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2015 Mazda2 Chooses Style over Space

Let’s face it. If you’re buying a Mazda2, it’s not for the space. Happily, Mazda has instead focused its attention on the 2015 Mazda2’s style – we’re ok with losing a few millimeters in the name of style.

In case you’re concerned, here’s what the Mazda2 has been rumored to lose in order to gain some serious improvement in design: 20 mm in front head room, 5 mm in leg room, 15 mm in rear head room, 30 mm in shoulder room, and 4 mm in rear leg room. Folks, this is nothing to write home about.

What you will want to shout from the rooftop is how much the Mazda2 has gained in exchange for those millimeters. Gone are the days of owning a small economy hatchback being a sign that you just can’t afford better. Today, affordable hatchbacks offer unprecedented style and athletic appeal. The Mazda2 is arguably the most appealing little hatchback on the market.

According to carscoops.com, the new Mazda2 gets a downsized version of the SkyActiv platform used on larger Mazdas along with three new engines (no word yet which of them will make it to the U.S. market). The outside design is sleek, athletic, and aerodynamic, while the interior is clean and handsome in a minimalist way.

Production is already underway in Japan, and will officially debut in Paris in October. You will find the all-new Mazda2 at Parks Mazda later this year!

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Spare Tires Are Becoming a Thing of the Past

If you’re out car shopping, you should expect to see fewer and fewer new cars coming with spare tires. Nearly all automakers are in the process of ditching heavy spare tires and jacks for small air compressors and sealant kits.

Some luxury automakers offer run-flat tires, which can be driven on at low speeds for a limited distance – designed to get you safely to a dealership after a normal puncture. Most automakers offer a less-expensive alternative, stashing an air compressor and sealant kit in your trunk in place of the spare tire. For most normal tire punctures, the sealant kit is enough to allow drivers to get to a shop or dealership to replace the tire.

Spare TiresSo why ditch the spare tire? According to Consumer Reports, automakers have been under immense pressure to create lightweight cars that are more efficient. By removing the spare tire, cars can lose 40 to 50 pounds – weight that adds up in gas prices over time.

Losing the spare makes sense in a society where the art of tire-changing is a diminishing skill. With higher-quality tires, improved technology, and roadside assistance programs, roadside tire changes are few and far between.

If you prefer to keep a spare in your car, aftermarket companies and some dealerships offer spare tires, a lug wrench, and jack for anywhere from $150 to $300.

Make sure before you purchase your next car you know what the spare tire situation looks like. You should be prepared to handle your flat tire before it happens.

Stop by Parks Mazda to check out the MX-5 Miata, which offers a light-weight and space-saving sealant and air compressor in place of a heavy, space-eating spare tire.

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2014 Mazda 3 Makes List of Best Cars for Back to School

As summer winds down and we trade in lazy summer days for back-to-school shopping, you may find that you’re searching for the perfect car for your teen or college student. If your kid is in need of a safe, reliable car to get them to and from school, consider the 2014 Mazda 3, which made Kelley Blue Book’s list of best cars for back to school.

Picking out a car that your kid will drive day after day (hopefully for years to come) is no small undertaking. You’ll want to consider safety features and ratings, efficiency, dependability, practicality, and you’ll get extra points for style. The Mazda 3 offers all of this, and more.

2014 Mazda3 Best Cars For Back To School2014 Mazda 3 Specifications

The Mazda 3 is not only stylish and sporty, but it’s a smart choice. The Mazda 3 happens to be one of this year’s coolest cars under $18,000 – making it an affordable choice your student will be excited about. The totally redesigned 2014 Mazda 3 is offered in a hatchback or sedan and is more efficient, more comfortable, and offers more modern technology than ever before.

Earning EPA fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway, your kid won’t drain their wallets filling up their tanks. The 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine puts out a respectable 155 hp – enough power to get where they need to go.

Come by Parks Mazda today to test drive a Mazda 3 for yourself!

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What We Hope to See In the 2016 Mazda RX-7

Now that we are seeing the 2015 models come out, isn’t it about time we start speculating about 2016 Models? Could it be true that in 2016 we’ll see a revival of the Mazda RX-7? While Mazda has not yet confirmed the rumors, boldride.com seems to think we have good reason to believe the sports car could make a comeback, and we are happy to believe it.


There’s no time to waste, so let’s get right to it: here are some of the features we’re willing to bet we’ll see in the new 2016 Mazda RX-7.

Mazda’s Kodo Design Language

Obviously, a new RX-7 would feature Mazda’s latest design language, likely with some sharp edges and a unique rear fog lamp.

