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Mazda MX-5 Updates Include More Horsepower and Improved Design

Miata MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with some exciting updates, including a tuned powertrain and a new soft-top option. For those looking for the ideal roadster, the Miata might be the right answer. The latest powertrain adds an impressive 26 horsepower and 3 lb-ft of torque, while the refined exterior is bound to set you apart on the road.

According to Mazda, the Mazda MX-5 updates will include a “SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter engine that’s been specially tuned for the latest model year. There will also be an available brown soft top on the Grand Touring models, while a new aluminum steering column will reduce weight and improve speed. There’s also a standard rearview camera now — which is great for parallel parking — as well as available safety systems like Traffic Sign Recognition.

“The feeling you get on the open road in a lightweight roadster is unmatched. To build upon that feeling, Mazda’s engineers have enriched the 2019 MX-5 Miata’s “SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter engine to boast 17 percent more power and greater fuel-efficiency than last year’s model,” reads the Mazda press release.

For those looking for a little added power, you can also find a SKYACTIV®-MT system with Brembo brakes, alloy wheels, a rear bumper skirt, and more.

How to Decorate Your Vehicle for Halloween

Will you be passing out candy at a local trunk or treat this year? Don’t just show up in your regular Mazda3. Spice things up with some spooky decor. Here are some ideas for adorning your vehicle this Halloween:

  • Stick with the cobweb classics: Keep things old school by covering your car in fake spider webs. The webs will make it look as if your car was abandoned decades ago. Bonus points if you add in toy spiders and play creepy music from the stereo.
  • Go with a theme: If your children are passionate about a certain movie, time in history, TV show, or pop culture icon, follow their lead and decorate your vehicle accordingly. Popular options are Harry Potter, complete with a sorting hat to sort children into a house before giving them a corresponding candy (like green Jolly Ranchers for Slytherin); Bob’s Burgers, including a grill with delicious burgers parents will love too; and Founding Fathers, by converting your car into a classic horse and buggy and dressing up as George Washington and Honest Abe.
  • Fill the bed of your pickup with leaves: Pickup trucks provide the perfect platform for fall-time spooks. Load up the bed with fallen leaves, and mix in classic autumn decor like pumpkins and scarecrows.

 

Contact us at El Dorado Mazda to find out about local Halloween activities to participate in. We can also set you up with a test drive, if you’re in the market for a new ride.

2019 Mazda CX-9 Pricing Announced

Mazda CX-9 in McKinney Texas

In August, Mazda announced a number of new premium features for the 2019 CX-9, as well as a slight price bump over the outgoing model. New features include standard smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ on Touring trims and above. Mazda has also updated the 2019 CX-9’s suspension for a quieter ride and has added thicker floor mats and a thicker headliner.

In addition, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Touring model will get a new frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror. If you opt for the Touring Premium Package, Mazda adds a SiriusXM® subscription with Travel Link® Services. The Grand Touring trim gets ventilated front seats, a 360-degree View Monitor, and more. The Signature trim adds a Santos rosewood interior trim.

2019 Mazda CX-9 pricing will start at $150 above the outgoing 2018 CX-9 base model.1

  • The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport with front-wheel drive retails for $32,280 while i-ACTIV AWD® variant goes for $34,080. The Sport Package goes for $1,290 more.
  • The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Touring with front-wheel drive retails for $35,330 while the i-ACTIV AWD® variant goes for $37,130. The Touring Premium Package goes for $2,390 more.
  • The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring with front-wheel drive retails for $40,840 while i-ACTIV AWD® variant goes for $42,640.
  • The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature is only available with i-ACTIV AWD® and retails for $45,365.

Stop by El Dorado Mazda to test-drive the CX-9 today!

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Returns

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is back in action. Earlier this year, Mazda confirmed that we will get a 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and it will come with a long list of updates.

For starters, the same SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter engine that powered the previous Mazda MX-5 will remain, but Mazda has enhanced this efficient engine to offer a boosted 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. This increase in performance makes the MX-5 Miata more response and fun to drive.

Mazda has also revised the styling of its classic roadster. Inside, the MX-5 Miata gets new cup holders, an updated telescoping steering wheel, and revised seat levers and door steps. On the outside, the roadster gets new black metallic 17-inch wheels and an available brown canvas soft top.

Most importantly, Mazda has updated the suite of safety features for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata. For 2019, the MX-5 Miata features a standard rearview mirror and is available with i-ACTIVSENSE® features, including Smart City Brake Support and Traffic Sign Recognition.

We are not far off from the arrival of this upgraded roadster. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata will arrive here at El Dorado Mazda in McKinney, Texas, this fall, so visit for a test drive.

4 Upcoming Fall Events in McKinney, Texas, You Won’t Want to Miss

people dancing at a concert

Fall is finally here in McKinney, and while we still may have some of Texas’ hot weather, there are plenty of seasonal events to get us in the autumn spirit. Here are four fall events in McKinney you won’t want to miss:

  • Oktoberfest: Love good beer and delicious German food? Then head to downtown McKinney from Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, to experience a hearty dose of German culture. Get more info here.
  • McKinney Wine & Music Festival: If you enjoy delicious wine and live music, you’ll love the second annual Wine & Music Festival, held at Adriatica Village on October 20 from noon to 4 p.m. The festival is free, and (a set of 10) wine tasting tickets are $20; this cost includes a signature event wine glass. Get more info here.
  • Scare on the Square: Your kiddos will love this event on Wednesday, October 31 in Historic Downtown McKinney. Free to the public, this event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes family-friendly spooks, pumpkin races, and a costume contest. Get more info here.
  • Taste of McKinney: This November 3rd event will be held at Adriatica Village. The cost of admission includes unlimited food tastings, two drink tickets, live music, casino tables, dancing, and more. Get more info here.

