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Mazda and Toyota Collaborate on New Six-Cylinder Engine

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Earlier this year, Mazda released the SKYACTIV®-X gasoline engine on the new Mazda3. Now, the automaker is collaborating with Toyota on a new inline six-cylinder SKYACTIV®-X engine.

Per The News Wheel, both manufacturers will use the engine on future production models. Mazda will likely incorporate it on the Mazda6, which is set for release sometime in 2022. Toyota will likely incorporate it on an unnamed, future four-door sedan model, though we’ll have to wait for more details on exactly which model that will be.

The newest partnership between Mazda and Toyota comes as no surprise considering the two companies’ past collaborations over the past few years. Per Forbes, the two OEMs joined forces in 2015 over long-term projects that will promote safety and fuel efficiency technologies. Two years later, in 2017, the duo enlisted the help of Japanese supplier Denso to develop electric-vehicle technologies.

We’ll have to wait a couple of more years to witness the upcoming inline six-cylinder SKYACTIV®-X engine that Mazda and Toyota are working on. In the meantime, we can expect both companies to continue to collaborate with Denso, as well as Lexus, on progressive projects that will advance green-energy and driverless-car technologies.

Give a head-nod to the blossoming partnership between Mazda and Toyota when you stop by El Dorado Mazda to experience the Mazda3’s SKYACTIV®-X engine for yourself. Or stop by to take another new Mazda model for a whirl.

Best Mazda Models for Traveling with Your Dog

dog riding in a car

Here in the U.S., we love our pets. In fact, many of us consider our animals to be part of the family. If you have one or more furry friends, you likely travel with them in the car. Vehicles with a roomy cabin, low ride height and easy-to-clean interior are ideal. If you are shopping for a new car to accommodate traveling with your dog, make sure you consider one of these well-equipped Mazda models.

Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact crossover perfect for small families. The backseat is spacious enough for your best friend, or you can fold down the rear seats to reveal up to 44.5 cubic feet of space. Choose between the standard cloth upholstery and available leatherette, which makes it easy to wipe away the fur.

Mazda CX-5

Moving up a step is the Mazda CX-5. While it may be a small crossover, its roomy interior has enough room for the whole family, including one or two dogs. Behind the second row, there is 30.9 cubic feet of space, plenty for Rover to lay down and relax.

Mazda CX-9

At the top of the Mazda crossover lineup is the Mazda CX-9. It comes standard with seating for seven passengers, meaning there is plenty of room to bring along your dog. The standard tri-zone climate control will keep everyone riding in comfort, no matter the weather outside.

Get a closer look at these dog-friendly Mazda models at El Dorado Mazda.

Mazda Diesel Engine Coming to Mazda CX-5

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Almost a decade ago, Mazda first introduced a diesel engine in its lineup. At the time, this engine was limited to overseas markets. Now, the Mazda diesel engine will finally be reaching our shores in the well-equipped Mazda CX-5 crossover. The diesel-equipped model is coming to showroom floors now.

The 2.2-liter SKYACTIV®-D four-cylinder diesel engine will have an output of 168 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. This engine will only be available initially on the top Signature trim and will come standard with all-wheel drive.

Mazda has a goal of ultimately selling 10 percent of Mazda CX-5 models equipped with the diesel option. This would equate to about 15,000 a year. Mazda said it had about 20,000 potential customers express interest in the diesel option, and people started placing orders for them earlier this spring.

In addition to the optional diesel engine, the Mazda CX-5 Signature model is equipped with premium features that give it a sophisticated feel and keep you riding in comfort. These include things like ambient interior lighting, driver-seat memory functions, wood trim accents, premium leather upholstery, heated rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors.

Learn more about the Mazda CX-5 at El Dorado Mazda.

Where to Take Your Mazda on Summer Drives Near Plano and Allen, Texas

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata in McKinney, TX

Summer in Texas means heat, heat and more heat. One fun way to help cool yourself down is with a relaxing summer drive in your Mazda MX-5 Miata. Take the top down and feel the wind in your hair as you try some of these summer drives near Plano and Allen.

