Packing for a Road Trip: What to Bring

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Ready to start packing for a road trip? Make sure you include these items to make the journey a more painless experience for everyone involved.

Smartphones and Chargers

We use smartphones for a lot these days, from audio to navigation. Did you know you can also check nearby hotel and gas prices through apps? When you pack your phone, make sure you bring along your chargers, too.

Change of Clothes

When you’re packing outfits for the trip, don’t forget to bring along an extra set of clothes or two in case of an emergency.

Cooler

Bringing a cooler is helpful because you can use it to stow snacks for the car ride and also take it with you to the beach. Don’t forget to bring water!

First Aid Kit

Whether you’re with your family, friends, or by yourself, it’s important to have access to emergency supplies. Lots of stores sell fully equipped first aid kits to bring along in the car.

Fun Stuff

In addition to any electronic devices your family may have, you may want to make sure every passenger brings along a book, activity, or favorite toy to ward off boredom.

With these items packed, you’ll be well on your way to an enjoyable trip — and well-prepared for any unexpected issues. Before you go, stop into Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth to test drive a new Mazda.

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Mazda3 Named Best Used Car

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Not everyone wants to buy a new car. For those of you looking for an affordable, high-quality used car, we recommend the Mazda3. In fact, it recently earned the Best Used Car award from CarGurus in the Compact Sedan/Hatchback category. This award applies to model years 2014 through 2018.

“Shoppers who love to drive owe it to themselves to test-drive a pre-owned Mazda3” said Matt Smith, CarGurus senior editor. “Few vehicles deliver the same level of driving enjoyment, and even fewer do so while offering shoppers the choice between sedan and hatchback body styles. Add in the Mazda3’s impressive value retention, and this sporty compact is a great choice for many shoppers.”

Along with its excellent projected retained value, the Mazda3 was well-reviewed by CarGurus professional test drivers. The Mazda3 is also the Mazda brand’s best-selling model all over the world, with more than 5 million sold since 2004.

For years, the Mazda3 has been praised for its precise handling, excellent fuel efficiency, top crash test scores, and refined interior. Whether you choose the four-door sedan or five-door hatchback body, the Mazda3 will help you love driving again. At Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth, we almost always have a great selection of pre-owned Mazda3 models for you to choose from.

Celebrate the Mazda3’s latest recognition when you test drive the latest model for yourself at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.

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2019 Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV®-D 2.2-Liter Diesel Engine Option

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Mazda recently announced the arrival of the 2019 CX-5 Signature AWD with a SKYACTIV®-D 2.2-liter diesel engine at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. With pre-sales starting immediately, this new engine offers drivers an ideal combination of performance and efficiency. This is just one of many exciting additions to the popular CX-5 model.

According to Mazda, the SKYACTIV®-D 2.2 engine is estimated to deliver 168 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. This powertrain achieves an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined.* Plus, this engine not only has impressive torque and gas mileage, but it also comes with a smoother response at high and low engine speeds, as well as increased low- and high-end torque.

“As Mazda continues our climb toward premium, we will offer more powertrain choices that premium customers expect,” said Guyton. “I am happy to share that Mazda’s SKYACTIV®-D 2.2-liter diesel engine is joining the U.S. powertrain lineup with our debut model, the 2019 CX-5 Signature AWD with SKYACTIV®-D.”

The Mazda brand also paired with federal and state agencies in the U.S., like the California Air Resources Board, to ensure that the new diesel engine meets emission standards and passes regulations. That means you can get better torque and gas mileage while reducing emissions.

Contact us at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth for more news from Mazda.

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Introducing the Mazda CX-30

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There is a new compact crossover in town — the Mazda CX-30, which recently debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Auto Show back in March. This sporty addition to the Mazda lineup will offer a spacious, flexible, and sophisticated interior with seating for up to four adults.

We are still waiting to find out the United States engine specs, but we can expect them to be similar to the European options. Those models will be getting three choices — a 2.0-liter inline-four with mild-hybrid technology a 1.8-liter diesel engine, and a Mazda SKYACTIV®-X compression-ignition powertrain with mild-hybrid technology.

The Mazda CX-30 will sit between the CX-3 and the CX-5 in the Mazda lineup. The new model is taller and roomier than the subcompact CX-3. It sets itself apart stylistically from the Mazda CX-3 with sporty, signature contouring on its exterior. These graceful lines trace the coupe-like figure of the Mazda CX-30, the design of which calls to mind both sports car and SUV.

The sophisticated Mazda CX-30 compact crossover should arrive at American dealerships later in the summer of 2019. This new addition to the Mazda lineup just might be the perfect pick for consumers looking for a spacious vehicle with a sporty performance. While you wait for the production release of this exciting new crossover, why not stop by Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth to test-drive your favorite Mazda model?

All-New Mazda SUV to Debut at Geneva Motor Show

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Mazda has been on a roll with SUVs and crossovers. The brand now has the well-respected CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 in its lineup, offering a variety of options to modern families and drivers who want a little more versatility and space than the average car. Now, we hear tell that an all-new Mazda SUV will be on its way soon. Mazda fans recently got their first glimpse of the up-and-coming models at the Geneva Motor Show.

Mazda has revealed the all-new Mazda3 sedan with a new platform, and it stands to reason that the new SUV will be sitting on the same architecture and underpinnings. But where will the SUV sit in the automaker’s crossover and SUV lineup? One could speculate that the discontinued CX-7, which cycled out of the lineup in 2012, is getting a replacement. But Mazda representatives are keeping quiet on details until the new model makes its public debut.

