Fall Festivals in Lake Charles

Fall festivals

In Louisiana, you might not experience the leaf-color changes like in New England or the sudden temperature drop like in Denver. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate fall! Here are some fall festivals you can go to in and around Lake Charles, near Mazda of Lake Charles.

Chuck FestIn Downtown Lake Charles on October 15th, you’ll get free admission to Chuck Fest, a festival full of food, music, art, and spirits—but to be clear, it will be the alcoholic kind, not the ghost kind.

“Terrific Treat” Fall FestivalThis festival, thrown by KZWA 104.9, will be hosted in the MLK Community Center in Lake Charles on October 27th, and is sure to be fun for the whole family. It’s a free event and has great food, fun Halloween games, and candy!

Halloween Harvest Festival 2016Why stand at the door and greet trick or treaters on October 31st when you can go to this free event at the Civic Center? There will be games, a train ride, balloons, and face art here.

Ragley Heritage and Timber FestivalThis event in Ragley will cost you $5 a car, but there’s plenty of fun that comes with that! There are wagon and train rides, music, magic, a petting zoo, and of course, food! Head to it on October 15th.

How to Be a Better Driver

be a better driver

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be? This month is recognized as National Self Improvement Month, so it’s an ideal time to work on your goals. If you can’t think of anything you want to improve upon, we suggest your driving skills. We can all take some time to learn how to be a better driver. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Learn how to merge. While this may seem like a straightforward simple thing to do, there is actually a better way to do it. It is called the zipper merge and is best used when merging together two lanes on a highway, like in a construction zone. Drivers in alternate lanes take turning merging together like a zipper.
  • Practice parking. Nobody likes a bad parker—one that blocks two spaces or squeezes in so close the neighboring car can’t open its doors. Learn how to properly park, both parallel and perpendicular, or take advantage of automatic parking features on your car.
  • Put your hands on the wheel. We have all heard that we should keep our hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel. However, new guidelines show that 9 and 3 or 8 and 4 are much better at maintaining control.
  • Get rid of distractions. Put your phone away while you drive and don’t eat or do anything that takes your attention away from the road.

If you put these tips into practice, your bad driving habits may soon be a thing of the past.  If you want to learn more about the safety features in a Mazda car, stop by Mazda of Lake Charles today!

2017 Mazda6 Features Standard G-Vectoring Control

2017 Mazda6 features

Now with standard G-Vectoring Control, the 2017 Mazda6 features advanced vehicle dynamics technology for greater agility, an upscale interior, sophisticated styling, and an even quieter ride. With these and many more features, the Mazda6 is a family sedan without compromise.

Stereotypically, you might think a family sedan is boring. But, if you crave a responsive powertrain, sleek styling, and excellent technology, you can have all of that, along with the practicality you need, in the form of the Mazda6.

This year, Mazda has added a lot of exciting standard features to the Mazda6 lineup. This gives buyers even more value for their money. The base Sport trim comes standard with push-button start, 17-inch alloy wheels, a backup camera, and even the Mazda Connect infotainment system. With that system, drivers will enjoy Bluetooth audio streaming along with hands-free phone control.

Step up to the Touring trim, and the Mazda6 adds 19-inch alloy wheels, leatherette seating surfaces, dual-zone climate control, a six-way power driver’s seat, and advanced safety features.

The top of the range Grand Touring model includes navigation, perforated leather-trimmed seats, a full-color Active Driving Display head-up system, paddle shifters, and even more premium amenities.

The 2017 Mazda6 is coming to Mazda of Lake Charles this month, so be sure to stop in and see it!

Next-Generation Mazda MX-5 Miata to Be Lighter

Mazda MX-5 Miata

It seems like only yesterday that the newest generation of the Mazda MX-5 Miata hit public roadways. The legendary roadster is still early in the latest generation but that isn’t stopping Mazda from dropping hints about the next generation. With the latest model dropping to near-1990-level weight, it looks like that trend will continue.

The next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is due to hit roadways around 2021 and project leader Nobuhiro Yamamoto claims the new roadster could drop even more weight. Have no fear, though, roadster lovers—the beloved MX-5 Miata will remain roughly the same size.

Keeping with the current design, Mazda aims to cut more weight from the famous roadster. The automaker plans to do so by using more lightweight materials, like carbon fiber. Mazda isn’t stopping at materials, though.

If the Japanese automaker does use carbon fiber as a main material, the car’s weight will drop even lower. Thanks to the weight loss via carbon fiber, the MX-5 Miata would require smaller brakes, tires, and engine, all of which would further reduce the roadster’s weight.

There’s no confirmation as to what else Mazda plans to do to the Mazda MX-5 Miata but they’ll likely be game-changing adjustments.

We here at Mazda of Lake Charles are pumped for more information about the legendary roadster!

Mazda’s Diesel Sedan Delayed

Mazda’s Diesel Sedan

Here in the United States, we’ve been hearing rumors of a diesel-powered sedan since 2013. Word had it that the Mazda6 would feature the diesel engine, but with recent events, that could be off the table entirely. While Mazda hasn’t entirely pulled the idea, Mazda’s diesel sedan won’t be arriving anytime soon.

The rumored diesel engine has been pushed back thanks in part to certification delays but that isn’t the only cause. Following Volkswagen’s diesel cheating scandal, public opinion of diesel engines has faltered. With a shaky future on the horizon, it may be too much of a risk for Mazda, a smaller automaker, to release a diesel engine.

On top of that, North American CEO Masahiro Moro claimed that, to meet emissions standards, Mazda would have to dramatically reduce the engine’s power. The company as a whole wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, meaning the engine would be far too weak for their liking.

