Oh, the Possibilities! Mazda Reveals Accessories Concept for New MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

With its “impossibly low” front hood, wide stance and smooth, curvaceous sheet metal, the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be plenty appealing in stock form when it goes on sale this summer, but local fans looking to accessorize were recently treated to a preview of all the possibilities. The 2016 MX-5 accessories concept vehicle was on display at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show held at McCormick Place in February, highlighting the potential style and performance upgrades that could grace the next-gen roadster without detracting from its minimalist, lightweight design.

Contrasting the pristine Ceramic Metallic body, a gloss-black aero kit tempted show attendees by adorning the MX-5 accessories concept with a front air dam, side sill extensions, a rear lip spoiler and a rear bumper skirt. Echoing that call to the dark side were 17-by-7-inch forged black BBS wheels with 205/45R17 tires, while lightweight Brembo front brakes with red calipers hinted at the roadster’s responsive performance. Nodding to function just as much as form, Mazda also showcased a carbon-fiber luggage rack that weighs less than two pounds and mounts to the new MX-5 Miata’s trunk.

With or without those potential accessories, the 2016 MX-5 Miata will be about 150 pounds lighter than the previous generation, and a new 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine will make the most of those weight savings with its potent 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Buyers will be able to pair that powerplant to one of two smooth-shifting transmissions: a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

For over a quarter century, the MX-5 Miata has wowed drivers with its world-class handling by doing more with less, and it looks like the 2016 model will be the best example of that concept yet. We can’t wait until it arrives at our Chicagoland Mazda dealership along with the warmer weather – there’s nothing better than test-drives with the top down!

Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata Honored as Best Cars for the Money by U.S. News

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

Getting a great deal on a new car involves much more than simply finding a low purchase price, which is why U.S. News & World Report releases its annual Best Cars for the Money awards to help buyers factor in overall quality and value in the long term. In the recently released 2015 edition of the awards, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata were winners in the 3-Row SUVs and Midsize Cars classes, respectively.

To examine the value of each vehicle, U.S. News combined the average purchase price according to TrueCar with the five-year total cost of ownership from Vincentric. Meanwhile, quality was measured by a car’s reliability and safety ratings as well as its reviews in the automotive press, which were quantified in U.S. News rankings based on performance, interior comfort and interior features.

Topping its segment for the third straight year, the Hyundai Santa Fe has become a mainstay in the Best Cars for the Money awards because of its excellent value and its spacious interior, which includes intuitive standard technology like the Blue Link Telematics System, steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls, and a 4.3-inch color touchscreen with a rearview camera. On the other hand, the fully redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata earned an award this year thanks in part to the critical acclaim it has received for its smoother ride and quieter, more refined cabin.

Are you looking to form your own opinion of the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe or Sonata? We’ve got plenty of models in stock at our Chicagoland Hyundai dealership, so pay us a visit and we’ll help you find your ideal vehicle.


Small-yet-Spacious 2015 Honda Fit Proves It Doesn’t Skimp on Safety

2015 Honda Fit

The engineers of the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit have been praised for making the subcompact smaller on the outside while increasing passenger space on the inside, and crash tests continue to prove that the model also became safer during that process. After earning a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last August, the 2015 Fit has now received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program.

Helping the 2015 Fit excel in the NHTSA’s frontal, side and rollover crash tests were advanced safety features like its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, its side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor and its driver- and front-passenger SmartVent side airbags. The redesigned subcompact can also help prevent accidents in the first place with a standard multi-angle rearview camera and optional Honda LaneWatch technology, which activates a small camera on the passenger-side mirror to provide a much broader view of the adjacent lane in the available seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen.

In addition to enjoying an extra 4.9 cubic feet of overall passenger volume and a 4.8-inch boost to rear legroom compared to the prior 2013 model, owners of the 2015 Fit can make the most of that added space with a second-row Magic Seat that can fold flat to open up 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room or split in a 60/40 configuration to accommodate a mix of passengers and gear.

Whether you prioritize space, safety or both, the new Honda Fit shows that downsizing your ride doesn’t have to equate to a cramped cabin or inferior crash protection. We suggest taking one for a test-drive at our Chicagoland Honda dealership to witness all the smart engineering for yourself.