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New 2017 Mazda CX-9 Safety Features Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The latest 2017 Mazda CX-9 safety features are more extensive than ever before, including updated driver assist technologies. In fact, the Mazda CX-9 recently earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), one of the top awards in the industry. With three rows of seating, tons of power, and extensive safety, the Mazda CX-9 is perfect for virtually any driver.

 

According to Mazda, the car earned “good” ratings on collision and occupancy tests, including the latest headlight standards from the IIHS. With standard LED lighting, the Mazda CX-9 also ensures you always have great visibility. Other features include optional systems like automatic emergency braking, Smart Brake Support, predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, and more.

“We wanted to create a vehicle that could delight couples or shuttle families with…effortlessness,” said Mazda program manager Masashi Otsuka. “Now, we are proud to say that the IIHS has recognized CX-9 for its safety, highlighting the achievements of our engineering team.”

In addition to remarkable safety features, the Mazda CX-9 excels in other areas. The model was named one of the “10Best Trucks and SUVs” by Car and Driver, and it also earned a spot on WardsAuto’s “10 Best Interiors” list.

If you’re looking for a truly versatile ride, check out the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 at El Dorado Mazda today.

Increase Your Credit Score with These Tips

Your credit score is a numerical rating that determines your creditworthiness. In other words, it lets lenders know how reliable you are as a borrower. Not only can a bad credit score lead to application denials, but it may also increase your interest rates in the long run. There are some basic steps you can take to increase your credit score.

According to myFICO, the first thing you should do is regularly check your credit score. You can get a free copy once every 12 months by going to annualcreditreport.com or you can sign up for a service through a company by paying for your score. It’s important to stay up-to-date so you can notice any inconsistencies on your report, an issue that happens more than you might think.

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Next, pay your bills on time and sign up for autopay. Payment history is the largest factor in your score (about 35%), which means that if you miss payments it can have serious consequences. If you are having trouble paying bills, contact creditors and/or seek a credit counselor.

You should also keep balances low on “revolving credit” accounts, like credit cards, and don’t open too many accounts too rapidly. Many young creditors try to improve their score by opening more accounts, but this can backfire if you borrow too much at one time. If you do get new credit accounts, try to focus on positive types of credit like mortgages or student loans, as opposed to credit cards.

For more information about credit scores or financing, talk to our experts in the finance department at El Dorado Mazda. Our goal is to get you behind the wheel of your dream car and save you as much money as possible. Maintaining your credit scores is one of the best ways to do that.

Mazda Has Big Plans for the CX-5 Diesel Engine

The US market doesn’t seem to care much about diesel engines. Oftentimes, diesel gas is cheaper, diesel-powered vehicles are more efficient, and engines running on diesel fuel are more powerful. So, what gives? Whatever the case, Mazda has plans to change that soon with the new Mazda CX-5 diesel engine. Many automakers tend to keep their diesel engine offerings to the pickup truck lineups, but with a diesel option now on one of the brand’s most popular and trendy crossovers, Mazda is hoping that 10% of Mazda CX-5 buyers will opt for the diesel engine.

2017 Mazda CX-5 in McKinney, Texas
The popular 2017 Mazda CX-5 will have a diesel engine option available.

The 2.2-liter diesel engine isn’t coming to the Mazda CX-5’s lineup until this fall, but that’s not stopping the manufacturer from setting goals in advance. Considering the Mazda CX-5 sold about 112,000 units last year, that means Mazda has a target of about 11,500 sales of the diesel-powered model. Mazda is currently awaiting EPA approval for the SkyActiv-D engine, but because its engineers tuned the engine to comply with strict environmental regulations, Mazda reps are confident the diesel option will get a pass.

Pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates for the Mazda CX-5 diesel engine is not yet known, but officials say it will only be available on upper-range trim levels. Mazda says this will also give the company the opportunity to observe American consumers’ buying habits so they can adjust their long-term business strategy.

For more information on the new Mazda CX-5 diesel, contact us today at El Dorado Mazda!

How to Host a Kid-Friendly Bonfire Party

Summer Bonfire in McKinney, TexasWarm weather means longer days, shorter nights, bare feet on pavement, and just-crisp-enough breezy evenings that are absolutely perfect for hosting a bonfire with friends. Hosting a kid-friendly bonfire party is an awesome way to help your little ones socialize over the summer months while also enjoying the weather. Here are some great ideas for activities.

Campfire Songs

This one is a classic. If you know any campfire songs of your own, it can be fun to get the kids and their friends involved and teach them an old favorite. Bonus points if it has interactive movements.

Roasting Food

S’mores are obviously a fan-favorite, but hot dogs are also a great food to roast over an open fire. Just make sure they get cooked all the way through.

Scary Stories – or Not

Telling spooky ghost stories around the fire has also withstood the test of time, but if you’re afraid to upset the children, choose to make up stories instead. Start by having one person start with a sentence, and go around the circle having everyone add on.

Capture the Flag (with Glow Sticks)

If the kids get bored of sitting around the fire, you can mix things up by handing out glow sticks and having them play Capture the Glow Stick rather than standard Capture the Flag. It’s a fun way to take advantage of the dim light of evening.

Having a kid-friendly bonfire party is a cinch. The kids can be in charge of making their own food and having everyone together in the same space cultivates a fun and close atmosphere on a warm summer evening.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Earns 10 Best Interiors Award

If you are looking for a three-row crossover that both performs well and look good, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is what you need. Earlier this year, the CX-9 earned a Wards 10 Best Engines Award for its SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, and now it is being honored again with a Wards 10 Best Interiors awards.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Interior

“We’re thankful that WardsAuto recognized CX-9 as a ’10 Best Interiors’ winner, as it speaks to the success of our fledgling ‘Mazda Premium’ brand focus and the evolution of our KODO—Soul of Motion design language,” said Julien Montousse, director of design, Mazda Design Americas, who personally led the design of CX-9’s interior.

