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.

DIY Father’s Day Gifts for Your Kids to Try

Father's Day GiftsIf you want to give your significant other a more meaningful and affordable present than golf clubs or clothes for Father’s Day, consider giving him a handmade present. Your partner will appreciate these DIY Father’s Day gifts, which are both creative and easy enough for your children to make.

Decorated Spatula

If your partner is a self-proclaimed grill master, gift him a decorated spatula. Simply buy a new spatula, and then let your children paint or add stickers as they please. They could add a special message, their dad’s name or something artistic on the spatula.

Snack Jar

 For this gift, all you need is a jar, a blank sticker and your partner’s favorite snack food. Your children can fill the jar with snacks, like chocolate, nuts and pretzels. Then, they can leave a Father’s Day note on the sticker and stick it to the jar.

Bottle tags

With personalized bottle tags, your partner can have something lovely to read each time he grabs a drink. To make these tags, your children can either create their own messages for their dad or find funny puns online. Then, you can print these messages on card stock and affix them to his drink of choice.

We at Wantagh Mazda hope you and your family enjoy making these DIY gifts and have a fantastic Father’s Day. If you’re looking for a new vehicle to take on family outings in Wantagh, New York, check out our inventory online.

 

IIHS Names the 2020 Mazda CX-30 a Top Safety Pick

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Given that this is only the SUV’s first year on the market, it’s impressive that the Mazda CX-30 performed well in the grueling IIHS tests.

The Mazda CX-30 underwent six crashworthiness tests, which consisted of roof strength, head restraint, side, passenger-side small overlap front, driver-side small overlap front and moderate overlap front. The SUV received a “Good” rating in each category and earned a “Superior” rating for its accident avoidance system.

There are numerous protective technologies offered for the Mazda CX-30 that can help you have peace of mind on the drive. High Beam Control, Smart Brake Support, Lane-keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning all come standard to help you stay aware of your surroundings.

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go can automatically maintain a minimum following distance from the vehicle in front of you as well as stick to your chosen speed.* You can also opt for Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to have an extra pair of eyes while driving.

With its different safety technologies and strong design, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 is well-deserving of its Top Safety Pick designation. Learn more about the SUV at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York.

 

*Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. Driver action is required to resume MRCC with Stop & Go after a complete stop. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.

4 Easy Easter Recipes to Try

Easy Easter Recipes | Wantagh, NY

These easy Easter recipes are easy to assemble and are sure to delight the whole family.

Beet and Orange Salad

The bright colors in this flavorful salad will look gorgeous on your table, and packaged, ready-to-eat beets save you lots of time in preparation.

Carrot Cake Biscuits

Carrot cake is a classic Easter dish, and these biscuits give it a unique spin. You can make them the day before for a less stressful holiday. They’ll go great with your Easter dinner, and you’ll probably be tempted to save a few to have with your morning coffee the day after, as well.

Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles

Small, single-serving casseroles are always a cute, fun addition to a dinner. These tiny dishes pack big, savory flavors, and are easy to make, too. It just takes 15 minutes of prep the day before, and less than an hour of baking time the day of.  

Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup

This fresh, herbal soup is ideal for spring dinners, and perfect for Easter. Its bright green color comes from three different types of lettuce, parsley, and dill, while white beans add a hearty taste. You can have this soup on the table in under an hour, or make it the night before and reheat when it’s time for dinner.

Spring Road Trips to Take From New York

2020 MAZDA CX-9 | Wantagh, NY

If you just purchased a new vehicle from Wantagh Mazda and you’re looking to take it on a spring road trip, the travel bugs at our dealership have compiled a list of great destinations to visit.

Newport, Rhode Island: If you want to enjoy coastal living for a weekend, consider visiting Newport, Rhode Island. Just four hours away from Wantagh, Newport is filled with gorgeous Victorian architecture – some of which you can rent for the night – and a bustling downtown filled with eateries and shops. Enjoy gawking at Vanderbilt-built mansions, chartering a sailboat, and eating chowder with the salty ocean breeze whipping through your hair.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The City of Brotherly Love is only a three-hour drive from Wantagh, and is a great city to visit when Manhattan’s charms no longer hold your attention. History buffs will love seeing national treasures like the Liberty Bell and the home of Ben Franklin in person, while art lovers will enjoy the cities many galleries like the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course, you can’t leave without trying a Philly cheesesteak.

The Catskills: If you want to commune with nature during your getaway from Wantagh, visit the Catskills in New York. Approximately three and a half hours away, enjoy peace and quiet surrounded by mountain views. Opportunities for hiking, skiing, and golfing are plentiful in the area.

Don’t forget to visit the Wantagh Mazda service department before your road trip so we can make sure your Mazda is road-ready.

Here’s the Scoop on the Mazda MX-30 Battery Pack

If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly vehicle, check out the upcoming Mazda MX-30. Its battery pack will boast the lowest lifetime carbon footprint possible, according to Christian Schultze, the head of research and development at Mazda Europe.

It achieves this by using a smaller battery pack, which takes fewer resources to produce, and consumes less electricity when it’s being charged. For example, long-range batteries require more rare earth metals to manufacture, making them both expensive to replace and less sustainable to produce.

While a smaller battery pack results in a shorter driving range, the MX-30 delivers plenty of power to get you around town. It offers an estimated 130 miles of range, which is more than sufficient for the average driver’s daily commute. If you’re craving more range, Mazda is rumored to be crafting an internal-combustion-powered range extender that should help the Mazda MX-30 stay on the road even longer.

