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Mazda Named Best Car Brand of 2018

2017 Mazda3 in McKinney, TX

When you’re shopping for a new car, it’s likely you want the best of the best. Well, that now means you should be checking out the Mazda models we have on our lot because Mazda recently achieved the Best Car Brand of 2018 by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row.

Mazda managed to come out on top again despite having a small-sized lineup of vehicles. According to Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars, this was due to its “top-notch performance that puts an emphasis on direct, sporty handling, as well as quality interiors that are more upscale than their price tags might suggest.”

The Mazda3 outshone the competition, thanks to its impressive efficiency numbers, premium-level cabin, innovative infotainment system, and available hatchback body style. Deaton noted, “The Mazda3 is one of the sportiest compact cars on the market, but it also offers the civility and comfort required to make it an excellent daily commuting partner.”

U.S. News determined the winner of this prestigious award by averaging the overall score of every brand’s model that fit the award class. These scores are based on the publication’s own rankings, which e reliability data, safety scores, and the consensus of the automotive press to determine a vehicle’s score.

Celebrate this latest award for the brand by stopping by El Dorado Mazda to test drive your favorite model.

Mazda CX-3 Redesign Makes This Crossover Edgier Than Ever

Mazda CX-3 might be the smallest crossover in the Mazda lineup, but its new redesign is about to make a big splash. Earlier this year during the New York International Auto Show, Mazda unveiled the Mazda CX-3 redesign and it’s a lot edgier and more refined than it was previously.

On the outside, the CX-3 looks more elegant than before with a few subtle differences. A new grille and chrome accents give the crossover a premium feel, while the Piano black accents, cylindrical taillight design and the 18-inch wheels with a multi-faceted spoke design give it an edgy look.

The inside has seen even more drastic changes, including a new design for the center console, wider front seats, available leather seating, and a new rear-seat center armrest with cupholders. Mazda’s also made the cabin quieter with thicker door panels, rear-door glass, and headliner.

Along with these changes, the powertrain and suspension has also seen a bit of a revamp. The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine has been tweaked slightly to offer better fuel-efficiency and more torque, bumping its numbers to 148 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Low-profile tires will help reduce braking distances, while the suspension and the power steering has undergone a fine tuning.

For more information about the Mazda CX-3 redesign, contact us at El Dorado Mazda.

Mazda Named Best Car Brand of 2018

 

Mazda cars

With an award-winning lineup including vehicles like the Mazda3, Mazda6, and MX-5 Miata, Mazda has positioned itself to crush the competition—and critics have taken notice. In fact, U.S. News & World Report recently named Mazda the Best Car Brand of 2018. The automaker is no stranger to this recognition; in fact, 2018 marks the third year in a row that Mazda has claimed this fiercely coveted title.

Why has Mazda won this distinction for three years running? Managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars, Jamie Page Deaton, seems to think it is the performance angle that the manufacturer has taken with its models, including its sporty handling. Deaton also points to the quality of the interiors of Mazda models, especially the Mazda3, Mazda6, and MX-5 Miata—without sacrificing the brand’s characteristically low prices. Specifically, Deaton highlighted the Mazda3 model’s efficiency and easy-to-use infotainment system.

So how was Mazda chosen scientifically? U.S. News & World Report editors looked at each brand’s lineup of cars only (which excluded trucks, SUVs, etc.), and averaged their scores, which are based on reliability data, safety testing, and critical reviews. Mazda came out with the top scores once again.

Witness the pleasing performance, graceful contours, and contemporary cabins of the 2018 Mazda lineup when you visit us at El Dorado Mazda.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's DayIf you want to experience an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day this year, all you need to do is drive 40 minutes south from El Dorado Mazda in McKinney, Texas down to Dallas. The city will be celebrating its 39th annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 17th, 2018.

