A stock photo of a windshield covered in ice.

Getting stuck without an ice scraper isn’t great, but not a disaster

Is it ok to use a credit card to scrape ice off my car? 

As we close in on Thanksgiving, it is important to prepare for the next big date on the calendar — the first day of Winter. The next season coming our way means having to deal with snow and ice, despite many people having a deep desire to not have to do that. If you’re like any of several people working at Compass Mazda (who shall remain nameless), you may have found yourself with iced-over car windows and no scraper in the vehicle. If you’re wondering, ‘Is it ok to use a credit card to scrape ice off my car,’ the answer is, yes. However, you should also know that it is probably going to destroy the credit card. Here are some other ways you can remove ice from your windows without using a traditional ice scraper.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Don’t let the small Mazda CX-30 fool you, it can do a lot

Is the 2021 Mazda CX-30 good for off-road driving? 

The Mazda CX-30 is the latest of the automaker’s crossover SUVs to join its roster. It offers a slender footprint, sharp and composed handling as well as a long list of standard safety features. As the platform enters its second production year, it has been increasingly common for Compass Mazda product experts to be asked, ‘Is the 2021 Mazda CX-30 good for off-road driving?’ This is actually a very good question; however, our team asks a couple of follow-ups. Can the Mazda CX-30 handle less than ideal road conditions? It sure can. Will it make short work of rough gravel roads where the best hiking trails are? Yes. Does it have the ability to go mudding with my friends? That isn’t recommended — at all. Let’s take a look at some things you need to know.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is set to arrive fully connected, learn more today

Does the 2021 Mazda CX-5 have Wi-Fi? 

The various members of the Mazda class of 2021 are starting to arrive at the Compass Mazda just about every day. One of the vehicles that our team of product experts is most excited to see is the latest iteration of the Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV. While the most popular crossover SUV on the manufacturer’s roster is getting new upgrades for the new model year, our staff wanted to make sure future customers know what is in store for them. One of the more common questions we’ve heard lately is, ‘Does the 2021 Mazda CX-5 have Wi-Fi?’ Yes, it does. However, being able to access the internet is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s take a closer look at what will be available.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Schedule a test drive with the 2021 Mazda3 Sedan today

Is the 2021 Mazda3 Sedan available in Middletown, NY? 

Everyone working at the Compass Mazda showroom is very excited that the automaker’s class of 2021 has started to arrive. This is the time of year when our team of product experts get a lot of calls from people asking, ‘Is the 2021 Mazda3 Sedan available in Middletown, NY?’ As of a few days ago, we can start telling them, yes, it is. For the new model year, the sedan version of the popular Mazda compact sedan picks up a turbocharged version of its SKYACTIV®-G engine that will produce quite a bit of power. Additionally, most of the 2021 Mazda3 Sedan lineup will be outfitted with the manufacturer’s latest and most advanced infotainment system. Let’s take a look at a few things you can expect to see when you visit us.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A photo of the 2021 Mazda CX-9 driving on a rural road.

Get to know the 2021 Mazda CX-9 before you schedule a test drive

Release Date and Upgrade Info for the 2021 Mazda CX-9 

The Mazda CX-9 checks off several essential boxes for customers. Primarily, the Mazda CX-9 serves as the largest model in the automaker’s lineup – making it perfect for growing families. If you’ve been patiently waiting for the release date and upgrade info for the 2021 Mazda CX-9, today is your lucky day. Not only is the 2021 version of the Mazda CX-9 available for sale or lease at the Compass Mazda showroom, but we can also help you understand what the three-row crossover has to offer. The automaker has kept changes to the 2021 Mazda CX-9 pretty simple and straight-forward. Each trim grade will offer a larger center-mounted touchscreen display that is loaded with the latest Mazda infotainment software. Let’s take a look at what else Compass Mazda product experts can expect to see when they visit us.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Every 2021 Mazda CX-30 to be equipped with latest tech

Which 2021 Mazda CX-30 models have Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto? 

When the Mazda CX-30 debuted for the 2020 model year, it arrived with a splash inside of the emerging compact crossover SUV segment of the automotive industry. Most of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 lineup was equipped with the manufacturer’s latest connectivity system, but the base trim grade was left out. So, which 2021 Mazda CX-30 models have Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™? Compass Mazda customers should be very pleased to find out that the automaker will be making this technology available on all trims of the 2021 Mazda CX-30, including the 2.5 S base trim that will have a starting price tag under $22,000. Let’s take a look at a few other details about the 2021 Mazda CX-30 you might be interested in learning.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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There are big changes coming for the new Mazda CX-5

Release Date for the 2021 Mazda CX-5 

The Mazda CX-5 makes a strong case for being the most popular of the automaker’s crossover SUVs available at dealerships like Compass Mazda. And, because it’s getting to be the time of the year when people are calling, texting and emailing our product experts to ask about the release date for the 2021 Mazda CX-5. We have recently found out that the vehicle will officially go on sale in September 2020. Mazda has made several important upgrades to its popular crossover SUV platform that include improving the standard infotainment system interface and adding a new way to help drivers and passengers to remain connected to the world outside the 2021 Mazda CX-5Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see when the 2021 Mazda CX-5 goes on sale in a few weeks.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you using the right oil in your Mazda vehicle?

Does Mazda require synthetic oil in its engines? 

If there is one lesson that the expert technicians working at the Compass Mazda Service Department would like vehicle owners to learn is the overall importance of changing their vehicle’s oil on time. Nobody needs to be a master mechanic to understand that skipping oil changes is bad for the health of the engine. However, that isn’t the end of the story. The second most important lesson our team would like Mazda vehicle owners to learn is that it’s almost as important to use the right oil during any service appointments. So, does Mazda require synthetic oil in its engines? For vehicles built in the last several years, the answer will almost certainly be, yes. Let’s take a look at some helpful information.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Looking for a crossover SUV with AWD? Mazda offers a lot of options

2020 Mazda crossover SUVs with all-wheel-drive near Middletown, NY 

There aren’t many other automakers that can go toe-to-toe with the lineup of Mazda crossover SUVs available at dealerships like Compass Mazda. If you’re looking for a 2020 Mazda crossover SUVs with all-wheel-drive near Middletown, NY, there is literally no bad choice to make. All four Mazda platforms will have the i-ACTIV AWD® system available as an option on most trim grades. Since we got that important piece of customer information out of the way, our team of product experts thought it would be helpful to deliver a few highlights for each Mazda crossover SUV that will help potential buyers make the best possible decision, using the most relevant information. Let’s take a look at what our team found.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A silhouetted photo of the 2021 Mazda3 in a garage.

Are you ready for the arrival of the 2021 Mazda3?

New Features and Engines Specs for the 2021 Mazda3 

In a world where crossover SUVs are king, Mazda continues to develop its popular Mazda3 sedans and hatchbacks. Both versions of the nameplate have very recently gone through a major redesign and just two years later, the automaker is changing the game again. The new features and engine specs for the 2021 Mazda3 are nothing short of ground-breaking and will place the vaunted Mazda3 platform even further ahead of its remaining competitors. While there is still a fair amount of mystery surrounding what Mazda is going to bringing to market with the Mazda3, there are some important bits of information that have been made available. Let’s take a look at what Compass Mazda customers can expect to see when it finally goes on sale.  Read the rest of this entry >>