Every 2021 Mazda Model Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

New Mazda Lineup | Wantagh, NY

Every model in the 2021 Mazda lineup has earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, including the Mazda3 Sedan, Mazda3 Hatchback, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, and Mazda CX-9.

The Top Safety Pick+ award is the highest safety honor granted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one highly coveted by all manufacturers. Many brands do not manage to earn even the standard TSP award for all of their models, least of all the more difficult TSP+ award.

In fact, Mazda is one of only two brands to have managed this impressive feat, and the only non-luxury brand to do so. To do it, all of its models had to earn the maximum safety rating in six crashworthiness evaluations ranging from moderate overlap front crash tests to head restraint tests. In other words, Mazda vehicles not only deliver awesome performance, flexibility, and interiors on par with luxury brands, but also top-notch safety.

It doesn’t stop there. To get a TSP+ award, vehicles also needed to earn an advanced or superior rating for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash avoidance. Every single Mazda model earned the top superior rating for the former, and three out of seven also earned the top superior rating for the latter.

Finally, to earn a TSP+ award rather than just a TSP award, the Mazda lineup needed to be offered with standard headlights that provide good or acceptable visibility.

In summary, if you’re looking to shop for a premium-feeling brand that provides excellent value and style along with industry-leading safety regardless of the model you buy, take a look at the 2021 Mazda model lineup at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York. We have the 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award-winning lineup in stock and ready to lease.

Tips for Driving in the Rain

New Mazda CX-5 | Wantagh, NY

Spring is upon us at last, which means a reprieve from all this late-winter snow. But that also means there’s plenty of rain on the horizon, which can make commuting challenging in its own way. But by following a few handy tips for driving in the rain, you can enjoy the warm weather and keep moving.

  • Consider all-wheel drive and better active safety tech: If you don’t have all-wheel drive, consider leasing a new Mazda from Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York. You can get your new Mazda with i-ACTIV AWD® for increased traction in rain and snow. Vehicles like the new Mazda CX-3 are also equipped with i-ACTIVSENSE®, a suite of smart, driver-assist safety technologies that actively work to prevent collisions.
  • Leave more room between you and the cars around you: Braking in the rain often requires more distance to slow your vehicle down or arrive at a standstill. Play it safe by keeping a wide berth between you and the vehicles ahead of behind you. If you think your brakes are due for service, now is a great time to bring your vehicle into Wantagh Mazda.
  • Replace balding tires: If your tire treads are on their last legs, don’t chance an accident. Get replacement tires at Wantagh Mazda before the rains come. If you’re not sure, perform the penny test — if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too low.

Driving safely in the rain is easy to do if you know the proper precautions to take. No matter the season, see the service pros at Wantagh Mazda for all your maintenance needs.

Ideas for a Great Stay-at-Home Date Night

Date Night | Wantagh, NY

Whether you’re planning a Valentine’s Day evening with your sweetie or seeking ideas for a safe date night, these ideas for at-home romantic fun are a great way to strengthen your relationship.

Plan A Special Home Dinner

If you or your loved one enjoy cooking, plan a special meal at home for your next date night — and be sure to decorate, dress up, and light candles for the occasion. If you’d rather stay out of the kitchen, order delivery from one of your favorite restaurants instead.

Get Your Game On

Build connections and challenge your mind by planning a game night with your partner. Video games, board games, cards, jigsaw puzzles, and online karaoke challenges are just a few of the possibilities, so let your imagination run wild.

Make Your Own Drive-In

Staying in for a date doesn’t have to mean staying in the house. If you have a garage and driveway, set up a projector and a sheet screen and make your own drive-in theater. If a drive-in theater setup isn’t right for you, settle in with some snacks and drinks and listen to your favorite tunes or podcasts together. We recommend sitting inside the luxurious 2021 Mazda CX-5 for your date, especially if it’s equipped with available heated leather seats and premium Bose® surround sound.

To acquire the Mazda CX-5 for your next date night, give us a call here at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York. We’d also love to hear any other ideas you have for romantic fun on Valentine’s Day and beyond!

Tips for Maintaining a Luxury Vehicle

Mazda Service | Wantagh, NY

If you’ve chosen a Mazda, it’s clear that you value stylish good looks and upscale amenities. The Mazda CX-5 is a perfect example of this — with luxury features like heated seats, leather upholstery, and a 10.25-inch full-color touch-screen display. But if you want to keep those refined features in peak condition, you’ll have to take care of your vehicle. Here are some tips to help you maintain your car and safeguard your investment.

