Apr 12 2018

Mazda SKYACTIV® engine Offers Lower Emissions Than EVs

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The Mazda SKYACTIV® engine lineup is considered one of the most fuel-efficient in the industry — and it’s about to get even better.

Coming Soon.

Next year, the Japanese carmaker is introducing the newest generation of SKYACTIV® engine, called the Spark Controlled Compression Ignition SKYACTIV®-X. This engine is set to have well-to-wheel emissions lower than that of existing electric vehicles, according to the manufacturer’s estimate.

If this is the case, then, compared to the CO2 used when producing electricity for EVs, the Mazda SKYACTIV-X engine will produce less burning fossil fuel. Mazda reported that a mid-sized electric car uses 20 kWh of electricity per 100 km. To produce the electricity to power this vehicle, burning coal would produce 200g/km CO2 emissions, while burning petroleum would produce 156 g/km.

“With two-thirds of global electricity production currently relying on the use of fossil fuels, Mazda believes regulations placing the absolute emissions of an EV (electric vehicle) at zero to be disingenuous,” says Mazda.


With a 10% improvement in the current SKYACTIV-G engine, the combustion units could be considered equal to electric cars when it comes to emissions.

Along with the next-generation SKYACTIV-X engine, Mazda will also offer a range of electric vehicles and hybrids. An electric vehicle will arrive in showrooms like Sierra Mazda’s in 2019, while a plug-in hybrid will debut in 2025.

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Mar 28 2018

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Pricing Announced in Chicago

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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Pricing | Ottawa, IL

The Windy City

Mazda has always considered Chicago to be the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s second home not only because it has been the site of a number of MX-5 “firsts,” but because it was where this vehicle made its world debut back in 1989. Now, the Windy City has become the location for Mazda’s newest announcement — the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF pricing and packaging.

The MX-5 Miata RF, which stands for retractable fastback, will be entering its second model year with a number of upgrades. This award-winning vehicle will have a starting price tag of $31,910. It will feature standard Advanced Keyless Entry on all MX-5 models, along with standard heated cloth sport seats in the base Club trim. The Club trim’s Brembo/BSS Package will also include new color options and heated leather-trimmed seats.

For the Club and Grand Touring trim levels, you will see some top-notch standard tech, such as a Bose® nine-speaker audio system with AudioPilot®, a MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, and Bluetooth® connectivity. The more luxurious Grand Touring models will also find standard rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, navigation, and safety technologies such as the Lane Departure Warning System and High Beam Control.

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 is available now at Sierra Mazda; learn how much it would be to take this nice little car home today.

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Feb 20 2018

Toyota-Mazda Partnership Helps Create New Autonomous Vehicle Concept

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Toyota-Mazda partnership | Sierra Mazda | Ottawa, IL

Future Project.

It looks like Mazda’s popular rotary engine will come back to the industry. The Japanese automaker recently announced that it is joining forces with Toyota-Mazda partnership to develop a range-extending rotary engine for use in a shared future project — the e-Palette Concept.

This concept, which Toyota revealed earlier this year at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is a battery-electric vehicle prototype that drives itself. With Mazda’s rotary engine, Toyota hopes to extend the e-Palette’s range.

More Information To Come.

There is little information out there about Mazda’s role in this Toyota-Mazda partnership, but Toyota’s presentation makes it seem as if this vehicle could be the answer to a lot of transportation needs. It will have an open interior design layout, which means it can be outfitted with an interior that suits the user’s needs, no matter what they are. According to Toyota, the e-Palette Concept will come in three sizes, so consumers can have the right vehicle for them in every way.

Along with Mazda, Toyota is also planning on partnering with Amazon, DiDi, Pizza Hut, and Uber. Each partner will utilize this technology in specific ways to enhance their respective industries. Toyota is predicting that this concept will actually be out on the road in various regions in the early 2020s, which means you could see it in Sierra Mazda showrooms in the next few years.

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Jan 22 2018

New 2018 CX-5 Handling Receives High Scores from Reviewers

Published by under Mazda CX-5

2018 CX-5 Handling | Ottawa, IL

Making A Name.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is making quite a name for itself thanks to its stunning exterior design and excellent handling and performance. The CX-5 is great for drivers who want a vehicle that will stand apart on the road.  Yet this charming model comes with more than just good looks — it has a truly refined chassis. For a driving experience like never before, check out the new CX-5.

According to Car and Driver, which gave the CX-5 a five-star rating, this model is the best-driving compact crossover on the road. What exactly does it mean to be the “best-driving” compact crossover? In particular, the editors and experts at Car and Driver noted that the tuned chassis provides responsive steering, the engine is powerful yet efficient, and the six-speed transmission is smooth. The 2018 CX-5 handling is simply unparalleled.

