Make a Resolution to Be a Safer Driver

Mazda Vehicle Interior in McKinney, Texas

As the 2018 starts, many of us are thinking of ways that we can improve ourselves and our lives. This includes most people promising to lose weight or save money. But, if you are tired of making the same resolutions and failing each year, it is time to try something new. Consider resolving to be a safer driver this year.

Driving is something most of us do every day; there are plenty of opportunities to work on it. Here are a few ideas.

  • Put your phone away. Promise yourself that you will not ever pick up your phone while driving. Put it out of reach and pull over if you really need to talk or text.
  • Have a seatbelt rule. Make it a rule that everyone riding in your car has to buckle up before you will start driving.
  • Be a defensive driver. This means you need to pay attention to what other drivers around you are doing—look for drivers using their phones, for instance. Always expect the unexpected.
  • Maintain your vehicle. Get caught up on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance. A properly working car is a safer car.

Do you think you could incorporate at least one of these goals into your daily driving? Want to start fresh this year with a newer, safer car? Come visit us at El Dorado Mazda.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Updates Improve Handling and Safety

New 2018 Mazda CX-9 in McKinney, Texas

The latest generation of the Mazda CX-9 came out in 2016. But, already for 2018, it’s receiving some great updates. These 2018 Mazda CX-9 updates include improved handling, more standard safety features, enhanced comfort for backseat passengers, and more.

To improve the Mazda CX-9’s handling, it now comes standard with G-Vectoring Control. This system puts more weight on the front wheels to reduce engine torque. This makes the steering tighter and gives more control to the driver.

Another update this year is the addition of standard Smart City Brake Support. This automated braking system works at speed under 19 mph and will automatically apply the brakes if it detects a potential collision. Additional standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

With additional insulation this year, the CX-9 offers an even quieter ride than before. Mazda says it has improved the comfort and arrangement of the second and third rows, which will make everyone in the family more relaxed.

To learn more about the 2018 Mazda CX-9, stop by El Dorado Mazda today and take it out for a test drive. Once you experience its thrilling ride and superb standard features, you won’t want to drive anything else.

Holiday Events Near McKinney: ‘Tis the Season

Holiday Events Near McKinney

Hop in your new Mazda vehicle and start exploring the McKinney, TX area. There are tons of holiday events near McKinney for you and your family, whether you’re looking for an adventure or simply a fun way to relax. There’s truly something for everyone when it comes to holiday celebrations.

According to Event Brite, one of the top local events is the Golden Corridor’s Christmas Dinner Party. Held at the Heritage Ranch and Golf Country Club on December 9th at 6:30pm, this dinner party is a gala you won’t want to miss.  There will be a range of activities and celebrations for a fancy evening.

There’s also an upcoming McKinney Christmas celebration at the end of November called the Home for the Holidays event. Held from November 24th to 26th, this event will feature a visit from Santa, a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, food, a petting zoo, and more. There will even be a Ferris wheel for everyone to ride.

Finally, check out the Rudolph Run 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run on December 2nd. From 7am to 11am, there will be a 5k, as well as a non-competitive 1-mile run. There are multiple divisions for those of various ages and skill levels, and the event will be in nearby Allen, TX.

These are just some of the fun holiday events we at El Dorado Mazda can’t wait to attend.

Redesigned Mazda6 Sedan to Premiere at 2017 LA Auto Show

The Mazda6 sedan is getting a new look, setting new standards for automotive design and engineering. Mazda recently announced that the redesigned Mazda6 sedan will make an appearance at the 2017 LA Auto Show, and it now has sweeping contours, a signature fascia, and a suite of new technologies.

According to Mazda, the Mazda6 is getting a “Mature Elegance” design, which features high-quality interior materials like Japanese Sen Wood and exclusive accents. There’s also a range of updated i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems to give you added protection, while a SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine will be added for the upcoming model year.

“The Mazda6 is the flagship of Mazda’s passenger car lineup,” stated Mazda in a press release. “The development team’s goal for this round of updates, the third since the model was fully redesigned in 2012, was to enhance the daily lives of people who love cars, incorporating premium details and new engineering concepts and technologies based on Mazda’s human-centered design philosophy.”

Mazda’s goal by 2030 is to rethink mobility via sustainable design efforts, and the latest Mazda6 is part of that process. Improved aerodynamics and lightweight materials help to improve gas mileage, while the SKYACTIV engine technology reduces emissions compared to older generations.

We at El Dorado Mazda can’t wait to see the latest Mazda6 on our dealership lot.

redesigned Mazda6 sedan

New Features of the 2018 Mazda CX-9

New 2018 Mazda CX-9 in McKinney, Texas

Crafted to fit your every need, the new 2018 Mazda CX-9 is brimming with fresh features. You’ll find the Mazda CX-9 to be stylish, spacious, and full of advanced technology and safety features. It’s rated as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, so you’ll feel confident while driving; and, its versatility allows you to depend on in its ability to meet your various demands.

Particularly notable is the addition of a some more standard safety features this year. The new 2018 Mazda CX-9 offers SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, which is an advanced technology that allows for more control while driving, helping you steer with accuracy and feel more intuitively connected to your vehicle.

The new Mazda CX-9 also offers standard Smart Brake Support and Smart City Brake Support, which helps detect anything that may lie in your path and helps you brake to prevent or reduce collision. Also effective in helping you avoid collisions is the Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert—in addition to a few other lane-oriented safety technologies—which help you change lanes with more confidence. Further safety features are available upon request, but the standard features are impressive in their own right.