Expert Service

Regular maintenance is key to helping your vehicle retain value. When you bring your car in for a checkup at Wantagh Mazda, we’ll perform a Mazda Full Circle Inspection. We’ll make sure every aspect of your vehicle is in peak condition, from its mechanical components to its fluids, lights, and climate control systems.

Interior

Dust can dull the luster of your vehicle’s interior. Keep that driver-centric cockpit in pristine condition by vacuuming twice per week, paying special attention to the cloth and carpeted surfaces. Use an appropriate brush-like attachment to avoid damaging your car’s seats. If you have leather seats in your Mazda, maintain them with a microfiber cloth and a specialized leather cleaner. Condition them afterward to keep them soft and supple.

Exterior

Mazda vehicles are famed for their “KODO: Soul of Motion” design philosophy, which uses sculpted curves to make light and shadow dance across the car’s exterior. Showcase this stunning design by regularly washing and waxing the exterior of your Mazda.

Regular vehicle maintenance is actually smart money management — it’s better to get regular service, so you can catch a small issue before it becomes a full-blown problem. If you’d like the best care for your Mazda, bring it to our service center at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York.

 

 

The Best 2020 Holiday Light Shows Near Wantagh

Holiday Lights in Wantagh, NY

The holidays are going to be a little different in 2020 — but one thing that won’t change is the wealth of festive light shows scheduled for Wantagh and Long Island. To help you get into the spirit of the season, here’s a look at three of the most dazzling events you can take part in this year.

Magic of Lights

This 2.5-mile drive-thru display, which runs through Jan. 2 at Jones Beach State Park, is one of the most spectacular holiday light shows in all of greater New York. Digital animations, favorite holiday characters, a tunnel of lights, and a huge new tree display are sure to make Magic of Lights a trip to remember for the entire family.

Smith Point Light Show

Take in bright displays, celebrate togetherness, and benefit the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County with a visit to the Smith Point Light Show. Held through Dec. 30 at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, this 1.5-mile drive-thru features all sorts of beautiful arrangements and breathtaking exhibits to make your holidays jolly.

Riverhead Holiday Light Show

Boasting dozens of incredible displays, the Riverhead Holiday Light Show is one of Long Island’s biggest celebrations. This year’s version takes place through Dec. 30 and includes more than 1.5 miles of drive-thru fun — including resplendent programmed lights that dance to the tune of music you can play through your vehicle’s speakers.

Here at Wantagh Mazda, we’re especially thankful for these holiday light shows and the joy they bring to our community. Here’s wishing you the best of times as you celebrate safely with your loved ones this year.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Gains New SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Turbo Engine

2021 Mazda CX-30 | Wantagh, NY

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 rolled off the assembly line as a highly capable, wildly appealing compact crossover thanks to its sophisticated design, family-friendly versatility, efficient powertrain. Recently, Mazda announced that it’s upping the ante in terms of performance with a brand-new engine option: The SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Turbo.

This new addition to the 2021 Mazda CX-30 lineup is all about excitement, and the specs show it. According to Mazda, the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Turbo engine will be able to produce a thrilling 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque when fueled by 93 octane premium gasoline. That’s good for an increase of 41 horsepower and 124 lb-ft over the standard engine.

In addition to a significant jump in power, 2021 Mazda CX-30 models equipped with the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Turbo will feature subtle but evocative design enhancements. Gloss Black door mirrors, larger tailpipes, and 18-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels will turn heads around Wantagh, New York, and exclusive TURBO badging on the liftgate will show just what your new car is capable of.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is expected to arrive at dealerships by the end of 2021, and we can’t wait to see you here at Wantagh Mazda for a test drive. In the meantime, check out our current inventory of 2021 Mazda CX-30 models and keep your eyes on our blog for more details as they become available.

2021 Mazda CX-9 Adds Appealing New Features

2021 Mazda CX-9 | Wantagh, NY

The Mazda CX-9 already stands out with premium style and innovative technologies — and now this distinguished three-row SUV is getting even better for 2021.

The base Mazda CX-9 Sport trim is receiving a new Mazda Connect™ infotainment system with a 10.25-inch center display, standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and a three-year Mazda Connected Services trial.

The new Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition slots just above the Touring trim and features exclusive Polymetal Gray paint, 20-inch black metallic aluminum wheels, and red leather seats. Joining the Grand Touring and Signature trims, the Carbon Edition also offers a pair of new i-ACTIVSENSE® safety features: Smart City Brake Support Reverse and Driver Attention Alert.

