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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!

Road Trip Games for the Entire Family

Road Trip GamesArriving at a summer vacation destination is always an enjoyable activity for the entire family. However, getting there can often be less enjoyable. With many road trips taking quite a while to complete, it can be easy for passengers to become bored or restless. In order to make the trip more fun and interesting, consider playing one of these road trip games for the entire family:

  1. I Spy

During your summer road trip, you are certain to pass by some interesting sights. That’s why I Spy is the perfect game to play on your trip. Your passengers will have a great time keeping their eyes peeled for unique sights on the road.

  1. 20 Questions

During this game, participants have 20 questions to figure out what object one of them has come up with. With 20 questions per round, this game is a great way to pass the time.

  1. Name that Song

If your vehicle has a pretty good sound system and you have a pretty diverse collection of music, then you can play Name that Song. Participants listen to the first part of a song or musical tune and try to guess what it is.

By playing these games, you are sure to have a more enjoyable experience reaching your destination!

Travel Tips for Your Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer which means traveling, barbecue’s, swimming and spending time with family and friends. The most traditional way to travel is by car which means that this weekend you can expect some traffic. Here at Steet Ponte Mazda, we know you’re ready to kick off summer and are eager to get to your final destination, but here are some tips to keep safe while you travel this Memorial Day weekend.

Travel tips - road tripTiming is Key – If you’re able to set your schedule, take an extra day off of work to travel to avoid high traffic times. Also try driving at night since it will be cooler outside, the kids will sleep and you will probably burn less fuel. Semi’s usually take breaks at night so there will be less cars and trucks driving.

Switch Drivers – No matter how far or close your final destination is, switching drivers is always a smart idea. This allows everyone to stretch their legs, get anything they need out of the back, refuel the car and yourself and it will help reduce driver stress. If you are driving a longer distance, try swapping out drivers every two or three hours.

Pack Smart – Usually when you are getting ready for your trip and packing everything up, you pack twice as many clothes as you really need and not enough snacks. Snacks keep adults and children happy in the car and it will reduce stress, and even possibly tantrums. No matter where you are traveling to, you can always find a laundry center or shopping center in every town. If you run out of clothes you can always go wash them at the Laundromat or get some new threads at a store in town.

Stop Along the Way – If you switch drivers then stopping will come naturally. With some planning you can find some interesting places you can pull over and explore. Take some time to map out your route and see if there is any fun or unique places to stop along the way. This will break up the monotony of the road and gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs, a snack and drink before hitting the road again.

Remember to always get your car checked out before you head out for a long weekend road trip! Stop by our service department and let them look over your vehicle before you set out!

Repair a Dent in Your Car

Repair a Dent in Your CarSmall and medium-sized dents can be a blemish on your otherwise perfect car. Luckily for you, spending hundreds isn’t the only way to ensure your car returns to its state of perfection. Odds are you can do it yourself without even leaving the garage. We here at Steet Ponte Mazda have a few do-it-yourself remedies to repair a dent without spending much money.

  • Suction – A plunger can provide enough suction to remove a small- or medium-sized dent without spending any money. Grab a cup plunger (the one used on sinks) and apply water to both the plunger and the dent. Next, place the plunger over the dent and push and pull. The suction will fix the dent.
  • Heat and Cool – By using a hair dryer and can of compressed air, you may be able to cause the metal to pop the dent out on its own. Heating the dent with the air dryer will cause the metal to expand. Once it’s hot enough, turn the can of compressed air upside down and spray. The metal will contract as it cools.
  • Last Resort – If all else fails and you want to avoid a repair shop, consider buying a specialty kit. Although they sometimes they work and other times they don’t, spending $20 to $30 on a kit that does fix the problem is better than spending hundreds for the same result. At the very worst, you’re out $30 and you live with the dent or head to the repair shop.

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!

2017 Mazda CX-9 Production Starts in Japan

2016 Mazda CX-9 - 2017 Mazda CX-9 ProductionAt the 2015 L.A. Auto show we were introduced to the 2017 Mazda CX-9; a seven-seat crossover SUV that is set to go on sale this spring. The 2017 CX-9 went into production earlier this week in Japan and we couldn’t be more excited.