Skyactiv Rotary Hybrid Engine

Mazda admits a hybrid version of its Skyactiv engine is in the works, and we’d expect that the automaker will find a way to work the rotary engine tradition into the RX-7.

Manual Gearbox and Rear Wheel Drive

Here, we are stating the obvious. It is worth noting that while some automakers are doing away with the manual option, Mazda has kept it available on its performance cars including the RX-5 and RX-8. We don’t see why they wouldn’t do the same for the RX-7.

300-350 Horsepower

It’s no supercar, but the RX-7 has always been able to hold its own. Competitive with Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Hyundai Genesis, the RX-7 will be lightweight and handle incredibly well.

What features would you like to see in a 2016 Mazda RX-7? Let us know in the comments!

Just can’t wait until 2016? Stop by Parks Mazda today to find a car to fit your lifestyle!

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The Must-Have Glove Box Emergency Kit

When it comes to being prepared for the worst, you can never really overdo it. However, in the name of practicality, we’ve put together a list of must-have items you should always keep in your car. Even better? These items will all fit in your glove box. Tucked out of sight, but within arm’s reach in case of an emergency. We call it the glove box emergency kit – don’t leave home without it.

First thing’s first. Clean out that glove box – get rid of anything you don’t actually need, including all that extra paperwork you’ve been stashing since the day you bought the car. File any important documents where they belong; safely in your home.

License and registration: Make sure these are current and protected in your glove box. You’ll need them in the even you are pulled over or in an accident.

Owner’s manual: This book tends to be thick, but it’s well worth keeping in the car. You’ll find everything from how to put your spare tire on, to part numbers and information on servicing your car.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) card: Fill this out with critical medical information about you and your crew. List emergency contacts, physicians, allergies, medications, etc.

Tire pressure gauge: Check your tires’ pressure regularly, and check your owner’s manual or the inside of your door for recommended tire pressure levels.
Flashlight: Get a small flashlight that doesn’t take up much space. If you’re ever stranded in the dark, you’ll be glad you have it. Besides helping you see what’s what, you can also get the attention of other drivers using the flashlight.
Fuses: You can pick up a package of these for only a few dollars at any hardware store. In the event your lights go out lose power, you can change the fuse in just a few minutes.
Wheel-lock key: If your car has wheel locks, make sure you have your key. It’s a great feature to make sure no one takes off with your wheels, but good luck changing your tire without it.
First-Aid kit: While you might consider a larger first-aid kit for your trunk, there are also smaller options that can fit in your glove box, and just arm’s length away. Pack some cotton balls or tissues, bandages, and pain reliever.
Car Phone Charger: Find a charger that works in your car – whether it’s powered by the cigarette lighter, or a USB in newer cars, keep one stashed away. This might help you to avoid attempting to flag down a ride or walking miles to get help.
Paper map: We know, no one uses those things anymore- but in the event you’re without cell service and lost, you’ll thank us.

 

Still have room to spare? Check out Allstate’s recommendations for a glove box survival kit.

If you don’t have the time or energy to scrounge up your own kit, check out websites like lifelinefirstaid.com for affordable pre-made kits.

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2016 Mazda2: More Efficient and More Aggressive Than Ever Before

Mazda has begun production on the new Demio in its Japanese Hofu plant, which will be known as the 2016 Mazda2 in the U.S. when it’s launched globally.  The newest Mazda2 will be more efficient, lighter, and will feature a new dashboard design and infotainment display – and that’s just the beginning.

The Mazda 2 will be powered by a Skyactiv-G 1.3-liter gasoline engine, which will create 83 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque. That’s less than the current Mazda 2’s 100 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque, but for good reason. The engine’s new fuel-saving technologies have earned an unbelievable 70 mpg on the Japanese test cycle. That testing cannot be compared with the EPA’s rating system, so the Mazda2 will likely be rated somewhere closer to 40-45 mpg when it makes its U.S. debut.

Because the Mazda2 will be significantly lighter, we can expect the small hatchback to maintain the current level of performance despite less powerful output. The Japanese market will have the opportunity to opt for the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine instead, which would put out 103 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Though we are drooling over that option, there’s no word if or when that engine may be available in the states.

The interior features a clean design with a new tablet-like infotainment screen that extends from the top of the dash, and most of the dashboard technology will mirror that of the 2014 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan. According to cnet.com, Mazda states that “the model also features a wide range of cutting-edge technologies such as the Mazda Connect next-generation car connectivity system, and a wide range of i-ActivSense advanced safety features that aid the driver in recognizing and responding to hazards.”

We look forward to seeing the 2016 Mazda2 for ourselves! If you just can’t wait for the 2016 model, stop by Parks Mazda, we’ll get you into a new Mazda2 today!

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