The high-end Signature trim has a new look for the new model year. The front grille features a titanium gray metallic finish, the 20-inch alloy wheels present a brilliant silver finish, and the interior comes with patterned aluminum trim and updated seat quilting and piping.

What hasn’t changed for 2021 is the Mazda CX-9’s high-value features, flexible design, and thrilling performance. All models come with a muscular 250-horsepower SKYACTIV-G® turbo engine, a comprehensive package of i-ACTIVSENSE® safety technologies, and upscale touches like heated front seats and LED lighting.* For heightened luxury, turn to the Grand Touring and Signature trims, which offer ventilated seats, Mazda Navigation, Bose® sound, and much more.

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is coming soon to Wantagh Mazda. You can get in on the excitement by scheduling your test drive in Wantagh, New York.

*250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque with 93 octane fuel. 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque with 87 octane fuel.

Car Shopping Strategies for First Time Buyers

First Time Car Shopping | Wantagh, NY

Your first time buying a car can often be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to expect. As such, when checking out a dealership’s inventory, be sure to keep these car shopping strategies in mind to have a smooth and easy experience.

Know what you need

If you begin the car shopping process before figuring out your wants and needs, you’ll end up wasting lots of time trying to decide between a wide variety of models. To narrow down your search, write down your must-have features and know what you’ll be using your car for ahead of time.

Find out your credit score

The better your credit score is, the better your interest rate will be on your car loan. For that reason, it’s important to check your credit score before car shopping so you know what kind of rate to expect and can budget accordingly.

Test-drive different models

Once you have narrowed down your search to just a few models, take them out for a spin. Test drives make it easy to compare cars and see how each one performs, so it’s imperative that you take one before making a final decision.

If you’re in the market for a new car, give us a call at Wantagh Mazda. Our staff will be happy to help you find the right car for drives in and around Wantagh, New York.

Introducing the New 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Engine

New Mazd3 | Wantagh, NY

The Mazda3 is known for its eye-catching style and high-tech amenities. But for the 2021 model year, this award-winning model is about to get even better, thanks to a new 2.5-liter turbo engine. Here’s what we know about the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo.

The 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo delivers 250 horsepower, 320 lb-ft of torque, and standard predictive i-ACTIV AWD®. On top of that, this powerful model boasts a stunning signature look. The sedan model sports a larger exhaust pipe, along with distinct black alloy wheels and black side mirrors. If you opt for the Premium Plus package, it will also come with sleek black spoiler. The hatchback Mazda3 comes with all of the same aesthetic tweaks, but when equipped with the Premium Plus package, it boasts a front air dam.

On top of that, the new Turbo models will come with all of your favorite Mazda3 features, including standard smartphone connectivity and a wealth of advanced driver-assist technology.

The 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo sedan and hatchback are slated to arrive on dealership lots in late 2020. Want to get behind the wheel of this exhilarating model? You can get a great deal on a Mazda3 at Wantagh Mazda in DMA.

Are Drive-In Movie Theaters Making a Comeback?

Skyline Drive-In | New York, NY

Many industries have taken a hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but few can say to have been as strongly affected as the film industry. Because of social distancing guidelines, most movie theaters around the country have been closed since March.

While many plan to reopen by the end of July, going to the movies should still be seen as an unnecessary health risk. Fortunately, there’s a better alternative to the traditional movie-going experience: drive-in movie theaters.

Drive-in movie theaters were once extremely popular. They reached their heyday after World War II, with an estimated 5,000 theaters around the country in the late 1950s and mid-1960s. In 2020, only 306 drive-in theaters remain in operation in the United States.

In response to COVID-19, the film industry has had to adjust its approach to releasing films, and many studios have elected to release new pictures directly on digital platforms like Netflix. However, IMAX, Tribeca Enterprises, and AT&T have recently teamed up to create a summer movie program that will play a selection of new, classic, and independent films at drive-in theaters across the country.

“We’re excited to give people something to look forward to this summer and reinvent a classic movie-going experience for communities to enjoy together safely,” said Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises.

Could social distancing lead to the rise of a drive-in renaissance? Certainly, many outdoor gathering places that are currently unused could be converted into drive-in movie theaters. At Wantagh Mazda, our favorite drive-in theaters are the ISH Events’ Drive In & Outdoor Movies in Plainview and the Skyline Drive in NYC, which is perfectly positioned in Brooklyn to offer a lovely Manhattan skyline view while you enjoy your movie.

Wantagh Mazda wishes you and your family a safe and healthy summer. Remember to contact us with all of your vehicular needs.