There’s still some hope though. Mazda is keeping a close eye on the United States automotive market. When the time is right, odds are we’ll see a diesel engine available to the public.

We here at Mazda of Lake Charles are hoping to see a diesel engine in the near future!  Tell us if you would be interested in seeing a Mazda diesel engine!

New Car Care Tips

Buying a new car is an event many drivers look forward to, and many only experience it a handful of times. Once off the lot, the car is all yours and it’s your job to take proper care of it. While a new car doesn’t need much in terms of maintenance, it does still need your attention. Here are a few new car care tips from us here at Mazda of Lake Charles.

New Car Care Tips

  • Driving – While it can be tempting to play with all the shiny new dials, buttons, and switches, its best to keep your eyes on the road while driving. All the new toys can be distracting, but the last thing any driver wants is an accident minutes after leaving the lot.
  • Engine – Many drivers worry about breaking in their engine, fearing they’ll ruin it for the car’s lifespan in the first few thousand miles. As a general rule, avoid putting the pedal to the metal and idling for long periods of time. Instead, drive normally along roads you drive often.
  • Read – Your owner’s manual is an inside look at your car. Learn everything you can about it, and make sure to mark the page with the service schedule to keep the most routine maintenance in mind!

Mazda Holds Roadster of the Year Title

Roadster of the Year

The all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata has been pulling in awards left, right, and center, and the latest award is sure to earn a spot at the front of the shelf. The Auto Express New Car Awards named the MX-5 Miata Roadster of the Year for the second year in a row. Amid the latest redesign, that seems to be the standard for the bestselling sports car.

Boasting a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is more balanced than ever. Shorter, lower, and wider than its predecessor, the roadster packs more technology as well, effectively dominating the affordable sports car segment.

The one-millionth MX-5 Miata rolled off the line on April 22, 2016. The best selling roadster features an award winning lineup that only grows stronger with the addition of the soon-to-launch Mazda MX-5 RF.

In addition to the latest award, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 has taken home the 2016 World Car of the Year, 2016 UK Car of the Year, and the 2015 and 2016 Japan Car of the Year awards. That’s quite the list for any car’s lifespan, let alone just two model years.

We here at Mazda of Lake Charles have the roadster of the year in stock and ready to roll! Stop in to see what the fuss is all about from this award winning sports car!

Stock Your Car with These Summer Car Essentials and Be Ready For Anything

Summer Car Essentials

Throughout the year, there are certain items that you should always keep in your car, such as jumper cables, a first-aid kit, and perhaps a spare cell phone charger. But now that the weather has changed for the better, there are some new items you may want to add to the list if you didn’t already have them in your car.

Here’s a short list of summer car essentials to gather this season:

  • Plenty of sunscreen, designed to block both UVA and UVB rays and that has not expired
  • Fresh, clean water
  • A spare swimsuit and beach towel
  • A pair of quality sunglasses
  • A window shade to help keep your car cool when it is parked
  • Non-perishable snacks that won’t be affected by the heat
  • Insect repellant
  • And, if you’ve utilized anything within your first-aid kit recently: fresh first-aid supplies

These tips will help you stay safe this summer and get the most of your summer adventures, whether you are travelling far, or just going to a nearby pool, these items will keep you covered.  For more summer driving tips, or to start your season off with a brand new car, visit us anytime at Mazda of Lake Charles, located in Lake Charles, LA.

The First 2016 Mazda CX-9 Reviews Hype The New Subcompact SUV

2016 Mazda CX-9 Reviews

After months of anticipation, drivers are finally getting behind the wheel of the innovative Mazda CX-9, and the first 2016 Mazda CX-9 reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, praising the new compact SUV.  Released later than many of Mazda’s other 2016 models, (and other brands as well) the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is definitely worth the wait.

The new Mazda CX-9 is being celebrated for its brilliant design, shedding more than 200 pounds from its previous model, making it lighter, more agile, and easier to handle. With these changes and more, the Mazda CX-9 gets a combined fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon.  Keep in mind, the Mazda CX-9 is an SUV:  with all the weight its loss and the improved efficiency, you may think you are getting a sedan with these numbers.

In fact, AutoWeek refers to the Mazda CX-9 driving experience as “taut, agile and fun,” comparing it to the older CX-9, adding that it is now much more refined. Indeed, the new Mazda CX-9 has a stunning amount of modern convenience and safety technology.

Want to check out the 2016 Mazda CX-9 for yourself? Contact us or visit us anytime at Mazda of Lake Charles to take the model out on a test drive!

Tips for Improving Fuel Economy on Road Trips

fuel economy on road trips

We’ve all noticed gas prices creeping back up in the last couple of months, and on long road trips, fuel can be one of the biggest expenses. Follow these tips for improving fuel economy on road trips and save a few bucks on your next vacation.

Before you leave on your trip, take your car to a mechanic or your dealership for an inspection. Keeping your car in great shape is the best way to lower fuel use, which means making sure your tires are properly inflated and aligned, your air filter is clean, and your engine is working properly. This also lowers your chances of breaking down!

Pack as light as you can. The heavier your load, the harder your engine has to work. On the road, keep your speed even and not too high, and avoid sudden braking. You’d be amazed how much gas you can save by coasting. This may also be a good time to engage your cruise control if it’s available in your car.  Avoid idling whenever possible as well—but that doesn’t mean turning your engine off at stoplights. Cars with stop/start technology are a great investment for this!

Follow these simple tips to help you get the most miles on your next road trip this summer.  For more tips or questions regarding your vehicles maintenance, stop by Mazda of Lake Charles today!