Archive for May 15, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s Fuel Economy Rises 25 Percent

Thanks to SKYACTIV Technology and some nifty weight-saving techniques, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s fuel economy is estimated to be about 25 percent better than the outgoing model.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's Fuel EconomyThe EPA estimates it’ll get 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and about 30 mpg combined when equipped with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission—which is, of course, the transmission we recommend at Steet Ponte Mazda. Proper roadsters like the MX-5 Miata can only be halfway experienced with an automatic.

If you do choose the automatic, fuel economy estimates stay the same except for a 2 mpg bump on the highway. We promise we won’t judge.

Either way, the new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine with its 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque should be giving you a nice time, especially since the new MX-5 Miata has lost about 150 pounds compared to the 2015 model. So in addition to being more economical, it’ll also be faster off the line and more nimble!

Spring Car Care Tips

It’s official. Spring is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to get your car ready for the hot summer months ahead. Winter can be rough on your car (especially here in New York), and you’ll be saving yourself headaches down the road if you address any issues now, before they become major problems.

Here are three car care tips for preparing for summer.

Car Care TipsHave the suspension and alignment checked. Potholes seem to take over our roads during the winter and spring. Potholes can cause serious damage to our car’s alignment and suspension when we hit them, even at low speeds. Ignoring an alignment issue can cause your tires to wear down prematurely.

Remove your snow tires. Snow tires are specifically designed to offer enhanced traction in snowy, icy, and wet conditions, but also reduces efficiency. It’s always best to remove your snow tires after the season’s last snow fall in favor of summer tires, so that your snow tires will last as long as possible.

Check your lights, windshield wipers, battery, and summer tires. Prepare for summer rain and fog by making sure that all burnt-out lightbulbs are replaced, your windshield wipers are effective, and your tires aren’t over-worn. Also have your battery tested – if it’s nearing the end of its life, we recommend having that replaced sooner rather than later.

Check out Consumer Reports for more spring car care tips.

Stop by Steet Ponte Mazda today to learn more about spring car care, and how to make sure your car is prepared for the coming months.