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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

unique local spots | El Dorado Mazda | McKinney, TX
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?

Best Places to Eat in Dallas

Places to eat in Dallas
Places to eat in Dallas

From Southern comforts to Tex-Mex to killer brunch or burgers, there are plenty of great places to eat in Dallas that everyone will love, no matter what your taste buds prefer.

Tacos

Tacos are one of many Dallas specialties. You’ll find deliciously seasoned carne asada tacos at Maskaras Mexican Grill, a lucha libre (Mexican professional wrestling) themed restaurant. Or, if you’re on the north side, stop at Urban Taco for fresh twists on classics.

Burgers

If you’re in Texas, you’ve got to try the Texas-based, 1950s chain Whataburger, which provides a classic—and classy—diner experience, promising excellent burgers and shakes. For something a little different, try Rodeo Goat where you can order the Royale With Cheese, featuring spiked ketchup and jalapeno bacon.

Brunch

If you’re a fan of carbs, then you really need to set aside a morning for brunch at Bread Winners Cafe. With a long list of waffles, pancakes and French toast flavors to choose from, you may want to set aside time for a nap, too. If you want something slightly more upscale and with a real Southern comfort food vibe, head to Hattie’s Restaurant where you can fill up on a Bloody Mary, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and other staples.

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.

Playground

McKinney All-Abilities Playground Opening Next Year

In 2016, a new accessible playground will open in McKinney, just ten minutes from the El Dorado Mazda dealership. We’re so proud to be located in a city whose Rotary Club and city government respond to the needs of McKinney’s disabled children, who make up 10% of the students enrolled in the McKinney Independent School District.

The McKinney All-Abilities Playground will be in Bonnie Werk Park, and construction will begin in spring of 2016, with the playground opening in the second half of the year. The playground will include a wide variety of unique equipment to make it accessible to children with physical disabilities as well as developmental disabilities, from wheelchair users to children living with muscular dystrophy to children with Down’s Syndrome and autism.

The project was approved by the city council in late September. The city will provide the funding to build the playground and will also maintain the park once it opens. Bonnie Werk Park will be expanded with special bathrooms, more parking spaces for vans and buses for group trips, and wheelchair ramps. Over the months, the Rotary Club and city have raised over $560,000 from McKinney citizens to build the park.

While you are in the area, you can stop by El Dorado Mazda for all of your Mazda vehicle needs!