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Make a Resolution to Be a Safer Driver

Mazda Vehicle Interior in McKinney, Texas

As the 2018 starts, many of us are thinking of ways that we can improve ourselves and our lives. This includes most people promising to lose weight or save money. But, if you are tired of making the same resolutions and failing each year, it is time to try something new. Consider resolving to be a safer driver this year.

Driving is something most of us do every day; there are plenty of opportunities to work on it. Here are a few ideas.

  • Put your phone away. Promise yourself that you will not ever pick up your phone while driving. Put it out of reach and pull over if you really need to talk or text.
  • Have a seatbelt rule. Make it a rule that everyone riding in your car has to buckle up before you will start driving.
  • Be a defensive driver. This means you need to pay attention to what other drivers around you are doing—look for drivers using their phones, for instance. Always expect the unexpected.
  • Maintain your vehicle. Get caught up on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance. A properly working car is a safer car.

Do you think you could incorporate at least one of these goals into your daily driving? Want to start fresh this year with a newer, safer car? Come visit us at El Dorado Mazda.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Updates Improve Handling and Safety

New 2018 Mazda CX-9 in McKinney, Texas

The latest generation of the Mazda CX-9 came out in 2016. But, already for 2018, it’s receiving some great updates. These 2018 Mazda CX-9 updates include improved handling, more standard safety features, enhanced comfort for backseat passengers, and more.

To improve the Mazda CX-9’s handling, it now comes standard with G-Vectoring Control. This system puts more weight on the front wheels to reduce engine torque. This makes the steering tighter and gives more control to the driver.

Another update this year is the addition of standard Smart City Brake Support. This automated braking system works at speed under 19 mph and will automatically apply the brakes if it detects a potential collision. Additional standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

With additional insulation this year, the CX-9 offers an even quieter ride than before. Mazda says it has improved the comfort and arrangement of the second and third rows, which will make everyone in the family more relaxed.

To learn more about the 2018 Mazda CX-9, stop by El Dorado Mazda today and take it out for a test drive. Once you experience its thrilling ride and superb standard features, you won’t want to drive anything else.

Holiday Events Near McKinney: ‘Tis the Season

Holiday Events Near McKinney

Hop in your new Mazda vehicle and start exploring the McKinney, TX area. There are tons of holiday events near McKinney for you and your family, whether you’re looking for an adventure or simply a fun way to relax. There’s truly something for everyone when it comes to holiday celebrations.

According to Event Brite, one of the top local events is the Golden Corridor’s Christmas Dinner Party. Held at the Heritage Ranch and Golf Country Club on December 9th at 6:30pm, this dinner party is a gala you won’t want to miss.  There will be a range of activities and celebrations for a fancy evening.

There’s also an upcoming McKinney Christmas celebration at the end of November called the Home for the Holidays event. Held from November 24th to 26th, this event will feature a visit from Santa, a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, food, a petting zoo, and more. There will even be a Ferris wheel for everyone to ride.

Finally, check out the Rudolph Run 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run on December 2nd. From 7am to 11am, there will be a 5k, as well as a non-competitive 1-mile run. There are multiple divisions for those of various ages and skill levels, and the event will be in nearby Allen, TX.

These are just some of the fun holiday events we at El Dorado Mazda can’t wait to attend.

Redesigned Mazda6 Sedan to Premiere at 2017 LA Auto Show

The Mazda6 sedan is getting a new look, setting new standards for automotive design and engineering. Mazda recently announced that the redesigned Mazda6 sedan will make an appearance at the 2017 LA Auto Show, and it now has sweeping contours, a signature fascia, and a suite of new technologies.

According to Mazda, the Mazda6 is getting a “Mature Elegance” design, which features high-quality interior materials like Japanese Sen Wood and exclusive accents. There’s also a range of updated i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems to give you added protection, while a SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine will be added for the upcoming model year.

“The Mazda6 is the flagship of Mazda’s passenger car lineup,” stated Mazda in a press release. “The development team’s goal for this round of updates, the third since the model was fully redesigned in 2012, was to enhance the daily lives of people who love cars, incorporating premium details and new engineering concepts and technologies based on Mazda’s human-centered design philosophy.”

Mazda’s goal by 2030 is to rethink mobility via sustainable design efforts, and the latest Mazda6 is part of that process. Improved aerodynamics and lightweight materials help to improve gas mileage, while the SKYACTIV engine technology reduces emissions compared to older generations.

