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Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's DayIf you want to experience an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day this year, all you need to do is drive 40 minutes south from El Dorado Mazda in McKinney, Texas down to Dallas. The city will be celebrating its 39th annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 17th, 2018.

The popular spring event is presented by the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA), a local Texas 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All of the proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will go to GAABA. The Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest of its kind in the Southwest. The two-mile parade route starts at Greenville at Blackwell St. and ends at Yale Blvd/SMU Blvd by the 75 Central Expressway. The parade will begin marching at 11am.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is expected to feature over 90 parade floats, over 1,700 parade participants, and should have over 125,000 onlookers in attendance.

The Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade is made possible by sponsors like Mavericks, Uber, 97.1 The Eagle, iHeart Radio and More. Don’t miss this Southwest tradition this year! Join in as a participant, or just enjoy as a spectator. Either way, it promises to be memorable.

Mazda Driving Study Says People Don’t Want Self-Driving Cars

While much of the automotive industry is spending its time dreaming of futuristic self-driving vehicles, Mazda has a different priority in mind. The brand—whose slogan is “Driving Matters”— believes in a world where buyers still enjoy the experience of driving. As evidence, a recent Mazda driving study that polled European drivers discovered that 66% of drivers across Europe would like to drive their own vehicle, even if self-driving cars are readily available.

Those polled in the UK specifically were even more supportive of a future filled with human drivers. A total of 70% of those polled in the UK voted against a future ruled by self-driving cars.Mazda CX-3

That’s not to say that the Mazda vehicles at El Dorado Mazda and other dealerships won’t have any autonomous technology. The brand prioritizes technology as much as it does smooth engineering and sleek design. But instead of striving for completely autonomous vehicles, the company aims to provide autonomous features that can work with the driver as tools for extra awareness of potential collisions.

Mazda firmly believes in the pleasure of driving—especially when it comes to its lineup, which you can find at El Dorado Mazda. Currently, the company has no foreseeable plans to take the driving experience away from its loyal customers, and we’re glad for that.

New Mazda Concept Cars Dazzle at Tokyo Motor Show

This past October at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled two new concept cars: the Kai Concept and the new Vision Coupe. They both flaunt bodies with futuristic, sporty contours and styling.

The Vision Coupe is a low-sitting, modern sports car that is both elegant and ferocious. It has a beak-inspired front end that is complemented by its wing-like contours on the sides. The side mirrors are replaced by cameras, and the rear end has inset taillights and tailpipes.

Its interior is similarly smooth and luxurious, with rounded finishes in high-quality materials such as leather on the seats and wheel and attractive wood trim. The Vision Coupe’s interior foregrounds the wheel and gear stick, with the console spanning thinly across the dash.

The Kai Concept is similar to the Vision Coupe, with smooth lines contrasting interesting angles, recessed headlights, taillights, tailpipes, and cameras instead of side mirrors. The Kai Concept features Mazda’s innovative and state-of-the-art SKYACTIV-X engine, along with two elegant front-to-back sunroofs, which offer sweeping light from the windshield to the rear of the car.

We at El Dorado Mazda are excited for the future of Mazda cars, and we think you should be too.

Best Places to Take Your Valentine’s Date in McKinney

Valentine's DayThis Valentine’s Day, celebrate the holiday with your special someone by taking them out for a night on the town. There are plenty of places in McKinney for you to take your date; treat them to a romantic dinner, or cozy up and enjoy some wine at a local vineyard. Here are a few recommendations from us at El Dorado Mazda to help make your Valentine’s Day special.

Gregory’s Bistro – If you are looking for an upscale, romantic restaurant, look no further than Gregory’s Bistro. It hosts a special Valentine’s Day dinner that is sure to make for a romantic evening.

Abacus – This local spot shines, offering wonderful food and a romantic atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood or some classic American fare. Abacus is delicious, from the lobster to desserts.

Rick’s Chophouse – If you are looking for a classy atmosphere with excellent steak, Rick’s Chophouse is your place. You and your loved one will have a memorable, tasty evening here.

Mitas Hill Vineyard – Enjoy a local vineyard and some delicious wine at Mitas Hill. You will love the wine, the views of the vineyard, and each other’s company.

We hope that this Valentine’s Day is a special, memorable day for you and your special someone in beautiful McKinney!

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!