Do you love Long Island, but sometimes hate driving in the area? At Wantagh Mazda, we are right there with you. Here are a few ways you can de-stress and make the most of your time spent behind the wheel on beautiful Long Island.
- Avoid driving west in the morning. West takes you toward the city, which just so happens to be where everyone with four wheels is heading at that time of day.
- Avoid driving east in the afternoon and early evening. By this time the commuters are on their way home from the city, and they’re in a rush to relax and watch a few episodes of something online. Stay out of their way and put off your east-bound night drive until moonrise.
- Pick the parkways. There are both parkways and expressways on Long Island, but only vehicles with passenger plates are allowed on parkways. This means less fumes, less rumbling trucks, and more easy-cruising for you – the perfect drive on Long Island!
- For east and west travel, take: Ocean Parkway, Montauk Highway, Sunrise Highway, NY Route 25 or 25A, and the Southern State Parkway.
- For north and south travel, take: Cross Island Parkway, Meadowbrook State Parkway, Wantagh State Parkway, Bethpage State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Nichols Road.
Next time it’s a beautiful night for a drive on Long Island, don’t hesitate to hop in your vehicle of choice. Enjoy the sea breeze and open road, and, as always, drive safe!
Since it first rolled out for the 2016 model year, the Mazda CX-3 has been a premium choice for drivers looking for a versatile subcompact SUV that delivers big on features and overall value. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is the most appealing iteration of this popular SUV to date, boasting a stunning design and more exhilarating power than ever before.
Everywhere you look, the 2019 CX-3 offers interesting and striking new design details. On the front end, a new grille design compliments the lower bumper chrome accents. Around back, all-new LED signature taillights leave a lasting impression.
Inside, the 2019 CX-3 offers more high-end options than in previous years, including full-leather seat surfaces, complete with prominent stitching and pleated piping. Additionally, the 2019 CX-3 is equipped with new seats altogether, which are wider and firmer for additional support.
One of the most exciting changes coming to the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is the retuned SKYACTIV-G® 2.0-liter engine, which will now deliver 148 horsepower and increased torque across the rpm range, with a maximum torque of 140 lb-ft.
Check in with Wantagh Mazda for more updates about the highly anticipated 2019 Mazda CX-3, set to arrive on dealership lots very soon.
When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, movie aficionados know to call a certain team of paranormal experts. However, if you’re looking for an up-to-date national resource for travelers, consider calling 511. While 911 is reserved for the police and 411 is a local directory, 511 is for real-time traffic information. Provided by the US Department of Transportation, the 511 traffic system is an unparalleled resource for most seasoned travelers.
According to the DMV, the 511 system will give you real-time information about road closures, accidents, detours, and even weather alerts. If you plan on driving up to Canada, you can learn about border crossing wait times, or you can even get ride-sharing details if you’d like to save some money on gas. Currently 35 states participate in the 511 system (perhaps one reason not everyone knows about it), so it’s a great resource for road trips out of state.
How does it work? Naturally you can simply dial 511 in New York; however, the state also offers other ways to access information. For instance, you can check the online 511 homepage for New York for live camera feeds. You can also use a smartphone app or check the state social media accounts, and you even sign up for My 511NY to get information about your daily commute. Just keep in mind to pull over before calling 511 if you’re on the highway.
Looking for the perfect vehicle for your traveling needs? Look no further than one of our vehicles at Wantagh Mazda.
Geneva’s Car Design Night is a gathering of some of the most futuristic concept cars that the automotive industry has to offer. This year was no exception, and the Mazda Vision Coupe concept car stole the show. It was named ‘Concept Car of the Year’ by a panel of judges.
The Mazda Vision Coupe concept made its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show back in October. It made another appearance at the recent 11th Car Design Night in Geneva and took home ‘Concept Car of the Year.’
“We are delighted once again to have Vision Coupe recognized with a global design award. And it’s truly an honor to have this model, which aims to express the essence of Japanese aesthetics, applauded by some of the world’s top car designers,” said Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s Managing Executive Officer of Design and Brand Style.
Car Design News, an international car design publication, hosts Car Design Night. The publication puts together an 18-judge panel who vote on their favorite concept cars. Many of the judges work as design directors for major automakers.
The Mazda Vision Coupe winning the ‘Concept Car of the Year’ title follows another major award. The concept car took home ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at the Paris Motor Show not too long ago.
While many concept cars are just for show and never head to production, that isn’t the case for the Mazda Vision Coupe. Ikuo Maeda confirmed that the Vision Coupe’s design will show up in the lineup beginning in 2019.
We hope to see it arrive at Wantagh Mazda very soon.
At Wantagh Mazda, our top priority is the satisfaction of our customers. That’s why we are overjoyed to announce that Wantagh Mazda has won the 2018 DealerRater Dealer of the Year award for Mazda in New York and the Consumer Satisfaction Award. We know a business is only as strong as the community in which it operates, which is why we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire Long Island community.
DealerRater.com rates car dealerships based on real customer feedback. Because of this, it is a wonderful resource for customers looking to learn about a specific dealership before they shop, and it allows them to offer positive or negative feedback based on their experiences.
According to DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker, “Wantagh Mazda in New York has emerged as the leader among Mazda Dealers across the United States,” thanks to all of the tremendously positive feedback we have received from our customers. This level of enthusiasm from our customers not only lets us know we are achieving our goal of outstanding customer service, it also earned us the 2018 Consumer Satisfaction Award.
At Wantagh Mazda, we put family and community first and strive to create a fun, welcoming experience at our dealership, and we believe it is this down-to-earth sales philosophy that has won us these important awards for the fourth year in a row.