Mitas Hill Vineyard

Head north from Plano or Allen and stop at this beautiful vineyard in McKinney. Take some backroads so you can better enjoy the drive, and plan to arrive near dinner so you can eat at the Wine Bar. Be sure to have a designated driver, and take home a bottle of wine to enjoy later.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Take the hour drive up to Ray Roberts Lake State Park for a relaxing day on the water. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy before you take a drive along the twisty park roads. End the day with a sunset stroll along the beach. If you want to stay longer, there are campsites and a lodge available.

Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve

For this trip, you are going to want to head south past Dallas to the beautiful Cedar Ridge Preserve. It includes 600 acres rich in wildlife. Explore the nine miles of walking trails and spend some time bird watching.

Before you set out on your summer drives, schedule a maintenance check with our service department at El Dorado Mazda.

Mazda Upscale Makeover Will Appeal to New Buyers

2019Mazda3Hatchback in McKinney, TXThis is a year of change for Mazda. Already known for creating performance-oriented vehicles that find the balance between premium offerings and athletic good looks, this carmaker tends to appeal to younger audiences. Now, it’s looking to broaden its appeal, focusing on consumers who want a taste of luxury in their everyday driver.

According to the new Mazda Chief Marketing Officer Dino Bernacchi, Mazda will now have a clear, unified message that will put the brand directly in the sweet spot between mass-market cars and their luxury counterparts. This Mazda upscale makeover will help cultivate vehicles that offer premium-level interiors and smart technologies without sacrificing affordable prices.

One of the results of this move toward the upscale automotive world is the addition of the “Signature” trim on many Mazda models. This includes the CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6 sedan. With this Signature trim, you will receive Nappa leather seats, premium wood trim, and all-wheel drive. You will also get an Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition, Pedestrian Detection, and climate-controlled seating.

With the addition of this new trim – and its focus on being more luxurious – Mazda is hoping to enter into competition with established European and other Japanese luxury brands. El Dorado Mazda is glad to see the appeal of Mazda reaching new buyers.

All-New Mazda CX-30 Debut in Geneva Creates Buzz

Mazda is shaking things up in its SUV and crossover lineup this year, introducing a brand-new model: the Mazda CX-30. The Mazda CX-30 debuted earlier this year at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. It highlighted the compact crossover’s roomy interior, sporty styling, and abundance of cargo capacity.

Powerful Powertrain

As of now, the CX-30’s United States engine specs haven’t been revealed. The European model, though, will come with two engine options. The first is a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline-powered option that utilizes a mild hybrid technology to get solid efficiency ratings. A 1.8-liter diesel will also be available, paired to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. This model will offer an available all-wheel-drive system.

Spacious Design

Mazda designed the CX-30 with versatility and space in mind for busy families. It is taller and more spacious than the CX-3, filling the gap between the CX-3 and CX-5. Along with offering 15.2 cubic feet of rear cargo space, the crossover will boast a sporty design, highlighted by sweeping bodylines and a sloping rear window that is similar to a coupe.

If you’re interested in the Mazda CX-30, contact El Dorado Mazda and we’ll let you know when it’s in stock.

Mazda Plans to Remove Touchscreens from Its Models

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Tablet-like touchscreens have become the norm in most new cars, trucks, and SUVs. They serve several purposes: infotainment system, navigation, rear camera visual, and more. But in a shocking move, Mazda plans to remove touchscreens from its lineup, starting with the 2019 Mazda3.

Contrary to what you might think, the move is not about saving money. In fact, Mazda plans to go back to tactile buttons and dials, which is actually more expensive than touchscreen technology.

So why is Mazda considering this change? It’s all about safety. Mazda did some research to understand how drivers interact with their touchscreens and how much it leads to distraction. Alarmingly, Mazda found that these screens take a lot of our attention because every surface of the screen feels the same, meaning we actually have to look to ensure we are pressing the right buttons. Mazda’s study also notes that drivers can accidentally turn the steering wheel while reaching for the touchscreen.