Contact us at El Dorado Mazda for more ways to enjoy autumn in McKinney. We’ll be happy to share our favorite pastimes.

NHTSA Gives 2018 Mazda CX-9 Top Safety Ratings

2018 Mazda CX-9

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is more than just a pretty face — it’s a safe SUV, too. This three-row SUV was recently awarded the highest possible safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), receiving five starts overall for crashworthiness.

To earn this rating, the CX-9 had to undergo the NHTSA’s rigorous collision tests. It receive a combination of four and five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests to help give it its five-star overall rating.

One of the big factors in helping the CX-9 get such a great rating is thanks to its i-ACTIVSENSE® suite of driver-assistance technologies. This system offers ten different innovations including Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keep Assist, and Forward Obstruction Warning — but that’s not all.

Along with this safety technology suite, the CX-9 now comes standard with Smart City Brake. This is a new system that automatically applies the brakes if it senses an obstruction or hazard in front of it while traveling below 19 mph.

These active features aren’t the only thing protecting CX-9 passengers — Mazda also employs a SKYACTIV®-Body designed for passive safety. It has a ring structure and straight frame rails that help absorb impact when a collision occurs, helping you drive with more confidence than before.

Celebrate the CX-9 model’s latest safety rating by stopping by El Dorado Mazda for a test drive and to learn more.

Back-to-School Tips to Make Your School Year Better

mother with young daughter

It’s almost time to go back to school – do you feel like you’re ready? Shifting from summer to the school year isn’t always easy. To make it a bit better, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of back-to-school tips for parents.

Create a home file system. At the beginning of the school year, you will be getting a lot of paperwork from the school. Creating a file system at home will make it easier for you or your child to find the syllabus, permission slip, or reference material that’s needed at the moment.

Stock up on extra school supplies. You probably have the school supplies’ list from your children’s teacher on hand, but why not buy some extra supplies while you’re out shopping? Doing so will make sure your children are never short on poster board, index cards, or whatever else they might need, reducing the likelihood of late night moments of panic.

Keep track of your family’s schedule. Whether its sports, music lessons, or a big school project, try and keep track of your family’s schedule by using a planner. This can either be a large calendar that is posted in a common area or your own weekly one that can be carried in a purse. By writing down all the major events coming up, you will be able to get to where you need to go without too much stress.

If you’re in the market for a new family-hauler to start the school season off right, visit us at El Dorado Mazda.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Gets More Updates

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda is changing things up a bit for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata — and we have to say, we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of it. From a more powerful powertrain to a better steering wheel, here’s a look at a few of the changes that you will find in the newest Miata.

More power. For the 2019 model year, the Miata’s 2.0-liter gasoline engine will be getting a power boost. Rather than offering 155 horsepower, it will now offer 181, making it significantly more fun to drive.

More colors. Mazda likes to give you plenty of choice when it comes to interior and exterior colors — and now, you will have even more options. The exact color options haven’t been released just yet, but we’re guessing they’ll be flashy and suited to this roadster.

New safety options. You will find that there are some changes to the safety options on the 2019 Miata. Most noticeably, the brand has added features like Smart City Brake Support, which helps drivers avoid frontal collisions while driving at slow speeds.

Better steering wheel. For the first-time ever, Mazda is offering a telescoping steering wheel on the Miata. That means those drivers that are on the taller side can get even more comfortable when they’re behind the wheel of this vehicle.

Test drive the 2019 MX-5 Miata when it arrives on our lot here at El Dorado Mazda later this year.

Mazda3 Makes Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Car List Yet Again

When you’re looking for a car, do you consider its “cool” factor? Well, if you do, then you should be shopping at El Dorado Mazda. That’s because Kelley Blue Book recently gave the Mazda3 a spot on its list of the 10 Coolest cars under $20,000 for 2018.

This isn’t the first time that the Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Car list has included the Mazda3. In fact, since this car was debuted in 2003, it has appeared on the list each year. Not to mention the fact that this is the fifth year in a row that the Mazda3 has actually topped the list. That’s 15 years of superior coolness — you can’t beat that.

2018 Mazda3

To earn the title of a “cool car,” each model must be fun to drive and fun to own. Without a doubt, the Mazda3 is both of those things. Michael Harley, executive director for Kelley Blue Book, agrees: “Widely regarded as the best-looking and most fun-to-drive vehicle in its segment, the Mazda3 is the all-time champion of our budget-minded cool cars.”

The Mazda3 combines a svelte, athletic styling with a slew of standard interior and safety features that are sure to turn consumers’ heads.

Celebrate the Mazda3 model’s latest accolade by visiting us at El Dorado Mazda to take one for a test drive.

New Mazda Kai Concept Showcases Single Motion Design

Auto fans recognize Mazda for its signature look, which utilizes the brands well-known Kodo design language. There’s no doubt that it’s easy to recognize a Mazda when you’re driving down the street. Now, though, the brand is looking to branch out beyond its usual look—and it does just that with the Kai Concept.

During the New York Auto Show earlier this year, the Mazda Kai Concept introduced a brand-new design language called the Single Motion design—also referred to as “The Speed of Light.” It supplies smooth surfaces, highlighting the way that light and shadow reflects off the vehicle, while also hinting at the model’s athletic performance.

This departure from the previous Double Motion styling, which utilizes strong, accented edges rather than smooth lines, is worth a note—especially since it showcases Mazda’s ability to innovate. It also brings a futuristic feeling to the brand’s lineup, making it easy to get excited to see what the Japanese carmaker has in store down the road.

The Kai Concept itself hasn’t received a production or release date just yet, and we’re not sure if it ever will, but it certainly means that Mazda is taking progressive steps in the design realm. Stop by El Dorado Mazda for more information about this exciting style direction, and to test drive a new Mazda model.