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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!

2016 Mazda Models Take Home Best-in-Class Awards

One look at the 2016 Mazda lineup, and odds are you can find a stylish car that’s perfect for you. The New England Motor Press Association certainly thought so, handing down two best-in-class awards to 2016 Mazda models. When all was said and done, the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mazda CX-3 crossover drove home winners.

2016 Mazda Models - 2016 Mazda MX-5 MiataThe 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a roadster that just doesn’t quit. This hot ride took home the “Best Affordable Convertible” award in the Ragtop Awards category and was recognized as a lifetime achievement award. That only adds to the Miata’s already heavy awards shelf. Winner of the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, the Miata was a shoo-in for the New England Motor Press Association’s award.

2016 Mazda Models - 2016 Mazda CX-3The Mazda CX-3 crossover won the “Best-in-Class Sub-Compact SUV/Crossover” in the Winter Vehicles Award category. Citing its versatility on- and off-road, the CX-3 is perfect for New England drivers that was excellent efficiency and a value-oriented ride for driving in winter. In total, 2016 Mazda models have earned over 100 awards.

For a full list of the New England Motor Press Association awards, click here.

We have both the MX-5 Miata and CX-3 crossover available here at Steet-Ponte Mazda!

First Annual New York Daily News Auto Awards Swept by Mazda

The Daily News Autos took on the task to determine the best cars, trucks and crossovers in sixteen different vehicle categories. The voting was all-inclusive from supercars to family sedans, electric cars and SUVs and more. Nick Kurczewski, editor from Daily News Auto, said “We created these awards to honor best-in-class vehicles for a wide range of consumers. Our intent with these awards is to help consumers make a better choice for their next car purchase. We also wanted to have a little fun, so we included a Dream Machine category, because everyone loves to dream about what they could be driving”.

2016 Mazda6 - New York Daily News Auto AwardsHere at Steet Ponte Mazda, we’re pleased to announce that Mazda was awarded the winner of 5 different categories! The award winning Mazda vehicles include:

  • Fun Car Winner: 2016 Mazda MX-5
  • Small Car Winner: 2016 Mazda3
  • Family Car Winner: 2016 Mazda6
  • City SUV Winner: 2016 Mazda CX-3
  • Small SUV Winner: 2016 Mazda CX-5

We’re proud to carry the Mazda lineup which is safe and family-friendly! Stop on by and test drive one of these or one of the other great Mazda models today!

EPA Ranks Mazda as the Cleanest and Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker

As other automakers throw all of their eggs in the hybrid and electric basket, Mazda has stuck to its conventional, gasoline-powered guns. And it’s working.

cleanest and most fuel-efficient automaker - Mazda CX-%According to the latest report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mazda ranked first in 2014 in adjusted fuel economy across its lineup, with an average 29.4 miles per gallon. It also boasted the lowest average emissions of any manufacturer, with 302 grams of CO2 emitted per mile.

In addition to being the cleanest and most fuel-efficient automaker, the EPA predicts Mazda will keep its reign at the top in 2015 and be the first to break both the average 30 mpg barrier and sub-300 grams of CO2 emissions per mile.

So there you have it. When you shop at Steet Ponte Mazda, you’ll find a lineup of cars that, on average, are cleaner and more fuel-efficient than anything you’ll be offered at other dealerships!

2016 Mazda3 and Mazda6 Earn Top Honors in Consumers Digest Best Buys Awards

The 2016 Mazda3 and 2016 Mazda6 have earned top honors in the Consumers Digest Best Buys Awards for 2016. The former was ranked at the top of the “Compact Cars” category while the latter led the “Family Cars” category.

Mazda6 - Consumers Digest Best Buys Award 2016The goal of the Best Buys awards are designed to point consumers toward the cars that offer the best value in their respective segments. This is based on purchase price and ownership costs as well as other factors like performance, utility, and comfort. The winners are decided after Consumers Digest experts have test-driven the vehicles under a variety of conditions.

The 2016 Mazda3 was described as “the sportiest-feeling model in its class” and lauded for its ability to look, feel, and drive like a more expensive car. The Mazda6, meanwhile, was noted for its spacious and quiet cabin as well as for being “one of the most entertaining-to-drive midsize sedans.”

