Archive for August, 2017
Do I have to use synthetic oil in my Mazda?
One of the great debates among automotive enthusiasts is synthetic oil versus conventional oil. Both types of oil have lots of benefits and ultimately both kinds of motor oil do the same job, lubricate engine components to keep the motor running. It’s rather common for our service department staff to have people wonder if Mazda requires synthetic oil in their cars. Our sales team has spoken with a number of experts and did their own online research. Hopefully, what we have found will help put this debate to bed once and for all. If it has been a while since you’ve been in for an oil change, make an appointment with the Serra Mazda Service Department today. (more…)
How to get the longest life out of Mazda tires
The tires on a Mazda sedan, hatchback or crossover SUV can be easy to overlook. Many of us are guilty of taking granted that we don’t ever have to really pay attention to them — until it’s too late. Murphy’s Law of anything that can go wrong, will – may have been exclusively written about tires. Flats always seem to happen in the worst possible location when the worst possible weather is happening. There are a few simple things you can do to help get the most life out of Mazda tires. Like most things in the automotive world, a little attention goes a long way which will keep you – and your car – happy. (more…)
2018 Mazda3 exterior color options
Both the sedan and hatchback versions of the 2018 Mazda3 are still a little time away from arriving in the Serra Mazda showroom. Since the Mazda3 is one of the most popular vehicles we carry, we have already started to get calls and emails wondering about some of its features. Thanks to some hard work by our sales team, we have found a little information about the 2018 Mazda3 color options that will be available once the new sedan and hatchback gets here. If you would like to be one of the first in the area to own one, contact a Serra Mazda sales professional today to start the pre-ordering process. (more…)
Release date for the 2018 Mazda CX-3
A person could drive about five minutes in any direction and see the roads are filled with crossover SUVs in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. This highly competitive segment of the automotive industry has almost single-handedly changed the way automakers like Mazda have gone about introducing new models. For the upcoming model year, the release date for the 2018 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover SUV will reveal a safer version of the vehicle that still maintains its roots of efficiency and overall capability. Dealerships like Serra Mazda are expecting the 2018 Mazda CX-3 to arrive from the manufacturer early this fall or shortly thereafter. (more…)
What is Mazda Smart City Braking?
Providing Mazda customers with safe vehicles is a top priority for the automaker. Over the years, Mazda has worked very hard to build affordable options that will protect drivers and passengers if the unfortunate were to happen and they would be involved in an accident. Advances in technology are allowing manufacturers to help vehicles lessen the risk a crash could have, or in an ideal situation, prevent an accident before it happens. Mazda has promised that its proprietary i-ACTIVSENSE® technology will be available in some form by Sept. 1, 2022. With that self-imposed deadline is rapidly approaching, several Mazda vehicles available at Serra Mazda are already outfitted with systems like Smart City Braking. (more…)
Best places to watch football games in Birmingham, AL
With the preseason underway and the start of the regular season just around the corner, it’s time to start getting a plan together to watch the games with friends and family. With games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday, there will be lots of opportunities to see your favorite time play. Some of the staff around Serra Mazda got together and came up with this list of the best sports bars to watch football games in Birmingham, AL. Hopefully, one of these venues will fit your tastes, have the game you want to watch and be able to accommodate your group. (more…)
What is Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE®?
Automotive safety features have saved countless lives over the years. It seems almost unimaginable that there was a time when a car or truck would even be manufactured without something as basic as seatbelts. In the 21st century, Mazda has come on as an industry leader in automotive technology. Like many other automakers, Mazda has developed a proprietary suite of systems to try to prevent accidents from happening at all, which is the best way to protect a vehicle’s occupants. Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE® system is actually made up of several different components, each of which act as an extra set of eyes looking out for dangerous situations. (more…)
How do Mazda SKYACTIV-X engines work?
Many times, when an automotive manufacturer is planning on revolutionizing the industry, its plans are kept under wraps. Mazda has announced it will be launching a new line of engine technology by the, called SKYACTIV-X. This is another part of a sustainability program the automaker wants to have in full swing by 2030. Starting in 2019, SKYACTIV-X technology will begin to appear in the Mazda vehicles available at dealerships around the country, including Serra Mazda. The company says SKYACTIV-X will be the world’s first commercially-viable gasoline-powered compression ignition engine system. Everyone is new to this technology, so we’ll do our best to explain it. (more…)
Best places to see 2017 solar eclipse near Birmingham, AL
The solar eclipse occurring on Aug. 21 is an exceedingly rare event, on a cosmic scale. This is the first time a total solar eclipse will be at least partially visible across the entire contiguous United States, since June 1918 – nearly 100 years. Unfortunately, our area and the state of Alabama as a whole is at the wrong latitude to really get a good show. However, from Trussville, we will still be able to see a little more than 90 of the moon covering the sun. To really get the full 2017 solar eclipse experience, you’ll have to put some miles on the car and drive over the Tennessee border. (more…)
Pricing information for the 2018 Mazda3
Traditionally, the Mazda3 has been a great choice for Serra Mazda customers looking for something compact, efficient and more than a little stylish. Furthering this cause is the fact that the vehicle comes has been available in a pair of body styles, sedan and five-door hatchback. Now that more details and pricing information for the 2018 Mazda3 is available, our sales staff is expecting buyers will be clamoring to set up test drives. Some of the changes that have been made to the new Mazda3 include a few standard safety features that can help drivers avoid crashes being available at almost every trim level. (more…)