Archive for March 27, 2017

5 Car Spring Cleaning Tips to Live By

car spring cleaning tips

Enlisting a friend not only cuts the work in half, but also makes the time fly!

Spring has sprung, and along with the warmer weather and lighter evenings comes that one thing that people either love or hate—spring cleaning. While you might assume that spring cleaning is limited to inside your home, it’s important to take your car into account when you plan out your cleaning schedule this year.

Winter is a dirty time, with salt and grit coating the outside and underside of your car for much of the season. That’s why it’s important for you to give your car a thorough scrubbing both inside and out. Consider these car spring cleaning tips from Steet Ponte Mazda before you get started…

  • Clean under your floor mats. While you’re sure to remember to vacuum the carpets themselves, there’s almost certainly gunk underneath the mats that needs removing.
  • Swap out your tires. If you switched to winter tires last fall, it’s time to switch back to your all-seasons.
  • Check for trash. It’s easy to let stuff accumulate in your car over the winter, since it’s too cold to think about cleaning it out. Make sure you check in your trunk and under your seats, and get rid of anything you don’t need.
  • Wash and wax. Washing is a given, but waxing is an important step you might not consider. Waxing helps seal the paint and repels water and other debris, so your car will look clean for longer.
  • Clean the seats. If you have cloth upholstery, wipe it down with a hot, wet cloth. Avoid using chemicals—if you encounter a particularly stubborn stain, a little dish soap will work wonders. For leather upholstery, use leather cleaner and cloth to get your seats gleaming.

Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start, and your car is no exception. Make these five car spring cleaning tips a yearly habit and your car will thank you!

Meet the All-New Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

All New-Model, Same Crossover Leader

The Mazda CX-5 has long been a leader in the crowded crossover segment, and thanks to a new redesign it’s sure to keep its crown even as other automakers continue to throw their hats in the ring.

Standard features on the base Sport trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, LED headlights, a backup camera, and MAZDA CONNECT. Higher trim levels add features like leatherette or leather seats, a power glass moonroof, heated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, and a power liftgate.

In all, the CX-5 offers three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. There’s also the option of adding the Preferred Equipment Package to the Touring, which includes a BOSE 10-speaker audio and various other premium features without having to upgrade to the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model.

The new Mazda CX-5 is safer than ever, thanks to the available i-Activsense safety package. This package includes radar-based adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, Driver Attention Alert, automatic braking, lane departure warning, and active LED headlights.

The new CX-5 is powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Drivers can also opt for i-ACTIV all-wheel drive on any trim level.

The new Mazda CX-5 will arrive at dealerships this month, so head over to Steet Ponte Mazda to check it out for yourself!