To see why Wantagh Mazda is so beloved, you can plan a trip of your own to our dealership.
Baseball fans, get excited and come see the Mazda CX-9 previously owned by famous baseball player Luis Severino. On sale now at Wantagh Mazda is a 2017 CX-9 Signature Edition that was owned by this NY Yankees all-star pitcher, and you can be the next driver behind the wheel.
In 2017, Luis Severino burst onto the scene as one of baseball’s best pitchers. He was named an all-star and was in the running for the coveted Cy Young Award, which is given each year to baseball’s best pitchers. He performed remarkably well throughout the entire Yankee season, finishing the year with 31 starts, a 14-6 record, a 2.98 ERA (earned run average), and 230 strikeouts.
This extra-special 2017 CX-9 has fewer than 5,000 miles on it, and its Signature Trim level means that it comes equipped with numerous high-end, luxurious features. Its exterior is jet black and its interior features premium, auburn leather. The CX-9’s beautiful design led it to make both the Autotrader.com and WardsAuto list of 10 Best Interiors – as well as WardsAuto’s 10 Best Engines list and Car and Driver’s 10 Best SUVs list. This CX-9 comes equipped with an advanced SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing that offers the perfect balance of power and efficiency, boasting 250 horsepower as well as a respectable 26 mpg on the highway*.
Come into Wantagh Mazda to see this valuable, one-of-a-kind 2017 CX-9 and get in the driver’s seat that once belonged to Luis Severino.
The new year promises many things, but unfortunately it is expected that gas prices will rise in 2018. It is predicted that gas prices will rise nationally by approximately 19 cents, putting the national average at $2.57 per gallon. These figures were recently released in GasBuddy’s 2018 Fuel Price Outlook report. GasBuddy is a tech company that runs an app and website that help drivers find the cheapest gas prices in their area, as well as while traveling out on the road.
GasBuddy’s 2018 Fuel Price Outlook report also includes some other worthwhile information. For instance, it does not predict gas prices to hit any record-breaking highs. Moreover, it expects metropolitan areas to see the steepest prices nationally. Large cities such as New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago are expected to see prices potentially rise above $3, whereas smaller cities such as Cleveland and St. Louis will likely see prices rise but still stay below $3.
You can rely on GasBuddy’s predictions, as they are usually not too far off the mark. In 2017, they predicted a national average of $2.49 per gallon, but luckily the actual national average was $2.39. We at Wantagh Mazda hope that this information helps you better budget out your fuel consumption for 2018.
Late January will see the return of the annual Winter Long Island Restaurant Week, which features eight full days of amazing deals on dinner at restaurants all around the Long Island area. Explore the many delicious, unique flavors of Long Island the week of January 21 to January 28.
Wantagh residents, there’s a participating restaurant right in your backyard—Thom Thom Steak and Seafood will be offering deals on their high-quality steakhouse cuisine. Or hop over to Huntington, where several more restaurants will be part of Restaurant Week, including Besito Mexican, La Parma II Italian Restaurant, and Honu Kitchen and Cocktails.
Several other cities nearby are home to participating restaurants, like Garden City, where you can try Belgian food at Waterzooi, and Bay Shore, where Captain Bill’s will be serving up fresh seafood. Monsoon Steak and Sushi in Babylon is the perfect place to get a bite of Asian food, and Amityville has Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse. Merrick is also home to a range of seafood and American food spots!
There’s something for everyone during Winter Long Island Restaurant Week, so if you live on Long Island or you’ll be visiting in January, don’t miss it. The staff at Wantagh Mazda is thrilled to be part of such an active community with so many amazing independent restaurants.
With every passing year, more and more automakers are throwing their hat into the autonomous driving ring, and Mazda is no exception. But when it comes to self-driving cars, Mazda is unique in its approach. Keeping with its motto “Driving Matters,” Mazda wants to make cars with autonomous technology without sacrificing driver control.
Mazda CEO Masahiro Moro said point blank that “No steering wheel is not an option for us,” and went on to say that autonomous tech should be there to help drivers enjoy the car more, not make driver input impossible.
There are five levels of automation, ranging from hands-on automation like Adaptive Cruise Control (Level 1) and full autonomy in certain situations (Level 3) to Level 5, the steering wheel-free level that Mazda prefers to avoid.
Moro says that Level 4, where the car can drive safely in all situations without driver input, is as far as Mazda will go, and only if the technology allows “driving dynamics between the car and the driver.”
Mazda autonomous drive technology is still in development and won’t be available on Mazda vehicles for some time, but here at Wantagh Mazda, we’re thrilled that Mazda is dedicated to balancing its values with evolving technology and needs.
On December 31st, New York City always hosts one of the biggest celebrations of the year. People from all over the world come to spend the last few hours of the year in Times Square. If you are feeling up to the challenge this year, here are a few tips to help you travel to New York City for New Year’s Eve.
- Leave Early. The countdown may not start until midnight, but people start arriving by late morning. The best spots start filling up by noon and the city recommends arriving before 3pm.
- Head North. Enter Times Square from the north since most of the crowds start filling in on the south end.
- Avoid the Subway. While you might think a subway stop at Times Square is the ideal way to travel, it will be a madhouse, if open at all. Try the B, D, F, or M lines and get off at Rockefeller Center.
- Pack Food. Once you score your spot, you will not want to leave it. Pack your own food; however, drink as little as possible because bathroom breaks are nearly nonexistent.
- Have an Escape Plan. Plan a route to get your out of Times Square and the city beforehand.
Another great tip for drivers to have a vehicle equipped with advanced safety features like Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support—great for navigating through crowded city streets. If you need a new ride before the year ends, comes visit us at Wantagh Mazda.
Photo by Anthony Quintano