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 went through a complete redesign to launch the second-generation of the popular crossover. It offers numerous available luxurious amenities, including Auburn Nappa leather, LED interior accent lighting, genuine rosewood and aluminum trim, and more.

With these upscale features on the Grand Touring and Signature trims, Mazda is seeing a lot of new customers, including many from premium and luxury brands. In fact, about 60% of CX-9 buyers are opting for these top two trims.

Come see the premium interior offered in the 2017 Mazda CX-9 at El Dorado Mazda today.

Celebrate National Teacher’s Day with These Car Gifts for Teachers

National Teacher's Day

If your kids attend school, you know how hard teachers work. May 6th is National Teacher’s Day, and when combined with the near end of the school year, this is a perfect time to show your appreciation. Since we love cars, here are some car gifts for teachers that are sure to brighten their day.

  • Car wash. Get their car looking fresh and clean again with a good wash. You could either gift them with a gift certificate to a local car wash or covertly wash their car yourself while they are teaching.
  • Detailing. For an even cleaner car, give them a gift certificate to get their car detailed.
  • Coffee break. Many of us drink a cup of coffee while driving to work and we’re sure that teachers are no exception. Use some investigative skills and learn what their favorite coffee shop is. Get them a gift basket filled with goodies, like a gift card, new travel mug, and coffee.
  • Car accessories. Give your teacher’s car a good look to see if they are missing any necessities, like a windshield sun shade or steering wheel cover. Talk to other teachers to see if they can drop some hints to give you some feedback as to what your teacher would really like.

If you are looking for some great car accessories, stop by our parts department here at El Dorado Mazda.

Mazda to Add Smartphone Integration Compatibility to Lineup

2017 Mazda CX-5 - Smartphone Integration Compatibility

Mazda has officially announced that it plans to add smartphone integration compatibility across the lineup, but hasn’t released an official date just yet. The Japanese automaker made the official announcement at the debut of the 2017 Mazda CX-5. Best of all, the new smartphone integration technologies won’t be limited to brand new models.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities will come to the Mazda lineup in the near future. New vehicles won’t be the only models available with the technologies. Drivers will be able to upgrade retroactively with additional hardware. The catch: the vehicle must be equipped with Mazda Connect.

Mazda Connect, the brand’s infotainment system, launched in the 2017 Mazda3 and has made its way to each model through the lineup. Enthusiasts and experts expect something similar to occur with the release of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Japanese automaker has partnered with both smartphone integration systems since 2014, so new software arriving in Mazda vehicles has been a long time coming. While the brand doesn’t have an official timeline just yet, drivers can expect to see more details on the rollout plan in the near future.

We here at El Dorado Mazda are pumped to see such innovative technologies arriving throughout the lineup!

How to Spring Clean Your Car

Spring Clean Your Car - Air VentsWith spring weather on the loose, it’s that time of year where you gotta stop making “it’s too cold” excuses and clean your car. El Dorado Mazda knows sometimes this can be an undertaking, so here are some top-notch points to get you started on the perfect automobile spring cleaning.

Get Out the Trash

This is the obvious one. Get a trash bag and a keep box, and just get everything out of your car that you don’t need with you every day. Don’t forget to hit the trunk, too.

Don’t Overlook Air Vents

The air vents in your car can be a major place to accumulate dust—and what’s worse, it blows it all over the interior. Use foam art brushes to get into those tiny places.

Scrub & Vacuum Carpet

Use a fine-bristled brush to knock the dirt out of all the nooks and crannies in the interior and scrub stubborn dirt out of the mats and carpet, then take a vacuum to your floors.

Hand Wash Exterior

Doing a good old-fashioned hand wash is the way to go. Just make sure you use a special soap formulated for washing cars; regular dish or hand soap can speed up wear and tear.

Do the Windows Last

Cleaning windows last will prevent them from getting other parts of the vehicle dirty. Use a cleaner without ammonia and use a microfiber cloth for a streak-free clean!

It’s easier than you think to clean your car in a way that gives it a lasting shine or if you’d rather a professional clean your car, schedule a service appointment at El Dorado Mazda today!

Unique Local Spots to Visit in McKinney

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McKinney Water Tower – By me – Own work, Public Domain

Unique Local Spots

As the weather gets warmer, people in McKinney are ready to start exploring unique local spots where they can have fun outdoors. We at El Dorado Mazda think you should check out some of these places for a cool and unusual experience.

Chestnut Square:

This historic village park is designed to preserve the culture and history of the area with historical reenactment actors and authentic settings. Explore six local historic homes and the people who lived in them.

Adriatica Village:

A more recent establishment, Adriatica Village brings the charm and architecture of a European village to modern life, with everything from residential housing to retail and restaurant businesses.

Mitas Hill:

This one’s not for the little ones. Enjoy the stunning landscape of the Mitas Hill vineyards and enjoy any of many locally made glasses of wine. You can even hop over to the wine bar for great food made on site.

Collin County Farm Museum:

It doesn’t get much more quirky than this! Explore Collin County’s rural roots and get in touch with the earliest farming settlements in the area at the farm museum. Various artifacts and restored exhibits are available to the public.

Hopefully one of these unique local spots has piqued your interest, so why don’t you pick a day and give it a whirl?

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.