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Consumer Guide 2017 Best Buys Mazda awards

Mazda Has Four Cars at the Top of the Consumer Guide 2017 Best Buys List

Mazda is bringing home more awards, including a recent accolade from the Consumer Guide 2017 Best Buys list. Four models were named top in their class, including the Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3, and Mazda MX-5 Miata. If you’re looking for a truly award-winning ride, check out the latest from Mazda’s 2017 lineup.

According to Mazda, the Consumer Guide list is based on a range of attributes, especially value. In other words, the company is looking for the highest quality, affordability, and features. Mazda vehicles come with high scores in each of these categories, making them great buying options for virtually any driver. The Mazda3 took home the gold in the Compact Class, the Mazda6 in Midsize Car, the CX-3 in Subcompact Crossover, and the Miata in Sporty/Performance Class.

As stated by Consumer Guide Automotive, “a vehicle does not become a Best Buy solely on objective ratings. It also has to distinguish itself as being a good dollar value compared to others in the class.”

Mazda also recently won several other awards, including one from Wards for the turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine and from Autoweek for the “Motorsports Constructor of the Year.” Nothing tops Mazda vehicles, and the 2017 model year is proving just how great this brand truly is.

fixing a flat

Changing a Flat Tire Made Easy: Tips for Blowouts

Changing a flat tire can be difficult, especially in bad weather, heavy traffic, or if you’ve simply never done it before. That’s why we’ve put together some tips and tricks for what to do if you get a flat. From preparation to tightening the lug nuts, there are some important things to keep in mind.

To begin with, according to Car Talk, you should test out your equipment. Know where the spare tire is located, which can be under the car or in a compartment in the trunk, and be sure to test out the jack. If it’s difficult to use, consider buying a new one. Also, see if you have trouble lifting the tire. If you can’t manage, consider getting fix-a-flat, run-flat tires, or roadside assistance.

Next, if you get a flat tire, you need to get to safety. Many highways have emergency lanes for this exact situation, but those can still be dangerous in heavy traffic. You can drive roughly 300 yards on a flat tire before you begin to damage the rim (depending on the blowout and other factors), so try to find an exit or empty parking lot. It’s not a good idea to accept help from strangers, as this can be dangerous as well. Be sure to use your hazards and flares, too.

Finally, there are some tips for actually changing the tire. Loosen the nuts when it’s on the ground, as it can be difficult with the tire spinning in the air. Then, use the emergency brake when lifting the car. When tightening lug nuts, move in a crossing pattern, tightening the lug nut on the opposite side of the wheel. Once you tighten the lug nuts in a star-like pattern, the wheel will be more secure.

What’s next? Bring your flat into our service center. Our staff can help you find new tires, fix flats, or repair other damage.