Celebrate Love with an Unconventional Valentine’s Day

unconventional Valentine's Day
It’s so sweet!

A romantic, candle-lit table for two is never a bad thing. But sometimes, a change of scenery is just what you need to celebrate your love for another. This year, try one of these unconventional Valentine’s Day dates.

Active Adventure

Instead of sitting in front of a movie theatre screen, plan a date where you and your partner can be active. Sip hot cocoa and work on your axles at the local ice skating rink. Or, take a rock-climbing class at a local facility.

Get Creative

If you and your partner are a little less athletic and a little more creative, look for different classes offered in your area. You might try painting, sculpting, writing or even all three. If you both have a love for good food, a couples cooking class might even start a new Friday night tradition.

Have an Indoor Take-Out Picnic

Instead of making reservations at a busy restaurant, create your own ambient restaurant at home. Lay blankets on the floor of your living room and set up candles and your favorite romantic music. Then, order your favorite take-out and pick up a nice bottle of wine or two and have a romantic night in.

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.

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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.

New Mazda CX-5 - McKinney, TX

All-New Mazda CX-5 Engine Option is a Diesel

Diesel engines are all the rage in the European automotive market, but they don’t have the same popularity in North America. This is about to change, though, thanks to Mazda. The Japanese carmaker recently announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the all-new Mazda CX-5 engine option will be the brand’s SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel.

“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s Executive Vice President and Representative Director.

This new diesel engine will arrive in the North American market for the second half of 2017. It will make the Mazda CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, thanks to the fact that it meets the region’s strict emission standards. In addition, the engine quiets the sound of diesel knock with technology like Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control.

The diesel engine isn’t just fuel-efficient, though—it is also powerful. It revs freely to high RPMs, which means that it will accelerate quickly and provide a fun driving experience for all drivers. When a driver chooses the new Mazda CX-5 engine option, they are sure to fall in love with driving all over again.

For more information on the all-new Mazda CX-5 and its features, stop in to El Dorado Mazda.

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Get These Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

Since the holidays are a time of giving, it’s important to find the right gifts for the loved ones in your life. If your loved one happens to love cars, then we have some great gift ideas for you. Here are some perfect holiday gifts for car lovers that will work with any budget.

 Speedometer cufflinks. Cufflinks are always a great gift for the men in your life, especially if they tend to wear suits. If this man also happens to love cars, then buying a pair of cufflinks that look like a car’s speedometer are a great gift idea. Allow the cufflinks to speak to the gift recipient’s love of vehicles, even when he’s in the conference room making a pitch.

 GoPro. Every racer wants to get better, which is why a GoPro camera is a top-notch choice if you have a slightly larger holiday gift budget than normal. This action-ready camera can be used in a multitude of ways, including being used to film leg and hand movements while a driver is going around the track. This allows them to see how to improve their driving skills, therefore improving their time. What better gift than a better lap?

 Driving school. Racetracks around the United States have a number of driving schools that will fulfill any racecar lover’s dream. No matter what type of racing your car lover enjoys, you are likely to find a school that will cater to it. These schools are expensive, though, so keep that in mind if you decide to give your car enthusiast the gift of driving.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

If you plan on traveling this holiday season, now is the time to make plans. Travelers who don’t plan ahead often run into more problems than those who do and that can raise stress levels. That’s something no traveler needs this holiday season which is why we’re here to help! Here are some holiday-saving Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at El Dorado Mazda.

  • Technology – Use all of the available technology to your advantage. Check out websites and apps that help find the cheapest tickets and plan the fastest routes. See whether you should balance fuel economy or travel time and plan accordingly. Best of all, real-time traffic updates are sent to navigation systems and apps that can help you avoid problems on the road.
  • Packing – How you pack can change the way you travel. Packing light will ensure that you don’t pay as much in the way of baggage fees while drivers will find a lighter load eases their mind. Instead of bringing everything along for the ride, send it to your destination through a mail carrier.
  • Planning – Flyers would do well to arrive at the airport a few hours early. Check in and find your gate. Arriving early is better than arriving late, after all. Drivers should plan their route and allow some extra time for unforeseen obstacles. Brings snacks and fuel up before leaving to ensure less frequent stops.
Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition Sells Out

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular roadsters are the road but the most recent limited edition proves just how popular it really is. The affordable roadster has seen its fair share of special editions and the 2017 model is bound to make it into rare car collections as time goes on. That said, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition sold out in under three weeks.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition was limited to a run of just 1,000 units, making it one of the rarest roadsters yet. The model itself commemorates the Retractable Fastback MX-5 Miata that used a retractable hardtop as opposed to the usual soft top.

