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Joe Bonavita is the Internet Sales Manager at Wantagh Mazda. He is a lifelong Long Island resident, and loves serving the customers at Wantagh Mazda.

Which is the perfect family-friendly crossover: 3, 5, or 9?

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Perfect Family-Friendly Crossover

There are likely a number of qualities that are important to you as you look for that perfect family-friendly crossover. Safety, efficiency, spaciousness, driving pleasure—these are items that would be on anybody’s list. And they are also qualities you will find across the 2017 Mazda SUV lineup…

2017 Mazda CX-3

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 might be the best choice for the efficiency-minded buyer. This subcompact crossover boasts 34 mpg on the highway*. It’s also safe. The CX-3 picked up the Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS (when equipped with the available Smart City Brake Support).

2017 Mazda CX-5

Looking for a combination of both a roomy cabin and excellent fuel economy? In that case, your best choice might be the Mazda CX-5. This crossover comfortably seats five while also boasting 31 mpg on the highway.

2017 Mazda CX-9

If you are in the market for an elegant three-row seven-seater with a strong emphasis on performance, there’s no other choice but the Mazda CX-9. With its turbocharged engine and available all-wheel drive, the CX-9 makes every drive rewarding.

As you search for an SUV that is perfect for your family, the only choice is between 3, 5, or 9. Stop in at Wantagh Mazda and lease the Mazda crossover/SUV that is right for you!

Fun Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family in Spring

Stumped on what to do for fun outdoor activities in the spring? Check these out!

Fun Outdoor Activities - Wantagh Mazda - Wantagh, NYHiking and a Picnic: When spring begins, plants and trees start to bud bright green! Enjoy the awakening of nature with a day out hiking nearby trails and finish up with a nice picnic.

Backyard Camping: If you don’t want to go all the way to the park or you have little ones, pitching a tent and camping in your own backyard can be a fun alternative.

Start a Garden: Want to teach your kids patience and responsibility? Beginning a garden with some simple, easy plants is a great, stress-free way to do so—and you get to reap rewards at the end of the summer when your harvest comes in!

Fly a Kite: This is a nostalgic way to spend a windy but warm afternoon. Take the family and a kite or two down to the park or even just to your own driveway and catch the wind.

Sidewalk Chalk: Another old-school favorite is to draw pictures in the street or sidewalk with sidewalk chalk! Just make sure to check neighborhood rules so you don’t get in trouble for vandalism.

Storm-Watching: Okay, so this doesn’t really involve going outside, but if you have a covered balcony, patio, or front porch, it’s nice to get a mug of hot cocoa and watch the rain.

Hopefully we at Wantagh Mazda have given you some cool ideas for fun outdoor activities for the whole family.

Five Reasons You Should Get the Mazda CX-5

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The crossover segment is packed with tons of options, so you might be wondering why you should get the Mazda CX-5. Here’s five awesome reasons why the 2017 CX-5 is the best option.

Less Noisy

Previous generations of the CX-5 were criticized for having a lot of engine noise, and Mazda listened. The 2017 CX-5 is quieter than ever.

Fun to Drive

Mazda’s known for infusing its affordable and practical everyday rides with a little bit of sporty fun, so the 2017 CX-5 adds a little athletic pep to your daily commute.

Backseat Features

Usually the front seats get the most attention, but with available features like USB charging ports and air-conditioning vents, plus tons of space, the rear seat passengers don’t take a backseat to the action.

Updated Technology

From a vehicle information head-up display to a brand-new adaptive cruise control system, the CX-5 is full of new tech.

More Compact

Competitors have been supersized to optimize space, but the CX-5 is versatile and smaller, making it a great city companion on tight streets.

Whether you’re a solo driver or hauling a family, we at Wantagh Mazda think you should get the Mazda CX-5 – it’s affordable, packed with modern amenities, and a fun drive.

