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.

 

Oktoberfest

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

Mazda Miata review

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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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

2017 Mazda6 awards

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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