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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!

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!

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.

Buying a Back to School Car

2014 Mazda3If you have a new driver or a recent high school graduate on your hands, you might be like many parents across the country and are on the lookout for a great back to school car. We know, we know, it isn’t even August yet and we’re already talking about back to school. But, it doesn’t hurt to plan early.

Here are a few tips on finding the perfect car for your scholar.

  • New or Used. This is the first question you need to ask. While used cars generally offer the best value, new cars will give you top-of-the-line safety features and technological updates.
  • Budget. What is your price point for the car? Are you being generous and funding this for your student, or are they sharing the cost?
  • Needs vs. Wants. Surely, what you think your child needs in a car is not the same thing they have in mind. Discuss what each of you want and find a compromise. Keep in mind, if the car is something they actually want to drive, they will likely take better care of it.

Now, as far as specific models are concerned, the Mazda3 is a great option for students. It has a sporty, fun feel, while still being affordable and safe. And it is available as either a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan.

Whether you’re searching for a new or used Mazda, we have an extensive inventory available now at Steet Ponte Mazda. Stop by today to find the perfect back to school car for your student.

KBB.com Names 2014 Mazda3 on Coolest New Cars List

2014 Mazda3If you’re looking for a car that can up your “cool” factor without breaking your budget, look no further than the 2014 Mazda3. According to KBB.com, the Mazda3 is one of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, making it the perfect pick for those looking to turn heads while driving down the street.

The editors at KBB.com, one of the industry’s leading automobile websites, analyzed hundreds of vehicles based on two criteria—fun-to-drive and fun-to-own—that make it easier to determine whether or not a car is “cool”. They also take into consideration the purchase price of $18,000 or less, narrowing down the field until they determine the final 10 vehicles.

With a price tag of $16,945, the Mazda3 has new features like the KODO: Soul of Motion design facets and i-ELOOP, which ensures great fuel economy. It is also available in 4- and 5-door configurations and either a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engine.

For more information on the Mazda3, stop into Steet Ponte Mazda today and give it a test drive!

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.

SKYACTIV Technology More Popular than Ever; Over 1 Million Vehicles Produced

2014 Mazda6 SKYACTIVMazda’s SKYACTIV technology is that rarest of products: a product where the execution of an idea actually surpasses the brilliance of the original idea. SKYACTIV technology encompasses a wide range of adjustments to Mazda vehicles, all of which are designed to improve the environmental impact and safety record of these vehicles without sacrificing the “zoom-zoom” power that’s always made Mazda famous.

Customers have responded in extremely positive ways to SKYACTIV technologies, as more than 1 million vehicles equipped with these technologies have now been produced as of March 2014. Three current Mazdas feature the whole SKYACTIV suite, the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, and Mazda3. Together, 1,040,000 of these vehicles have been produced as of the end of March.

All three vehicles feature better engines and transmissions and reduced overall weight to improve fuel economy. Plus, with Mazda’s new KODO-Soul of Motion design language, these vehicles look just as good as they drive.

“At Mazda we put everything into developing our SKYACTIV vehicles, and it is because these models have struck a chord with a wide range of customers all over the world that we have reached the one million-unit landmark” Masamichi Kogai, Representative Director, President and CEO of Mazda, said. “On behalf of Mazda, let me express my gratitude to each and every person who bought one of our cars. With our undying challenging spirit and a great deal of hard work, Mazda will continue to make even more appealing cars that will enrich the lives of their owners, and help us build a strong and lasting bond with our customers.”

If you’re looking for a car whose internal organs beat with a human pulse, a pulse that aims to treat the environment and the road with equal respect, you’re looking for one of Steet Ponte Mazda’s SKYACTIV-equipped vehicles. See you soon!