The Mazda MX-30 is expected to enter production in late 2020, although no U.S. release date has been confirmed yet. Only time will tell if we’ll see this innovative EV stateside anytime soon.

Check out the latest Mazda models here at Wantagh Mazda.

 

2020 Mazda CX-5 Gets Some Exciting Updates

2020 Mazda CX-5 | Wantagh, NY

The Mazda CX-5 is already one of the best crossovers on the market — and it’s about to get even better for the 2020 model year. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 gets some exciting updates, including a new look for its key fob and badging.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 now comes standard with the advanced i-ACTIVSENSE® suite of driver-assist technology. This bundle includes smart technology like the Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Obstruction Warning, Adaptive Front Lighting, High Beam Control, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control. It also boasts premium features like rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and Smart City Brake Support which can automatically engage the brakes to prevent or reduce the severity of an accident.

The upper trims also offer new refinements. The Grand Touring now sports paddle shifters, while the Grand Touring Reserve and the Signature trims have a larger, 8-inch touch screen and a more powerful engine. While the 2019 Mazda CX-5 could deliver 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, the 2020 model pumps out 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to these updates, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities, along with available heated and ventilated front seats, Caturra Brown Nappa leather trim, and the Mazda Navigation System.

Want to experience the 2020 Mazda CX-5 for yourself? Schedule a test drive at Wantagh Mazda.

4 Items to Include in Your Winter Emergency Kit

Frozen Windshield | Wantagh, NY

Here in New York, winter is a serious topic. Almost without fail we get multiple major snowstorms each year that can leave snow on the ground until spring arrives. Because of this, it is very important that you prepare your vehicle with the tools and supplies you’ll need in case you get stranded on the side of the road. Here are a few items to include in your winter emergency kit.

  • Jumper Cables. You never know when you might need a jump or find someone who needs some help. If you travel in more remote areas, consider a portable jump starter so you don’t have to wait for someone to pass.
  • Ice Scraper. While any number of items can scrape the snow and ice off your car, a dedicated, heavy-duty scraper with an added brush will do the best job. Keep in mind that you should clear as much of the snow off your car as you can, including the headlights and taillights.
  • Small Shovel. If your car gets buried in the snow or stuck in a snow drift, a shovel will be the easiest way to get out. You should also keep a bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk so you can pour some under your wheels for extra traction.
  • Winter Gear. If you are stranded and can’t get on the road again, you will need to stay warm. Pack a blanket, extra gloves, and other winter gear.

Stay even safer this winter by staying top of your vehicle’s routine maintenance this winter. Give us a call here at Wantagh Mazda to set up an appointment.

Mazda Vehicle Autonomy

2019 Mazda CX-3 Interior

If you have seen the movie “Minority Report,” it gives you a good idea of what the future of autonomous driving could look like. The driverless car industry has split autonomous driving technology into five levels. What you see in the movies, is level 5, meaning no human interaction required. Though many other automakers are working towards this goal, Mazda is taking a unique approach to vehicle autonomy.

Mazda has long been focused on giving drivers a thrilling driving experience. While having a car that can drive itself is a novel idea, it doesn’t offer any hands-on thrills. Instead, Mazda is focusing its future autonomous driving technology on being a supplemental function.

The Mazda Co-Pilot System would only activate if the driver needed help. For example, if the driver suffered a seizure or was attempting to drive while drunk.

Mazda deputy general manager Matsuhiro Tanaka articulated the company’s vision for autonomous tech. “What we are focused on is that it always has to be the joy of driving that comes first, then, should anything happen to the driver that renders the situation dangerous, then the autonomous driving functions will kick in and take them to a safe place.”

Tanaka went on to say that Mazda isn’t trying to develop a new technology. It is simply working to incorporate the existing technology in an innovative new way that will help protect the driver and everyone else on the road.

For more exciting news from this progressive automaker, contact us here at Wantagh Mazda. Or better yet, stop by in person to take a shiny new 2020 Mazda for a whirl.

Best Mazda Vehicles for Pet Owners

2019 Mazda CX-9 Interior

When you plan to drive with your dog, it pays to find a car that’s spacious, low, and provides a smooth ride. Check out these Mazda vehicles for pet owners, all of which have been applauded for being safe and comfortable for both animals and their owners.

Mazda CX-3

If your small family includes a single pup, the Mazda CX-3 might be the perfect fit. This subcompact crossover is small and easy to maneuver and park, making it ideal for urban settings.

You can also fold the back seats down to give your dog 44.5 cubic feet to stretch out in. Another bonus in this model is the standard rear-heating ducts and air conditioning, which will help keep your dog comfortable in any season.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a slightly larger crossover with five spacious seats. If you plan to travel with more than one dog, or with children as well, this is a great fit. Even with the rear seats up and the kids buckled in, there’s still 30.9 cubic feet of space for your furry friend behind the seats.

The Mazda CX-5 has low height, so it will be easy for dogs to enter and exit the vehicle. When you’re on the road, your pets will have an easier time relaxing, thanks to a smooth and quiet ride.

Mazda CX-9

With seven seats and a maximum of 72.1 cubic feet of cargo space, the Mazda CX-9 is the most spacious of the canine-friendly Mazda models. There’s plenty of room to store one or two crates, while still having room for human passengers.

This model also has many of the features that will keep dogs comfortable, like a smooth ride, tri-zone climate control, and available heated second-row seats.  

Experience each of these rides for yourself when you test-drive them here at Wantagh Mazda.