 

Mazda Makes Drastic Improvements to Redesigned 2017 CX-5

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Redesigned

Mazda debuted the Cx-5 crossover back in 2013, right at the front of the crossover craze that swept the United States auto industry and was poised to take the world by storm. As a compact crossover, it was made to have sporty appeal and a fun driving experience in addition to having the versatility and space of a larger vehicle. Now, the redesigned 2017 CX-5 is back and better than ever with a long list of improvements.

New vs. Old

Prior to its redesign, the Mazda CX-5 was renowned for being attractive, a fun ride, and fuel efficient. However, there were a few issues – such as a noisy engine and a cheap interior. The new interior is packed with rich materials and the outgoing engine and transmission duo is being replaced with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a minor power boost. Additionally, inside the CX-5, the cabin is better insulated for a more relaxing experience.

The redesigned 2017 CX-5 still deliver the same driving experience and fuel economy we’d expect from a Mazda. With a lightweight and aerodynamic build that makes for more nimble handling while preserving fuel economy. Curious? Stop in Wantagh Mazda today and take the 2017 Mazda CX-5 for a test drive; it’ll blow your mind.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Woman cleaning her car

 

We don’t want to get too excited about the weather warming up, but spring sure feels like it’s coming soon. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your car ready for spring, so follow these easy tips!

Winter is harsh on your car, so a big part of getting ready for spring is cleaning up the mess winter left. Cleaning under your car is one of the most important things you can do, since built up slush and salt can stick and start to cause your car to rust, and it’s a spot we often forget to clean.

You’ll also want to clean the inside of the car out. Stepping in it with your wet, muddy shoes all winter has probably left it pretty grimy—wash or vacuum the carpets, clean off the seats, and scrub the inside of the windows and windshields.

Change your windshield wipers. You should do this about once a year, and they’ve just taken a serious beating. You’ll also want to switch back over to all-season blades if you have winter ones installed. Check the tire pressure and add or release air as necessary, since cold weather takes a toll on tire pressure.

Change your oil and top off any fluids that need it, since winter is rough on your engine and you may very well have lost some. And if you have questions or want to schedule post-winter service, we’re happy to help here at Wantagh Mazda!

Mazda CX-3 Awards and Accolades

2017 Mazda CX-3 awardsThe Mazda CX-3 awards collection has filled up in the short two years it’s been on the market. Safe, efficient, and powerful, the CX-3 is a favorite in the compact crossover market and has been recognized across the board by prestigious organizations like KBB, Car and Driver, and more.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named both the 2016 and 2017 CX-3 as a Top Safety Pick+, meaning they performed well in crash tests and earned a good rating when equipped with front collision mitigation technology. This designation isn’t awarded easily, and it proves both Mazda’s dedication to creating safe vehicles and the CX-3’s outstanding engineering.

Car and Driver has recognized the CX-3 as a top pick in the subcompact crossover segment, citing its “can-do attitude” and “taut handling with edgy styling.” New York Daily News awarded the CX-3 its City SUV award in its first ever auto awards in 2016, and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada named it the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The CX-3 is one of the best, most versatile vehicles in its segment, and we’re proud to sell it at Wantagh Mazda. If you’re interested in buying a new CX-3, stop by any time!

Ideas for Unique and Fun Valentine’s Day Dates

Valentine's Day DatesWhen it comes to Valentine’s Day dates, it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of “dinner and a movie” or spending the night in with some wine and Netflix. Don’t let Valentine’s Day get boring; plan one of these unique and fun nights out.

Wine Bar Crawl
It’s like a regular bar crawl, but classier! Instead of heading out to one place to wine and dine with your significant other, look up different wine bars and wineries around your town.

Karaoke
Do you and your sweetheart have a penchant for showmanship? Even if not, it’s fun to get up in front of people and thoroughly embarrass yourself singing a duet. Trust us, nobody sounds good – that’s the fun of it!

Comedy Show
A lot of comedy clubs will have Valentine’s Day themes in honor of the holidays, so look around your city for some places that will combine dinner with a few laughs.

Ghost Tour
Maybe you and your significant other have an interest in the paranormal. A lot of towns and cities will have tours of allegedly haunted spots in the area, so make a point to check those out.

