Archive for the ‘FAQs’ Category
Starting Your Car to Warm It Up: Good Practice or Myth?
If you’re here, then you’ve got a simple question:
Should you warm up your car in the winter before you start driving? Well, that depends on the type of engine in your vehicle. Take a look.(more…)
Winter/Snow Tires: How Much Do They Really Cost?
If you’re here, you’ve definitely heard that you should get winter or snow tires. Consumer Reports recommends anyone that drives in a place that regularly gets below 45° F put a set on their vehicle. But aren’t they expensive?
How much will it cost to put a full set of winter tires on your vehicle? Take a look.(more…)
Winter Car Care: Car Washing
Road salt is the bane of every car’s existence. And here in Wisconsin, it’s everywhere during wintertime. While salt is very important for keeping us safe while driving on snowy roads, it completely destroys the cars it touches. But if it cold outside, you can’t wash your car…right? Not quite.
Here’s why you should wash your vehicle during the winter.(more…)
Drivetrains and Snowy Roads: What’s Safe and What to Avoid
There’s no two ways about it: AWD is the best drivetrain for driving in the snow. However, there’s a idea floating around online that anything other than AWD is completely useless in the snow. Is that true?
Is it safe to drive a FWD car in the snow? How about a RWD one?(more…)
2020 Mazda Vehicles Ready for Cold Weather
Tomorrow is the first day of autumn! With autumn comes shorter days, beautiful fall colors, and…colder weather. That’s right. And while some of us love the colder months, no one likes getting into a cold car, sitting on cold seats, and having to wear gloves just to hold a cold steering wheel. And don’t forget about scraping the windows and mirrors so you can see. Luckily for us here in the Milwaukee area, most Mazda vehicles come with great features to mitigate all that discomfort.
Today, we’ll show you at which trim level every 2020 Mazda vehicle gets cold weather features including heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, and multi-zone automatic climate control.(more…)
Can Manual Transmissions Use Adaptive Cruise Control?
Adaptive cruise control and a manual transmission may initially seem like they’re completely incompatible. If a vehicle manually requires you to shift gears, then how could adaptive cruise control regulate speed? Despite this seemingly inherent contradiction, some manual vehicles do have it, like the 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback Premium six-speed manual variant.
So then, how can a manual vehicle have adaptive cruise control?(more…)
Does Wheel Size Affect Ride Quality?
You may have seen or heard something about wheel size affecting ride quality. Perhaps you were talking to someone with the same car as you who said they’re car has a rough ride, but yours is smooth. So what’s going on?
Do bigger wheels really affect ride quality?(more…)
KODO: The Soul of Motion – The Science of How Mazda Turns Automobiles into Art
With the 2020 Mazda recently winning the World Car Design of the Year for 2020, we thought we’d explore what makes Mazda vehicles so distinct from other brands. The answer to the success of Mazda in recent years lies partially in their design philosophy: KODO.
What is Mazda KODO design?(more…)
How to Stop Your Car from Squealing on Start-Up
Turning on your car just to have it squeal loudly is as annoying as it is embarrassing. Everyone with in earshot will look around and want to know where such a distinct sound came from. Luckily, about 90% of the time there is a single, easily-fixable culprit.
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Why does my car squeal when I start it?(more…)
Retractable Hardtop vs Traditional Soft-Top: Which is Better?
Many people love the cabriolet, or the convertible as we call them in the States. However, sometimes what looks like a normal coupe all-of-a-sudden starts folding down its roof like something straight out of a sci-fi flick. Some people swear that the true convertible experience comes with a soft top though. So which is better? Which should you choose? What are the pros and cons of each?
What’s the difference between a retractable roof and a traditional convertible?(more…)