable sports cars on the road.  It’s low-profile, succinct convertible design is very much part of its trademark.  Sporting a design that harkens back to the fun and snappy European sports cars of yore, it’s also a magnet for awards. About two hundred of them, to be exact.  That comes as no surprise when one takes a good long gander at the 2015 Mazda Miata.

A peek under the hood quickly explains the Miata’s reputation for quickness.  This year, you’ll see a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor in there. The 2015 Mazda Miata’s engine yields 158 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque.  Considering it’s light design, those ponies will undoubtedly get you cooking in no time!

The new Miata still features the classic drop-top.  Just like the original model released in 1990, it can be folded back with one hand.  This time around though, you can get it with a retractable hard-top.

Other fantastic amenities abound: The Miata is outfitted with heated leather seats.  There’s keyless entry and a 7-speaker stereo by Bose. The trunk is unbelievably sizey, with 5.3 cubic feet of room.

These and other awesome features are what helped the Miata win the Guinness World Record for “best-selling two-seat roadster!” If you would like to be a small part of that world record, stop by Steet Pointe Mazda, where you can test drive the new 2015 Mazda Miata.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Revealed

Mazda SupercarMazda Motor Company has finally unveiled its much-anticipated fourth generation 2015 MX-5 Miata. The all-new MX-5 features SkyActiv Technology along with Mazda’s Kodo-Soul of Motion design language, and will roll out to markets globally in 2015.

The MX-5 is an iconic sports car, perfectly representing Mazda’s vehicle-engineering philosophy—the pursuit of driving pleasure. “Innovate in order to preserve” is the fourth generation’s moto, and the development team searched for all-new innovations to meet this demand. Despite stringent new environmental and safety standards, the all-new Miata holds true to its original reputation of being a fun-to-drive, lightweight sports car.

The design of the all-new Miata reflects the automakers new design language, featuring perfect proportions, flowing lines from front to rear, and a smaller, more compact, and more lightweight Miata than ever before. There’s no doubt the 2015 MX-5 will be fun to drive.

The Miata continues to be one of the most popular and widely celebrated sports cars in the world. As of July 2014, production exceeded 940,000 units, holding the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car.

Learn more about the 2015 MX-5 in Mazda’s recent news release.

Stop by Steet Ponte Mazda to check out our entire lineup of fun-to-drive cars, and keep your eye out for the 2015 MX-5 to arrive in dealerships next year!

NHTSA Gives 2015 Mazda3 Five-Star Rating

Mazda3 Five-Star RatingThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the 2015 Mazda3 with the highest five-star overall safety rating. To earn this rating, the Mazda3 received a five-star rating in both the front and side crash tests and a four star rating in the rollover crash test.

The 2015 Mazda3 five-star rating applies to both the sedan and hatchback models.

Standard safety features on the Mazda3 include stability control, daytime running lights, and antilock brakes. The available Mazda Radar Cruise Control works to maintain a set speed and safe distance between you and the car in front and will even slow down to 19 mph, if necessary.

Also keeping you safe is a suite of available high-tech driving features, such as the Forward Obstruction Warning, Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, and more.

The 2015 Mazda3 will be arriving at Steet Ponte Mazda soon. If you’re looking for the best in safety, give us a call and we’ll let you know when it arrives.