Dine In – and Go Out for Dessert or Drinks
Trying to save a bit of cash? Cook a romantic dinner at home for the two of you and follow it up with a trip to a nice restaurant for dessert and/or cocktails.

These great Valentine’s Day dates are sure to give both of you lots of memories for a unique, fun, and – best of all – romantic night out.

Mazda Brings MX-5 Speedster Concept to Detroit

One of Mazda’s crowning achievemMazda MX-5 Speedsterents – among many, of course – is that of the MX-5 Miata. Enthusiasts have seen their fair share of Miata concepts at auto shows over the years, and for good reason; it’s a lightweight, fun, attractive car that takes everything people love about convertibles, sports cars, and Mazda vehicles and puts them together in one car that’s far more affordable than similar offerings on the market. Mazda continued the trend by bringing the MX-5 Speedster Concept to the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

 This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Speedster. Mazda brought a 2015 MX-5 Speedster to the 2015 SEMA show, then brought it back again just last year. As it is, the current MX-5 Speedster Concept bears a stunning matte white paint job called White Ether, weighs under 2,000 lbs., and shows off an adjustable suspension and racing tires. It’s also notable that the Speedster has no front or rear windshield, instead opting for an air deflector in the front.

 Mazda MX-5 SpeedsterInside, the MX-5 Speedster Concept bears a cool interior design, featuring a predictable two-seating sports car vibe (Why fix what isn’t broken?). Additionally, it also features a distinct, minimalist design that puts all of the focus on driving with a black and orange color scheme. Mazda seems to like the Speedster, so we’re sure to see variations of the model return at a few upcoming auto shows.

Custom Mazda Vehicles Debut at Tokyo Auto Salon

Auto shows are often a place for manufacturers to get a little experimental, with brand names often showing off heavily-modified versions of existing models or wildly futuristic concepts. Mazda got in on the craze when it showed up to the Tokyo Auto Salon with two custom Mazda vehicles – more specifically, a modified CX-5 and MX-5 Miata. Tokyo Auto Salon is similar to the United States’ SEMA show so Mazda went all-out giving their entries an extra layer of cool.

Mazda at auto show

The 2017 CX-5 hasn’t debuted on the mass-market yet, having just been revealed about a month ago in Los Angeles. Consequently, Mazda decided to build up even more hype for the crossover by adding more sporty accents to the exterior, such as modified side mirrors, a different front and rear bumper, side skirts, height-adjustable suspension, and 20-inch wheels.

Two MX-5 Miatas are coming along for the show, too. One of them boasts similar upgrades as the 2017 CX-5 – sportier design elements and, inside, Alcantara leather trim – while the other features a Classic Red paint job that gives the MX-5 Miata a nostalgic vibe, recalling the car’s US debut in 1989.

Other custom Mazda vehicles said to make an appearance will be a rumored CX-3 model, as well as the Global MX-5 Cup race car.

Safer Driving Habits for New Year’s Resolutions

We all get used to driving after a certain point, especially if we take the same boring commute day after day. As a result, we stop paying as much attention as we should, or start cutting corners to get home faster. That’s why, if you’re still stuck on a resolution for 2017, you should consider making a goal to practice safer driving habits like one of these.

No Speeding: We’ve all done it. You may not think there’s much harm in going five or ten over the speed limit, but where do you draw the line? Slow down and pay attention to your surroundings.

Maintain Your Car: Keeping up with regular service appointments may seem like a hassle, but you’ll wish you’d done it when you’re on the side of the road with engine trouble.

Use Your Blinker: Don’t be that guy. When changing lanes or making turns, use your turn signal to let other drivers know where you’re headed.

Minimize Distractions: Messing with the radio, eating, drinking – all of these count as distractions behind the wheel.

No Phone Usage: This piggybacks off the last point. We know the hazards of texting and driving, but try to avoid phone calls, too.

Safer driving habits don’t just keep you safe, but they protect other drivers and model good behavior for your kids, too.