The only information we know thus far about the all-new Mazda SUV is that it will use the latest SKYACTIV® tech to offer the new SKYACTIV®-X engine, which is said to combine the response of a diesel engine with the performance of a gasoline engine. Details are forthcoming when the Geneva International Motor Show runs from March 7-17.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from Mazda. In the meantime, stop by Hiley Mazda to test-drive our favorite model from the brand.

New Mazda Crossovers Coming To U.S.

2019 Mazda CX-5

Though known for their small, sporty sedans, Mazda has been working on expanding the brand’s lineup recently to include more family-friendly models like the CX-3 and CX-5 crossovers. New reports from the Chicago Auto Show have revealed that at least two new Mazda crossovers are on the way to the market, according to Mazda North America CEO Masahiro Moro.

While those who have been following Mazda news already were aware that a crossover was already preparing to be introduced at the upcoming auto show in Geneva, Moro also mentioned that another crossover is being exclusively designed for the North American market.

The two crossovers were also confirmed to share Mazda’s vehicle architecture and design philosophy. They will also both be built at Mazda’s new plant in Alabama. Production should begin on the vehicles by the middle of 2021.

The first of the new Mazda crossovers is set to debut in Geneva soon, but there is no news on when consumers will get a glimpse of the second. Until their launch, Mazda will continue to work on the other crossovers in the brand’s lineup, including the addition of a diesel variant among the models of the CX-5.

While the new crossovers won’t be in dealerships anytime soon, come to our dealership to check out the Mazda lineup at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.

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2019 Mazda CX-5’s Safety Rating Is a Top Safety Pick+

2019 Mazda CX-5

If you have safety as a top priority for your next vehicle, take a look at the 2019 Mazda CX-5’s safety rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Every couple of years, the IIHS makes it more difficult for automakers to achieve its top safety rating. For 2019, the requirements were tightened again with the addition of a “good” rating for the small overlap front crash test on the passenger side. The CX-5 is one of about 30 vehicles to earn the top rating for 2019, making it one of the safest vehicles on the road.

Of the achievement, president and CEO of Mazda North American Masahiro Moro said, “Each year the IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ becomes more difficult to attain but our dedication to excellent engineering continues to shine.”

Along with its good crash test results, the CX-5 comes standard with a host of advanced safety features including Smart City Brake Support, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Additional features as part of the i-ACTIVESENSE® package include lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, automatic windshield wipers, and an upgraded forward collision warning system.

Take a ride in the safe, reliable 2019 Mazda CX-5 when you visit Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.

Holiday Driving Tips: Surviving the Road This Winter

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Travelling home for the holidays isn’t always a breeze, especially with cooler temperatures and busy traffic abounding. To ease the stress of the season, keep these holiday driving tips in mind, from maintenance advice to emergency preparedness. You can also improve driving habits to help you travel safely this time of year.

According to AAA, one of the most important things to remember is that your vehicle should be properly maintained during winter. Change the oil, check the tire pressure, and top off any fluids if necessary. While there’s less of a chance that we’ll see snow and ice in Texas than in other parts of the country, it’s still important to prepare for the worst by making sure the tires aren’t worn.

Stick to the speed limit to ensure you get better fuel economy and take precautions to avoid bumping into other cars. It’s smart to leave before busy times of the day. Consider leaving an hour earlier than you normally would to avoid heavy traffic, and avoid driving on December 24 and December 31 altogether if possible.

Pack a roadside emergency kit to keep in your car. Stock it with water, a spare gas can, and a first aid kit. AAA suggests that you sign up for an emergency roadside service in case you lock your keys in the car, get a flat, or need towing.

If you need help getting your car ready for this time of year, contact Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.

Holiday Events in Fort Worth You Should See with Your Family

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While we might not get much snow in Texas, we still love to celebrate Christmas. If you want to add some cheer to your life, here are some great holiday events in Fort Worth.

Panther Island Ice

Join the crowd ice skating in downtown Fort Worth at Panther Island Ice. The outdoor rink is opened through Jan. 14.

Gift of Lights

Drive through the Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights. This fantastic display is open Nov. 22-Dec. 30.

Santaland Diaries

This adults-only Christmas show will have you laughing all night long. It is presented by Casa Manana and runs Dec. 6 – 22.

Christmas in the Stockyards

We all love visiting the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. On Dec. 1, visit again for some holiday charm. The fun starts with a cattle drive at 11:30 a.m. There will also be live music, a parade, a Wild West Show, and other holiday activities.

The Nutcracker

The Texas Ballet Theater will present this holiday classic at Bass Hall Dec. 7-24.

Go Running

If you want to combat all the holiday calories, sign up for a running event. There is the YMCA Turkey Trot on Nov. 22 and the Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 1.

We at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth wish you and your family a happy holidays!

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October Events in Fort Worth, Texas

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Now that fall is here, we are getting a small break from the heat. This makes it the perfect time of year to head outdoors and have some fun. Here are some of the best October events in Fort Worth for some family fun.

Clearfork Fall Market

Come get a taste of the season at the Clearfork Fall market. There will be over 30 local artisans, merchants, and regular farmers market vendors. The market takes place October 13th from 8am to noon at the Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Fest

This family-friendly event is the most fun you can have in Fort Worth. It will be held October 26th through the 28th this year and will be held at the Stockyards National Historic District. Here you can watch the rodeo, listen to the youth fiddling contests, and enjoy some delicious chuck wagon food.

Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

Come watch some spectacular displays of aerial acrobatics at this amazing air show. This year, it will run October 28th and 29th at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Some of the stars of the show this year will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron and the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team.

If you need a better vehicle to get you to all of these fun events, contact us at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.

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