Enjoyable ride.

“Distinctive styling and engaging driving dynamics separate the CX-5 from the competition,” writes Eric Stafford of Car and Driver. “The pièce de résistance is a phenomenal chassis that combines precise steering with refined road manners.” In other words, the CX-5 is one of the few models on the market that is simply enjoyable to drive, yet it also has the latest amenities and intelligent engine options.

We encourage you to test drive the latest Mazda CX-5 at Sierra Mazda. We can tell you all about the tuned chassis, the intelligent adaptive cruise control system, or the soft leather trim, but it’s more efficient to see what makes the CX-5 so special by driving it in person.

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Dec 11 2017

Ottawa Holiday Events to Enjoy This December

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Ottawa Holiday Events

Ottawa has a lot going on this holiday season. We at Sierra Mazda can’t wait to check out the following events.


Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree – Dec. 10

Give back in a fun way by purchasing a $50 ticket to this charming evening out held at the Knights of Columbus; all proceeds go to youth programs at the Warren-Sharpe Community Center. The soiree features a live performance by the Euphony Band, an onsite bar, and complimentary snacks.


Fiat Paint on Pine Christmas Party – Dec. 15

Looking to get crafty this holiday season? Then you need to attend this creative event at St. Mary Immaculate Parish and make your own custom Christmas art on a piece of wood. Beverages will be provided, and all guests are encouraged to bring a snack to share.


Holiday Kids Fun at Eola – Dec. 16

Open to children, ages two and up, this event inspires little ones to create and decorate holiday ornaments and cards. While the young artists are busy their parents and caregivers can enter a raffle and shop for everyone on their Christmas lists at any (or all) of the 15 nearby businesses.


New Years Eve Pairing Dinner & Get Lit-Up Party – Dec. 31

There are a few ticket options for this one you can attend both dinner and party, or opt for one or the other. If you choose to go for the whole package, this event is a five-course meal with beer and wine pairing, plus an extravagant New Year’s Eve party.


These local Ottawa events are sure to make December a month full of holiday cheer!

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Oct 26 2017

Mazda CX-5 Diesel in the Works

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Mazda CX-5 Diesel

The Mazda CX-5 is a well-known crossover. It’s obvious as to why. With its distinctive styling and impressive versatility, it’s hard to beat. It’s going to be even harder to beat now, since the second generation CX-5 is adding a diesel engine.

This engine shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Mazda lovers, since Mazda prioritizes innovation. The new CX-5 will keep its previous engine—a 2.5-liter direct-injection gas engine—but it’s also adding a 2.2-liter diesel as an option.

Diesel engines have risen in popularity recently due to their increased efficiency. While the word “diesel” sounds hefty, diesel engines actually use less fuel. You can expect the new CX-5’s diesel engine to have an even higher fuel rating than the current CX-5’s 31 highway mpg.*

Diesel engines are also resilient—they tend to last twice as long as gasoline engines. Plus, you don’t have to worry as much about your engine overheating since diesel engines burn fuel more efficiently and therefore, don’t heat up as intensely while operating.

All CX-5 engines, diesel or otherwise, will come equipped with the new SKYACTIV® technology. This technology enhances the functioning of your engine, transmission and suspension to give you more control and stability on the road.

No matter which engine option you choose, the new Mazda CX-5 is sure to impress you. Stop by Sierra Mazda for a test drive.

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

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Sep 25 2017

These Ottawa, Illinois Events Are Perfect for You and Your Mazda

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William Reddick House in Ottawa, IL. Taken by Teemu008. No changes.

The Mazda3 4-Door and 5-Door compact cars are efficient, versatile and work just as well for weekend getaways as for daily commutes. Pack your friends and family into your Mazda3 from Sierra Mazda and head out to one of these upcoming Ottawa, Illinois events.



On Sept. 22-24 invite your friends to carpool in your Mazda3 4-Door over to the annual Ottawa Oktoberfest. You’ll have a grand time getting in the German spirit, snacking on brats, tasting various beers, and dancing to live music.


Ottawa Annual Scarecrow Fest

This yearly festival is the perfect way for you and your family to celebrate the fall season. Gather in downtown Ottawa on Sept.30 for kid-friendly fun like bouncy houses, face painting, and more.


28th Pumpkin Pie Ride

On Oct. 1 make some use of all the cargo space in your Mazda3 5-Door by loading up your bicycle into it for the annual Pumpkin Pie Ride. The ride includes fresh-baked cookies at every rest stop and pumpkin pie at the end. The whole family is welcome!