The popular spring event is presented by the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA), a local Texas 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All of the proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will go to GAABA. The Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest of its kind in the Southwest. The two-mile parade route starts at Greenville at Blackwell St. and ends at Yale Blvd/SMU Blvd by the 75 Central Expressway. The parade will begin marching at 11am.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is expected to feature over 90 parade floats, over 1,700 parade participants, and should have over 125,000 onlookers in attendance.

The Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade is made possible by sponsors like Mavericks, Uber, 97.1 The Eagle, iHeart Radio and More. Don’t miss this Southwest tradition this year! Join in as a participant, or just enjoy as a spectator. Either way, it promises to be memorable.

Mazda Driving Study Says People Don’t Want Self-Driving Cars

While much of the automotive industry is spending its time dreaming of futuristic self-driving vehicles, Mazda has a different priority in mind. The brand—whose slogan is “Driving Matters”— believes in a world where buyers still enjoy the experience of driving. As evidence, a recent Mazda driving study that polled European drivers discovered that 66% of drivers across Europe would like to drive their own vehicle, even if self-driving cars are readily available.

Those polled in the UK specifically were even more supportive of a future filled with human drivers. A total of 70% of those polled in the UK voted against a future ruled by self-driving cars.Mazda CX-3

That’s not to say that the Mazda vehicles at El Dorado Mazda and other dealerships won’t have any autonomous technology. The brand prioritizes technology as much as it does smooth engineering and sleek design. But instead of striving for completely autonomous vehicles, the company aims to provide autonomous features that can work with the driver as tools for extra awareness of potential collisions.

Mazda firmly believes in the pleasure of driving—especially when it comes to its lineup, which you can find at El Dorado Mazda. Currently, the company has no foreseeable plans to take the driving experience away from its loyal customers, and we’re glad for that.

New Mazda Concept Cars Dazzle at Tokyo Motor Show

This past October at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled two new concept cars: the Kai Concept and the new Vision Coupe. They both flaunt bodies with futuristic, sporty contours and styling.


The Vision Coupe is a low-sitting, modern sports car that is both elegant and ferocious. It has a beak-inspired front end that is complemented by its wing-like contours on the sides. The side mirrors are replaced by cameras, and the rear end has inset taillights and tailpipes.

Its interior is similarly smooth and luxurious, with rounded finishes in high-quality materials such as leather on the seats and wheel and attractive wood trim. The Vision Coupe’s interior foregrounds the wheel and gear stick, with the console spanning thinly across the dash.

The Kai Concept is similar to the Vision Coupe, with smooth lines contrasting interesting angles, recessed headlights, taillights, tailpipes, and cameras instead of side mirrors. The Kai Concept features Mazda’s innovative and state-of-the-art SKYACTIV-X engine, along with two elegant front-to-back sunroofs, which offer sweeping light from the windshield to the rear of the car.

We at El Dorado Mazda are excited for the future of Mazda cars, and we think you should be too.

Best Places to Take Your Valentine’s Date in McKinney

Valentine's DayThis Valentine’s Day, celebrate the holiday with your special someone by taking them out for a night on the town. There are plenty of places in McKinney for you to take your date; treat them to a romantic dinner, or cozy up and enjoy some wine at a local vineyard. Here are a few recommendations from us at El Dorado Mazda to help make your Valentine’s Day special.

Gregory’s Bistro – If you are looking for an upscale, romantic restaurant, look no further than Gregory’s Bistro. It hosts a special Valentine’s Day dinner that is sure to make for a romantic evening.

Abacus – This local spot shines, offering wonderful food and a romantic atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood or some classic American fare. Abacus is delicious, from the lobster to desserts.

Rick’s Chophouse – If you are looking for a classy atmosphere with excellent steak, Rick’s Chophouse is your place. You and your loved one will have a memorable, tasty evening here.

Mitas Hill Vineyard – Enjoy a local vineyard and some delicious wine at Mitas Hill. You will love the wine, the views of the vineyard, and each other’s company.

We hope that this Valentine’s Day is a special, memorable day for you and your special someone in beautiful McKinney!

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.