Jul 16 2017

Fuel Efficiency Hacks to Make the Most of Your Miles

Published by under Driving Tips

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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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May 24 2017

New Mazda CX-8 Ready for Japan

Published by under Mazda CX-8,Uncategorized

Crossovers are dominating American roadways, but this isn’t the only country where the segment has seen increasing sales year after year. While Americans are digging the larger crossovers and SUVs, Japan is finding a sweet spot with smaller and mid-size crossovers. This has prompted the new Mazda CX-8 to hit the ground running with an official release in Japan this year.New Mazda CX-8 - Sierra Mazda - Ottawa, IL

The Mazda CX-9 is a little too big for the Japanese market, which is why the CX-8 offers many of the same features, including three rows of seating, in a slightly smaller shell. That sizing sets it just above the Mazda CX-5, which is currently the largest model in the brand’s Japanese lineup.

From what we’ve seen in a teaser photo, the Mazda CX-8’s interior seems to feature premium materials and a sloped roof towards the rear. While the CX-8 and CX-9 have the same wheelbase, the former sits around five inches narrower and an inch lower than the CX-9.

What will power the all-new CX-8 is a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine that delivers 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That same engine will arrive in the United States later this year.

We here at Sierra Mazda hope to see the new Mazda CX-8 arriving on American shores in the near future!

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Apr 21 2017

2017 Mazda6 Awards: Premium Style and Performance

Published by under Mazda6

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The 2017 Mazda6

The 2017 Mazda6 Awards

The 2017 Mazda6 awards are numerous and there’s one more to add to the list: the New York Daily News automotive award. This is the second year in a row this model has won, earning positive remarks on interior styling, the KODO—Soul of Motion design, and the superior handling. If you’re looking for an award-winning sedan, the new Mazda6 may be right for you.

Features

According to Mazda, the 2017 Mazda6 comes with a host of new features. The stunning exterior is bound to draw your eye from the start, including the contoured silhouette, aggressive front fascia, and bold lighting. Other great features include powerful yet efficient SKYACTIV engine technologies and the innovative G-Vectoring Control system.

Daily News Comments

“In each category, these awards reflect the best choices for consumers based on practical considerations and our experience driving them,” said Daily News Autos Editor Christian Wardlaw. “The goal is to provide people with smart, practical, enjoyable and emotionally appealing choices across a broad spectrum of vehicles while rewarding automakers for value, innovation, design, and dynamism.”

Sleek Options

The contributors to the Daily News also noted that the latest model year has some sleek options like Nappa leather seating, heated leather steering, and sound-absorbing materials. These are just some of the many reasons the new Mazda6 is winning awards left and right. Test drive this new model at Sierra Mazda today.

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Mar 29 2017

First Look at the New Mazda CX-5

Published by under Auto Shows,Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

 

Los Angeles, California is home to many things, like heavy traffic, sunny beaches, and the Los Angeles Auto Show. It was at this event last November when Mazda introduced its next generation Mazda CX-5 compact crossover vehicle. The CX-5 is one of several Mazda vehicles moving towards premium territory, with the likes of manufacturers like Audi and Porsche.

 

There are plenty of things to be excited about in the new Mazda CX-5, like the new SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel engine, as well as a more responsive transmission to go along with it. The CX-5 will also feature a new suspension. With all of those features, the CX-5 will offer up a promising, all-new, nimble driving experience.

 

Other features on the new CX-5 will include standard LED headlights and taillights, an available power liftgate, active cruise control, and second row heating and air conditioning vents. The entire exterior and interior have also been redesigned for a whole-new look.

 

The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will offer a completely new standard of luxury transportation. The new CX-5 is set to go on sale in the spring and you can be sure that we’ll be offering it at Sierra Mazda as soon as possible. Stay tuned to learn when you can be one of the first to test drive this exciting new vehicle.

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Feb 27 2017

New CX-9 is Nominated for World Car Design of the Year

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Mazda was recognized recently for its impressive design, earning a nomination for the World Car Design of the Year. This award was given to the MX-5 Miata for the 2016 model year, and the CX-9 was recently named a finalist for 2017.2017 Mazda CX-9

 

According to Mazda, the Mazda CX-9 has an impressive design with some exciting new features. This includes a lightweight build, SKYACTIV technologies, and improved fuel economy. Thanks to the weight reduction, the new CX-9 was also able to add some sound insulation to keep the ride truly quiet. Other interior features include available Nappa leather, rosewood, and signature trim.

 

“We couldn’t be more honored to have CX-9 recognized for two World Car of the Year categories,” said Masahiro Moro, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “Last year was a magical moment for the entire Mazda family when MX-5 won, and we’re proud to be among the small number of vehicles voted to the finalists lists from markets all over the world.”

 

Advanced technologies on the new CX-9 include things like the i-ACTIV all-wheel-Drive system with more than 27 sensors to read your situation and keep you protected. It’s no wonder the new Mazda CX-9 was nominated for the prestigious World Car Design of the Year award.