Fall Color Weekend

The Mazda3 can be the perfect little car for a ride to a trailhead. Pack your snacks and hiking boots and meet with the Starved Rock guides at Starved Rock State Park to take a colorful and education hike in the fall foliage.


Haunted Halloween Night Hikes

If you’re looking for something spookier, this Oct. 28 hike will fit the bill. Hear spooky ghost stories on your guided hike and stay afterward for some great kid-friendly crafts. This program is free and an excellent substitute for or addition to trick-or-treating!

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Aug 21 2017

Mazda Miata Review: A Market Summary

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Shopping for a car can be stressful, especially with the wide range of automotive reviews on the web. That’s why we at Sierra Mazda have composed a Mazda Miata review. Covering reviews from some of the top websites in the industry, such as Car and Driver, U.S. News & World Report, and Motor Trend, we’re aiming to show you some of the highlights on the new Mazda MX-5 Miata.

The famed Car and Driver website gives the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata a 5/5 rating, listing it among the top sports cars in the industry. The magazine’s editors tested the Miata, noting that the two-seater is perfect for those who want a thrilling drive. With up to 155 horsepower and a 6.1-second 0 to 60 mph, the Miata will redefine your driving experience.

Mazda Miata reviewU.S. News & World Report ranks the MX-5 among the best sports cars around. Among its pros, the Miata has unparalleled agility and handling, a fun transmission, a surprisingly efficient engine, and better than average safety features. For 2017, U.S. News notes that the MX-5 RF is perfect for those looking for a hard-top convertible.

Finally, Motor Trend editors write that the “sexy new RF power-folding hardtop” is ideal for those who want a more thrilling ride. Additionally, the excellent handling makes driving more engaging, while the two-seat design adds sporty appeal.

Mazda Miata reviewTo test the Mazda MX-5 Miata in person, stop by Sierra Mazda. You can learn more about this sports car’s power, efficiency, and design, as well as the Miata’s unparalleled handling.

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Jul 16 2017

Fuel Efficiency Hacks to Make the Most of Your Miles

Published by under Driving Tips

fuel efficiency hacks

Gas prices aren’t very reliable, but there are a few fuel efficiency hacks you can follow to guarantee that, no matter what type of vehicle you drive, you’re getting the most “go” out of every gallon of gas you purchase.

  1. Conserve gas by conserving your braking

Braking means accelerating, and accelerating is what really kills your fuel numbers. As you sit in traffic, leave yourself a buffer while all the other cars speed up to go. That way, you can time your forward motion so you coast to a stop instead of braking at the last minute. That will save more gas than you think!

  1. Cars aren’t magical motion machines

It might not seem like your car is doing much as you cruise over flat terrain, but even on easy roads, your vehicle is putting forth a titanic engineering effort that only increases on tougher paths, such as driving up hill. Let your car lose a little speed while you’re driving uphill; the lost MPH will save you MPG.

  1. Make sure your tires are properly inflated

It’s true: if your tires are even a little flat, you’re losing MPG. A tire with proper tire pressure is the best friend of lowered gas consumption.

If you’ve tried those fuel efficiency hacks, and you’re still worried your vehicle is guzzling a little too much gas, maybe it’s time for regular car maintenance. Give the Sierra Mazda service department a call today to schedule a service check-up!

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Jun 22 2017

2017 Mazda Miata RF Overview: Smooth-Riding Roadster

2017 Mazda Miata RFThe 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a roadster that brings a stylish design and exceptional handling to the road. The success and critical acclaim that the redesigned roadster earned resulted in the creation of an upscale model designed for those who want a little luxury in their thrill ride. Meet the 2017 Mazda Miata RF, a roadster with attitude.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, which stands for Retractable Fastback, offers a roof made of four parts. The rear part is responsible for holding the roofline that slopes into the trunk. It rises to allow the next two parts of the roof to fall into the convertible well. The rear part then retakes its position to help air flow smoothly. The convertible top is capable of going down in around 13 seconds, depending on the car’s speed.

The 2017 MX-5 Miata RF rolls out with a stunning red paint job and 17-inch black wheels that take this roadster’s athleticism to a new level. An interior full of premium materials and ergonomic controls make it a hard convertible to pass up.

Weighing in at under 2,500 lbs. the roadster’s four-cylinder engine hammers the ground with a peppy 155 horsepower. That’s more than enough for the lightweight roadster to offer a thrilling ride.

At Sierra Mazda, we are excited to see the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF offering more luxury at an affordable price!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

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