AAA and the University of Iowa’s Dr. Dan McGehee have also done research into the matter and concluded that using the touchscreen instead of buttons for tasks like adjusting volume and temperature requires more of our attention. Touchscreens also increase strain on our eyes, which can be damaging during long trips.

El Dorado Mazda is glad that Mazda cares about your safety and is dedicated to keeping your eyes on the road.

Mazda CX-30 Design Strikes a Balance Between Refined Styling and Exhilarating Fun

Mazda unveiled the all-new 2020 CX-30 compact crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The New CX-30 slots between the CX-3 and CX-5 and makes one thing certain: Mazda doesn’t intend to slow down any time soon. Featuring signature clean styling, an inspiring driving experience, and refined and well-equipped interior, the 2020 CX-30 is destined to be a popular new compact crossover.

Styling

As one would expect from the brand, the Mazda CX-30 design captures a sense of dynamic motion and confidence with flowing body lines and a clean, minimalist profile. A wide front grille and a low, solid stance add dramatic touches, while sleek headlamps and sloping roof will garner plenty of envious glances on the road.

Under the Hood

While we will have to wait for some specifics, we do know that the new CX-30 will come equipped with a potent 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. A mild-hybrid system will boost efficiency.

Interior

The all-new CX-30 will seat five passengers in a surprisingly spacious cabin. Standard tech will include a new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display and a rotary controller used to access an intuitive connectivity system.

When Mazda releases the 2020 CX-30, we will have it here at El Dorado Mazda, along with our other award-winning Mazda models. Contact us if you want to be alerted when it’s in stock.

Is Mazda a New Luxury Brand?

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With its attention to detail, sculpted styling, and innovative technology, Mazda’s lineup demonstrates the makings of a new luxury brand. Most drivers tend to compare Mazda vehicles to other Japanese marques, like Nissan, Toyota, and Honda; however, once they test drive Mazda models and their rivals, it’s clear that Mazda outpaces both its direct competitors and most premium brands.

With each new vehicle, Mazda’s designers and engineers up the ante. Although the Mazda CX-5 competes with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, the Mazda team designed a vehicle that could take on luxury crossovers, too. While priced comparably to Honda, Toyota, and Nissan,  the CX-5 includes features often found in luxury models. With its exciting driving dynamics, handcrafted details, and SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, the Mazda CX-5 can challenge the Audi Q3 and Lexus NX.

Mazda also has one signature model that’s unmatched by both luxury and mass-market competitors: the MX-5 Miata roadster. Now in its fourth generation, the Mazda MX-5 Miata raises the bar for class, design, and driving experience. Most competitors don’t offer a roadster, and those that do can’t match Mazda’s pricing or style.

Experience Mazda’s commitment to quality at El Dorado Mazda.

Tech Features on 2019 Mazda CX-5 Elevate

2019 Mazda CX-5 in McKinney, TX

Ever since its release in the 2013 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has captured the hearts of drivers and industry experts alike. Innovative from the start, the CX-5 was Mazda’s first vehicle to display the brand’s KODO: Soul of Motion design and offer the full set of SKYACTIV® technologies.

The CX-5 entered its second generation for the 2017 model year, “adding a quieter, more refined interior, sharp new exterior, and retaining its fun factor,” Motor Trend noted.

For the 2019 model year, the crossover boasts the powerful new SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine with Variable Valve Timing. All the while, the CX-5 continues to charm drivers as, according to Motor Trend, the “most stylish crossover in its class.”

Tech features on 2019 Mazda CX-5 include smart all-wheel drive, along with a wealth of comfort, convenience, and connectivity features. It also offers a comprehensive suite of i-ACTIVESENSE® safety tools, including Blind Spot Monitoring, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

With the 2019 Mazda CX-5, it’s easy to see why a legion of drivers have made the jump to Mazda and haven’t looked back. Come see why you should make the switch when you check out our lineup at El Dorado Mazda.