Archive for July 31, 2014

2016 Mazda2 Will be Unveiled at Paris Motor Show

2014 Mazda2The Mazda2 has been on the market in its current form for seven years now, but that is soon about to change. Mazda has finally revealed its successor and announced its unveiling would occur at the Paris Motor Show this October.

The new 2016 Mazda2 takes heavily after the Hazumi concept the automaker had previously unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, including the wheel design and the sharply creased front end. This brings it more in line with the rest of the Mazda lineup, like the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5, which are all characterized by the KODO “soul of motion” design language.

Details are so far limited, though we do know engine options will center around a 1.5-liter four-cylinder in both gasoline and diesel versions. It’s unlikely the diesel will make its way to the United States, but there are rumors of a PHEV model. It’ll also include Mazda’s MZD connectivity suite and i-Activesense safety technology.

Learn more about the Mazda2 at Steet Ponte Mazda!

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.

Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists – Do’s and Don’t’s

MotorcyclistsFor many, sharing the road with motorcyclists can be intimidating. Despite the “tough guy” attitude we often associate with motorcyclists, they seem so much more vulnerable than those of us protectively encased within our four-wheeled vehicles. That’s because they are. But that doesn’t mean we have to be nervous driving around them. Here are a few of our Steet Ponte Mazda do’s and don’t’s for safe driving with our two-wheeled friends.

Do: Give Them Space

When following any vehicle, it is important to leave enough space to react to sudden changes – last minute turns, sudden braking, etc. When following a motorcycle, it is even more important. Make sure you have at least four seconds of space between you and the motorcycle in front of you. That means when the motorcycle passes a given road sign or building, you should be able to count to at least four before you pass the same point.

Don’t: Anticipate Their Movements

Motorcycles don’t have self-canceling turn signals like our cars, so don’t assume you know which way a motorcyclist is headed. Especially at intersections where you are crossing paths with a motorcycle, try to make eye contact with the driver and wait until you know for sure where he or she is turning before you proceed.

Do: Check Your Blind Spot

As in any case, be sure to check your blind spot before merging or switching lanes. If you know there is a motorcycle near you, make sure you locate it before you move. The driver could be maneuvering through traffic and trying to switch lanes as well.

Driving around motorcycles doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. Essentially, you want to follow the same safe driving habits you normally practice with a little more caution and giving them a little more space. The road is big enough for all of us to share.

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!

Preparing Your Car for Annual Vehicle Inspections

annual vehicle inspectionsFor many, summer is not only the season for vacation; it’s also the season for annual vehicle inspections.  While we admit that taking your vehicle to be inspected is a lot less fun than taking your car on a road trip with family and friends, we do have a few tips to make the process as painless as possible.

  1. Before you take your vehicle in for inspection, check to make sure all of your lights are working. If a light is out, this can be an easy fix that will help your vehicle pass inspection the first time around.
  2. Examine your tires. Be sure the air pressure is at the recommended level. You’ll also want to check your tire tread. If it is worn, be advised you may need new tires before your vehicle will pass inspection.
  3. Not surprisingly, the condition of your brakes plays a key role in your car passing inspection as well. Take a look at your brake pads and make sure they aren’t worn and in need of replacement.
  4. The inspector won’t ignore the warning lights on your dashboard, so neither should you. We at Steet Ponte Mazda would be happy to diagnose any issues your vehicle may have. It could be something as simple as a routine oil change.
  5. Before you go, gather your insurance and registration documents. You’ll need to present both before your car is inspected.

For more information on what to expect during inspection, check out the New York DMV website.

With a little bit of preparation and diligence in paying attention to the messages your car is sending, vehicle inspections don’t have to be a dreaded part of the season. You can quickly pass the test and look toward your next summer destination.