You’ll be able to find both at Steet-Ponte Mazda!

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 MX-5 Wins the Red Dot Award

Mazda MX-5 wins the Red Dot AwardIn a world full of increasingly creative design, our own Mazda MX-5 wins the Red Dot Award of 2015 in Product Design, an award given to innovatively designed products across a wide variety of industries.

The Red Dot is the prize of the Product Design competition, the gala for which was held this year in Essen, Germany on June 29. The Red Dot Product design competition has existed since 1954, and it is highly prestigious to win a Red Dot, as this award is basically an internationally recognized quality stamp.

The Mazda MX-5 series is a favorite sports car, with its front-engine rear-wheel design giving it an attractive, athletic look and powerful engine at an affordable price point. The director of Mazda design, Kevin Rice, says that the MX-5 has always been about “creating smiles,” which he says contributed to the car’s Red Dot win.

The MX-5 is the fifth Mazda to win a Red Dot Award.

Mazda3 Named to KBB’s 10 Coolest Cars Under 18k

2015 Mazda3 - 10 Coolest Cars Under 18kFor the second consecutive year, the Mazda3 has been named the number one vehicle on Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com 10 Coolest Cars Under 18k list! The exciting news adds to the Mazda’s already cool, sophisticated appeal.

The top ten cars for the list were selected based on two items: how fun they are to drive and if they’re fun to own. KBB.com considers the two criteria to be major factors when judging a car on its “coolness.” KBB.com judges were extremely impressed after last year’s remodel and were equally as impressed with the Mazda3 again in 2015.

The Mazda has a lot more going for it than just its cool factor as well; it’s, of course, under $18k starting at just $16,945. It also includes a host of technologies including SKYACTIV engine options, i-ELOOP which boosts the Mazda3’s fuel efficiency, Mazda Connect infotainment system, and i-ACTIVESENSE safety system.

The 2015 Mazda3 is available now at Street Ponte Mazda if you’re interested in taking a test-drive in one of the coolest and most valuable sedans around!

Kelley Blue Book Awards Mazda as Best Car Styling Brand

Mazda was recently awarded as Kelley Blue Book’s Best Car Styling Brand as part of their 2015 Brand Image Awards. The awards are based on customers’ perceptions of automotive brands in various categories. All of the data collected for the awards comes from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study which draws information from new vehicle shoppers through KBB.com.

2016 Mazda CX-5 - Best Car Styling BrandWinning the Best Car Styling award is a wonderful honor and really proves Mazda’s Soul of Motion design language is resonating with consumers. The inspiration behind Mazda’s designs come from animals in the wild. The raw power, along with cleverness and maneuverability of wild animals is applied throughout the entire Mazda lineup.

Mazda models are very recognizable due to the design and thought process that is carried out in the new lineup. Just like every person has a story, every car does too and Mazda showcases that.

If you’re interested in checking out the latest Mazda cars, SUVs, and crossovers, come visit us at Steet Ponte Mazda today.

Mazda Tops EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report for Second Time

Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) releases a report that highlights the most fuel-efficient carmakers in the United States. This year, the EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report has found Mazda Motor Corporation to be the number one carmaker in fuel economy for the second time in a row. Due mostly to the company’s use of their unique SkyActiv Technology, Mazda cars have reduced emissions significantly, helping keep the earth (and customers’ wallets) greener.

Mazda - EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report“Mazda has never been one to rest on its laurels, continuing to work hard, innovate, and engineer vehicles that offer class-leading fuel economy in nearly every segment it competes in,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “Because the internal combustion engine is still used in more than 90 percent of the cars and SUVs sold in North America today, we chose to focus on perfecting both the operation and performance of the engine, as well as all the other systems and components that affect efficiency. Offering this technology—at an affordable price—to every consumer will help improve our overall environmental impact.”

And improve Mazda’s environmental impact, it has. The Japanese carmaker boasts the highest fleet-wide fuel economy with 28.1 miles per gallon, while also having the lowest adjusted CO2 emissions of 316. So next time you are looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle, make sure you stop in to Steet Ponte Mazda and see what green cars we have to offer!