The Mazda CX-9 is a three-row vehicle that comfortably seats seven. The spacious interior will have brown Nappa leather seats and wood trim. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 will feature an all-new turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 250-horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The “Kodo-Soul of Motion” design philosophy from Mazda will also be evident on the 2017 Mazda CX-9. This design philosophy is featured on the new Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5 and CX-3 models.

We have high hopes for the CX-9 and so does Mazda. Mazda expects about 80 percent of global sales of the CX-9 to come from the United States. Here at Steet Ponte Mazda, we are anxiously awaiting the spring and the arrival of the 2017 Mazda CX-9! Stay tuned for more information on the 2017 CX-9!

Mazda RX Vision Concept Wins “Most Beautiful Concept” Title

The Mazda RX Vision concept made its debut in the second half of 2015 at the Tokyo Motor Show and was met with incredible success. Enthusiasts and insiders alike scrambled to get a look at the revival of the Mazda RX nameplate, and Mazda has since brought the concept to various other events to show off the RX Vision’s sleek good looks and elegant but powerful performance. One such event was the recent 31st Festival Automobile International, at which the RX Vision concept won the “Most Beautiful Concept” award.RX Vision concept - Mazda

Mazda has a history steeped in sporty, light, fun-to-drive little cars, and the RX Vision is a continuation of a long and rich pedigree of sleek, aerodynamic coupes with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive powertrain. Other cars in the running for the award at the 31st Festival Automobile International includes the likes of the Porsche Mission E, Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6, and the Peugeot Fractal, but it was the RX Vision concept’s elegant tweaks to Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy that won over the judging panel.

This isn’t the first award that the RX Vision concept has taken home. Mazda’s global design division acquired three more awards last year at the Automotive Brand Contest 2015, one of which was the most reputable award at the ceremony, the Team of the Year title. The Mazda RX Vision was on display in Paris until January 31st following the show.

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!

2015 Mazda Drive for Good Helps Those in Need

2015 Mazda Drive for Good - 2016 Mazda CX-3The holiday season is a time when people feel more generous and want to help those in need. Every year at this time, Mazda holds what it calls the Drive for Good to benefit both national and local nonprofit agencies.

“Mazda Drive for Good isn’t about selling cars. It is about giving back and building awareness,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO, in a statement. “Many people may think that we are building awareness for Mazda, but part of our goal is to build awareness for our nonprofit partners, that helps them long term, not just during the Mazda Drive for Good event.”

In the 2015 Mazda Drive for Good campaign, Mazda will donate $150 to one of four national charities or 46 local groups for every new Mazda purchased or leased between November 23rd and January 4th. In addition, for every test drive during this time, Mazda will donate one hour of volunteer work from its associates.

If you’re looking for a new car this holiday season, give some good while you’re at it. Stop by Steet Ponte Mazda today. If you purchase or lease a new Mazda, you can choose from among the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Mazda Foundation, or Autism Speaks, which is the local charity for our region.

Check Out These Two Bold, Custom 2015 Mazda SEMA Models

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata - 2015 Mazda SEMA ModelsMazda made a serious appearance at this year’s SEMA Show, with two flashy concepts that turned heads throughout the entire event. Both concepts are custom editions of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata – one is a soft-top Spyder and the other an open top Speedster.

The silver MX-5 Spyder has a carbon fiber aero kit, grille intake, and body tonneau cover, as well as 17-inch racing wheels and a maroon-accented top. Contrastingly, the “Blue Ether” MX-5 Speedster is a teal blue, with no top at all.

The Speedster also boasts an incredibly low weight, approximately 200 pounds less than the Spyder. No doubt this teal stunner would be impressively fuel-efficient, with such a trim figure.

Of course, neither of these cars is scheduled to actually go into production, but it does give us an insightful look into what Mazda is currently working on. And we at Steet-Ponte Mazda certainly have no complaints about models such as these.

You can view images of the 2015 Mazda SEMA models here, then let us know what you think in the comments.