We at El Dorado Mazda can’t wait to see the latest Mazda6 on our dealership lot.

redesigned Mazda6 sedan

New Features of the 2018 Mazda CX-9

New 2018 Mazda CX-9 in McKinney, Texas

Crafted to fit your every need, the new 2018 Mazda CX-9 is brimming with fresh features. You’ll find the Mazda CX-9 to be stylish, spacious, and full of advanced technology and safety features. It’s rated as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, so you’ll feel confident while driving; and, its versatility allows you to depend on in its ability to meet your various demands.

Particularly notable is the addition of a some more standard safety features this year. The new 2018 Mazda CX-9 offers SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, which is an advanced technology that allows for more control while driving, helping you steer with accuracy and feel more intuitively connected to your vehicle.

The new Mazda CX-9 also offers standard Smart Brake Support and Smart City Brake Support, which helps detect anything that may lie in your path and helps you brake to prevent or reduce collision. Also effective in helping you avoid collisions is the Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert—in addition to a few other lane-oriented safety technologies—which help you change lanes with more confidence. Further safety features are available upon request, but the standard features are impressive in their own right.

Designed with top-quality materials and technologies, the new 2018 Mazda CX-9 will not disappoint. The Mazda CX-9’s new features make this model impressive at all of its trim levels. If you would like to experience the new Mazda CX-9 for yourself, come into El Dorado Mazda and take one for a drive.

McKinney’s Home for the Holidays McKinney Festival Will Boost Your Holiday Spirit

Home for the Holidays in McKinney, Texas

Come to the historic 14-block downtown area of McKinney, Texas for Home for the Holidays, November 24-26. This annual Christmas celebration is in its 37th year, and will provide fun and festive activities for the whole family. Kick off the beginning of the holiday season with the rest of the community and with neighbors from the surrounding area.

You can expect to be entertained and filled with holiday cheer. On the evening of first day of the festival (Friday, November 24th), a 34-foor Christmas tree will be lit in the city’s square, so bring your family out to see it and take plenty of pictures.

The weekend festival will also feature live traditional Christmas music, dancing, and local arts, crafts, and food vendors to shop from. The festival has a wealth of activities for children, including visits with Santa, costumed characters that are sure to bring a smile to children’s faces, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo. There will even be a Ferris wheel and a carousel to boost everyone’s spirits.

Admission is free and there will be plenty of convenient public parking surrounding the festival. We at El Dorado Mazda hope to see you at McKinney’s Home for the Holidays!

Details on Mazda CX-3 Updates for 2018

2017 Mazda CX-3 in McKinney, TexasEntering into its third model year, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 gets a few updates. This year’s Mazda CX-3 updates include new standard features and an upgraded chassis. You can find the 2018 CX-3 at El Dorado Mazda now.

One of the most significant updates is the addition of Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support on all trims. This feature comes standard on all trims now. Smart City Brake Support works in low speed conditions, such as city driving up to 19 mph. It uses an infrared laser mounted on the front of the car to detect the vehicle in front. If the system detects an imminent collision, it will prepare the brakes. If the driver does not respond in time, the brakes will be applied to attempt to avoid, or at least reduce the severity of, a collision.

To help improve the Mazda CX-3’s quiet ride, the 2018 model will come with key chassis changes. This includes revised suspension bushings, adjusted dampers, new front lower control arms, and new engine mounts. In addition, thicker rear glass and better door seals contribute to a quieter ride overall.

Come experience all that the 2018 Mazda CX-3 has to offer with a test drive at El Dorado Mazda today.

Mazda CX-5 Safety Features Earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

2017 Mazda CX-5 in McKinney, Texas

In case you didn’t know, Mazda CX-5 safety features include a range of intelligent upgrades, which is a reason the CX-5 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Top Safety Pick+ rating is the highest designation a car can receive from the IIHS, and this award is evidence of the impressive safety features possessed by the CX-5.

According to Mazda, the CX-5 has received this award from the IIHS five years in a row. Safety features include Smart City Brake Support, standard LED headlights, and more. In order to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the CX-5 had to earn a “good” rating in five areas, as well as “advanced” in front crash prevention and “acceptable” or “good” in headlight ratings.

“Our Mazda Proactive Safety Philosophy guides us to develop cars and crossover SUVs that are nimble and direct-feeling to help a driver avoid incidents altogether. Our vehicles are designed and engineered to help protect the driver and passengers if a collision happens,” said Masashi Otsuka, VP of research and development at Mazda North America.

Other new safety features include Mazda Radar Cruise Control to help you maintain a safe following distance, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition to ensure you stay alert on the road. To see the range of new safety features on the 2017 Mazda CX-5, visit El Dorado Mazda.

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.