The popular roadster’s limited edition sees Machine Gray Metallic and Auburn Nappa leather seating make it onto the list of standard features. As an added bonus, drivers who purchased the MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition will also receive a Tourneau MX-5 RF Launch Edition watch.

While the MX-5 Miata Launch Edition is officially sold out, buyers interested in the sporty roadster can check out the standard Mazda MX-5 RF which starts at around $32,000.

We here at El Dorado Mazda are happy to see the Mazda MX-5 Miata making such an enormous impression on roadster fans everywhere!

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How Mazda SKYACTIV® Tech Works

Any Mazda fan will recognize the words “SKYACTIV® Technology.” These breakthroughs in technology have allowed Mazda to go above and beyond when it comes to performance, delivering those fast, zippy speeds you’ve expected to come from the brand name. Mazda SKYACTIV® Technology was designed to use less fuel more efficiently to drain as much power as possible out of the engine, allowing Mazda’s lightweight cars to be as fuel efficient as they are powerful.

SKYACTIV® engines make use of technology that utilizes the world’s leading combustion ratio. What does that mean? In their quest to develop SKYACTIV® engines, Mazda set the bar high in search for the ideal combustion. What resulted was a compression ratio of 14:1, something that you just don’t see in any other engine on the market. Most conventional internal combustion engines only use around 30% of the potential energy their fuel produces.

Mazda SKYACTIV® Technology extends to the transmission, where Mazda has managed to seamlessly combine smooth transitions with more improved fuel economy. Both automatic and manual transmissions are available. The weight-reduced but more safe and rigid body and chassis allow for even more aerodynamic, lightweight reductions in fuel consumption. Basically, Mazda nailed their goal when it came to the development of SKYACTIV® Technology.

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We Host Local Miata Clubs

Here at El Dorado Mazda, we are dedicated and enthusiastic about everything Mazda. That’s why we like to host events for local Miata clubs, clubs dedicated to the ownership and love of Mazda Miata vehicles. If you have a Miata and would like to participate and meet like-minded individuals, or if you’d just like to look, check out some of these Miata clubs.

Lone Star Miata Club presides over the Dallas and Ft. Worth regions, which makes it the regional Miata club for the area our dealership is in.

Dallas Ft. Worth Miata is another club in the same area. Their community is more forum-based, so users can interact with one another online as well as at club events.

Tejas Miata, with its Austin-based focal point, has a social Facebook group where it posts events and fosters group discussion among members.

Houston Miata Club is, as it says in the name, located in the Houston area. The website is features tons of member perks, a gallery of gorgeous pics, and even a forum.

Bluebonnet Miata Club has monthly meetings for San Antonio Mazda Miata enthusiasts and also has an online community.

Check out these local Miata clubs if you’re looking for a group to share your love for the legendary Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Mazda SKYACTIV® tech

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition

Mazda’s most loyal customers will get the first shot to purchase the exclusive 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition. Production will be limited to 1,000 units and will come with unique feautres such as Machine Gray Metallic paint, Auburn Nappa leather interior trim, and a hand-painted black roof panel.

Eligible Mazda customers will get an email notifying them of the opportunity to pre-order this limited edition model. They will then have a specific time window to place their orders before it opens to the general public. Every RF Launch Edition will be made to order with only one available option—SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Every RF Launch Edition custom car will also come with a complimentary, custom-designed 42mm Tourneau watch.

Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. Operations, MNAO, said, “Rarely does any automaker have a vehicle that garners the sort of loyalty and enthusiasm MX-5 generates—something we don’t take lightly. MX-5 RF is the next chapter of this storied model line, and we can’t think of a better way to give back than to first offer this bespoke Launch Edition to those who have stuck with us, believing in our mission to deliver the best-driving vehicles on the road.”

If you miss out on the opportunity to purchase one of these unique models, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF will be coming to dealerships across the country early in 2017.