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Jan 24 2017

Upcoming 2017 Concerts in Chicago

Published by under Local Events

After a rough 2016, it’s time to get back on track in the New Year. There’s no better way to do so than by jamming out at some great concerts. Luckily, Chicago is a hub for musicians of all kinds. Whether you want to flashback in time or rock out to current hits, you are sure to enjoy one of these 2017 concerts in Chicago.

2017 Concerts in Chicago

Neil Diamond

Step back in time and enjoy the classics of the 60s and 70s at this Neil Diamond concert. Diamond is considered to be one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time—and for good reason. Popular hits like “I’m a Believer” and “Sweet Caroline” are staples in the music industry, even today. Make sure you catch the opportunity to sing along with this Brooklyn-born crooner on May 28th at the United Center, and purchase your tickets here.

Coldplay

After releasing the single “Yellow” in 2000, Coldplay has rocketed up the charts, becoming one of the most recognizable bands in the industry. Now on their seventh album together, this band’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour is coming to Solider Field Stadium on August 17th, giving you the perfect excuse to head out on the town during the city’s gorgeous summer weather. Get your tickets to see this show-stopping performance here.

Bon Jovi

It’s your life; it’s now or never—so you better book tickets to see Bon Jovi on tour when the band comes to the United Center on March 26th. Bon Jovi first received world-wide recognition after the success of their third album, Slippery When Wet. They came back into the spotlight when their 2000 single “It’s My Life” hit charts after a second hiatus. To check out this band, purchase tickets here.

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Dec 15 2016

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular to Perform Feats in Chicago

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Production companies around the world put on Christmas-themed plays and musicals from all eras. This year, Cirque Music is putting on a show of their own and this time they’ll be stopping in Chicago! This year’s Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is bound to be one show you won’t want to miss.

This fun-filled family-oriented event offers the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. This year’s show will feature a whole host of feats as well as live music.

The Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular features some of the most talented gymnasts, entertainers, and musicians from all over the world. This year’s show will feature feats of strength, skill and grace. To top it all off, a live symphony will perform holiday classics to create the perfect send off into the holiday season.

Experience a full sensory experience designed to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The end goal of the show is to bring people together and if that isn’t just perfect for the holidays, we don’t know what is!

Make sure to get your tickets now because this holiday event is bound to sell out quickly!

Here at Sierra Mazda, we can’t wait for the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular to stop in Chicago!

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Nov 16 2016

Top 5 Best Roadtrip Songs for Holiday Travels

Published by under Driving Tips,Road Trip

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Traveling to see family over the holidays? You might be dreading the miles and miles of open road ahead of you on your journey, but one of the perks of the job is making that roadtrip playlist. Here’s some of the best roadtrip songs to add to the mix, complete with car-themed puns.

 

Hit the Road, Jack – Ray Charles

Okay, so while you can’t really heed Ray’s advice to not “come back no more,” you can start off your journey by hitting the road to this classic rhythm and blues track.

 

Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna

The younger ones in your car might actually recognize this one. Rihanna’s pop vocals appeal to everyone in the vehicle to just shut up and drive, which makes it excellent for parents who just want to play the quiet game.

 

Highway to Hell – AC/DC

We’ve all been there—the middle of your trip, when it feels like you’ve been driving forever but you still have so long to go. Get over that midpoint disappointment by jamming out to some classic rock.

 

No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn – Beastie Boys

Raise your morale with this loud party anthem that’s easy to shout along with.

 

Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Is there anything as iconic as that deep, thumping beat and that opening line—“get your motor runnin’/head out on the highway”? Born to Be Wild makes you feel adventurous and cool when you’re behind the wheel, making it one of the best road-trip songs for your holiday travels.

 

If you want to know whether your sound system is in working order to play your best roadtrip songs, or you need any other vehicle maintenance, just stop in at Sierra Mazda first and we’ll take care of you!

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Oct 20 2016

Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade in Chicago

Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade

The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade in Chicago launched for the first time last year, organized by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association and gathering a wide range of creative communities in Chicago including the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Silent Theater Company, and more.

The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade starts with an afternoon festival where artists from all over put on performances, show art, and play music. Then, in the evening, a huge parade is held along the Chicago Cultural Mile. If you want to see what the Halloween Gathering looked like last year, check out the video on the CCM website recapping last year’s event.

The goal of the festival is not just to create a fun Halloween event but to bring to light artists who have animated the city of Chicago, celebrate the vast array of cultures and kinds of art present in Chicago, and recognize Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.” As the festival’s website says, Halloween is the day when we “don masks and costumes, wrestle with demons, grapple with morality, play with personas, and watch darkness unfold and light fade.”

The festival will take place from 2 to 5 in the afternoon in Millennium Park and Sir George Solti Garden on Saturday October 22, with the parade taking place that evening 6 to 8 along Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St. Both events are free and open to the public. You can find information on how to get involved or sponsor the event on the Chicago Cultural Mile website.

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