Designed with top-quality materials and technologies, the new 2018 Mazda CX-9 will not disappoint. The Mazda CX-9’s new features make this model impressive at all of its trim levels. If you would like to experience the new Mazda CX-9 for yourself, come into El Dorado Mazda and take one for a drive.

McKinney’s Home for the Holidays McKinney Festival Will Boost Your Holiday Spirit

Home for the Holidays in McKinney, Texas

Come to the historic 14-block downtown area of McKinney, Texas for Home for the Holidays, November 24-26. This annual Christmas celebration is in its 37th year, and will provide fun and festive activities for the whole family. Kick off the beginning of the holiday season with the rest of the community and with neighbors from the surrounding area.

You can expect to be entertained and filled with holiday cheer. On the evening of first day of the festival (Friday, November 24th), a 34-foor Christmas tree will be lit in the city’s square, so bring your family out to see it and take plenty of pictures.

The weekend festival will also feature live traditional Christmas music, dancing, and local arts, crafts, and food vendors to shop from. The festival has a wealth of activities for children, including visits with Santa, costumed characters that are sure to bring a smile to children’s faces, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo. There will even be a Ferris wheel and a carousel to boost everyone’s spirits.

Admission is free and there will be plenty of convenient public parking surrounding the festival. We at El Dorado Mazda hope to see you at McKinney’s Home for the Holidays!

Awesome and Adorable Halloween Costumes for Couples

Halloween Costumes in McKinney, Texas

Your kids have had their Halloween costumes picked out for the past year, but you still have no idea what you are going to be. For a great costume, team up with your significant other and try one of these Halloween costumes for couples.

  • Robin Hood. Show off your love by dressing as Robin Hood and Maid Marian. Make sure to add a bow and arrow so everyone knows who you are.
  • Jack and Jill. We all know what happens at the end of this nursey rhyme. Dress as a battered Jack and Jill and don’t forget your pails.
  • Jack and Sally. Dress up as everyone’s favorite Halloween couple from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Pumpkin King and his ragdoll love will be a hit at any Halloween party.
  • Woody and Jessie. Team up as everyone’s favorite Toy Story Your kids should love this one, too. You could even create a family theme with them dressing up as their favorite toy characters.
  • Mary Poppins and Bert. Dress up as this fun-loving pair and be sure to brush up on your singing and dancing skills.

Which of these couple costumes would you love to do? Come show off your costumes here at El Dorado Mazda.

Details on Mazda CX-3 Updates for 2018

2017 Mazda CX-3 in McKinney, TexasEntering into its third model year, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 gets a few updates. This year’s Mazda CX-3 updates include new standard features and an upgraded chassis. You can find the 2018 CX-3 at El Dorado Mazda now.

One of the most significant updates is the addition of Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support on all trims. This feature comes standard on all trims now. Smart City Brake Support works in low speed conditions, such as city driving up to 19 mph. It uses an infrared laser mounted on the front of the car to detect the vehicle in front. If the system detects an imminent collision, it will prepare the brakes. If the driver does not respond in time, the brakes will be applied to attempt to avoid, or at least reduce the severity of, a collision.

To help improve the Mazda CX-3’s quiet ride, the 2018 model will come with key chassis changes. This includes revised suspension bushings, adjusted dampers, new front lower control arms, and new engine mounts. In addition, thicker rear glass and better door seals contribute to a quieter ride overall.

Come experience all that the 2018 Mazda CX-3 has to offer with a test drive at El Dorado Mazda today.

Mark Your Calendars for the Annual McKinney Oktoberfest

September is here, and that means fall is coming. Everyone is ready to participate in the fun festivals and events that autumn brings our way. Here in McKinney, Texas, we celebrate the annual McKinney Oktoberfest at the end of September. If you live in the community or nearby, make sure you mark your calendar for Oktoberfest, coming up from September 22nd-24th.

Oktoberfest takes place in Historic Downtown McKinney on Main Street, bringing traditional local breweries and nearby restaurateurs for a celebration of all the delicious fare McKinney has to offer. With lots of traditional German goods, it’s easy for event-goers to immerse themselves in the fun activities and atmosphere of the festival. There will also be vendor stalls featuring locally-made crafts and art, in addition to tons of live entertainment, from music to games to a Weenie Dog Race.

You can purchase tickets for food, beverages, and rides online in advance so that you can beat the lines, but you don’t have to pay anything to get in; the event is free! Come to have fun with your community and welcome the beginning of autumn at the McKinney Oktoberfest in the Historic Downtown Area.

Those of us at El Dorado Mazda hope to see you there!

Back-to-School Safety Tips for Driving Parents

Back to School - McKinney, TexasDropping off your kids for class in the morning? Here are some back-to-school safety tips you should keep in mind to keep your kids—and everyone else’s—safe and sound.

  • Go Slow: School zones have slower speed limits for a reason. Make sure you obey the speed limit and follow all traffic laws while in a school zone to prevent a collision and ensure students get safely to school.
  • Watch for Pedestrians: Some children walk or ride their bikes to school. Pay attention to cross-walks and crossing guards, but there may also be some pedestrians jay-walking, so be aware of where you’re driving.
  • No Cell Phones: It may be tempting to call work to let them know you’ll be late or get some errands out of the way as you drop off your kids, but limit distractions by staying off the phone.
  • Be Mindful of the School Bus: The school bus should not be passed while it’s stopped and has its flashing red lights on, but you should also be careful of driving around and near a bus regardless of whether it’s stopping or moving.

Follow these back-to-school safety tips from us here at El Dorado Mazda to ensure your students get home and to school safely.