2018 Sonata Preview

What’s better than a reliable, comfortable, well-made sedan? That would be an updated one, of course. On that note, one of our favorite mid-size sedans, the Hyundai Sonata, is getting some notable changes for the new 2018 Sonata model. The new model will show off new designs, updated features, and new standard technology, making it more desirable than ever before.

 2018 Sonata - Hyundai

You’ll notice the change in the 2018 Sonata from the beginning when it makes an entrance with its new, bold front end, headed by a larger grille. From there, subtle details enhance the Sonata’s silhouette, including updated taillamp graphics and a choice between new 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the roomy cabin of the 2018 Sonata gets updates to its steering wheel, its shift knob, and its HVAC controls. Also, new technology makes a ride in the 2018 Sonata feel even more modern than before, thanks to conveniences like available wireless charging and a rear-seat USB port. Additionally, smartphone compatibility will be the new standard in every 2018 Sonata with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built into every model. Driver-assist technologies like lane departure warning will also become available in the new Sonata, rounding out the new technological offerings nicely.

We should know more about the 2018 Sonata soon, but this new model year promises to be a good one. We can’t wait to take the first test drive and offer the 2018 Sonata on our lot at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi.




Review of the 2017 Mazda CX-5

Just when it seems like all crossovers are the same, the Mazda CX-5 makes itself known with a spunky performance and a luxurious cabin. Since the first generation was released in 2012, the CX-5 has been one of Mazda’s best-selling vehicles.

 2017 Mazda CX-5

The super stylish 2017 Mazda CX-5 presents the model’s first complete re-design since the crossover’s inception. Its exterior gets an attractive new look, reminiscent of the Mazda CX-9, plus two new paint colors, new headlights, and new taillights. The new CX-5 also adds conveniences like a power liftgate to its exterior as well.

Interior

Inside, the 2017 CX-5 offers up more legroom and excellent headroom for its class. The back seat is comfortable for passengers, and even includes vents for air-conditioning in the higher Touring model, plus USB charging ports.

Engine

There’s only one powertrain option in the 2017 Mazda CX-5, but one is all you’ll need. The 187-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine plus a six-speed automatic transmission offers extremely responsive handling and performance for a fun drive every time.

We’ve always been a fan of this best-selling crossover, and now more than ever. To learn more about the second generation of the Mazda CX-5, stop by Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi today.




Mazda Earns Manufacturer of the Year Award

Mazda Manufacturer of the Year

Congrats Mazda!

At the 2017 Automotive Management Awards, Mazda came home with the top accolade of Manufacturer of the Year. This award comes on the tails of a great 2016 and before the release of some exciting new models, including the Mazda Miata MX-5 RF.

Automotive Management’s judges were impressed by the overall Mazda brand and said, “They’re now a brand of great cars, not just the one. Attractive, reliable, and great to drive, if you weren’t familiar with the brand, or it was hidden from you, you’d think you were driving one of the premium brands”.

Over the past few years, Mazda has made a big name for itself in the industry with its excellent reliability, superb KODO – Soul of Motion design, and advanced SKYACTIV Technology. In addition, Mazda believes that every driver deserves to enjoy driving his or her car, which is why every Mazda feels like it becomes a part of you as soon as you start driving.

Whether you’re looking for a compact sedan like the Mazda2, a family-friendly crossover like the CX-5, or a sports coupe like the Miata MX-5, Mazda has what you need. Come experience the entire Mazda lineup today at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi and see for yourself what makes Mazda the best of the best.




Hyundai Virtually Reunited Military Families During Super Bowl

We all love seeing videos of military men and women coming home and surprising their loved ones. However, during the Super Bowl, Hyundai reversed the roles and surprised some overseas service men and women with a unique Super Bowl viewing experience.

For many Americans, the Super Bowl is something you watch with your family and is something that is truly American. In an ad, called “A Better Super Bowl,” that aired just after the Super Bowl ended, we saw how Hyundai reunited military families with some advanced technology.

At the U.S. Military Base in Zagan, Poland, Sgt. Richard Morrill, SPC Erik Guerrero, and Cpl. Trista Strauch had the unique opportunity to watch the Super Bowl in 360-degree immersive rooms that made them feel like they were actually at the game. Even better, their families were virtually with them as well.

Hyundai invited the three families to watch the game in their luxury box. After that, they placed stuffed bears that had some advanced 360-degree cameras and screens attached to it in a seat to represent each soldier.

Watch the ad below and we dare you not to cry.

Here at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi, we love seeing Hyundai work hard to support our troops.




Winning Mazda Engine Named to Wards 10 Best List

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The stellar Mazda CX-9.

One of the first things that car enthusiasts think of when they imagine Mazda is the brand’s penchant for churning out innovative, powerful, but fuel efficient engine technology. Year after year, Mazda keeps delivering capable but lightweight vehicles that are fun and affordable. It’s exactly that kind of commitment to excellence that allowed Mazda to make it onto the Ward 10 Best Engine list. The winning motor in question is the Mazda CX-9’s 2.5-liter DOHC turbocharged inline-4.

Utilizing Mazda’s signature SKYACTIV-G technology, the CX-9 replaced its former heavy V6 with this new lightweight engine to cut 250 pounds from the 2017 model year vehicle, boosting its fuel efficiency by a whopping 25% over the previous model year. The secret is the Dynamic Pressure Turbo System hidden inside the engine, which creates extra pressure by funneling exhaust through a smaller space. Cranking out 301 lb-ft of torque, it’s obvious this isn’t your average four-cylinder engine.

The winning Mazda engine attracted attention and awe from the WardsAuto editors, an impressive feat that earned it the number one spot on the 10 Best Engines list for the year thanks to its incredible innovation and unusual engineering. Mazda doesn’t seem to be slowing its roll any time soon, continuing to crank out excellent new engines year after year that take the market by storm.




Seven Consecutive Years of Hyundai Sales Growth

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Hyundai is soaring higher and higher every year.

There was a time when Korean automakers were regarded as cheap, off-brand knockoffs of higher quality Japanese cars, but no longer. Between seven consecutive years of ongoing success and the debut of the brand’s new luxury Genesis sub-brand, Hyundai sales growth is all the evidence you need to prove that more and more drivers are flocking to the Korean carmaker as their first choice, rather than a flashier or trendier alternative.

For 2016, Hyundai posted a grand total of 775,005 units sold, a record number for the company in United States market. Sales dropped slightly in December by 1.9%, but Hyundai remained confident, with Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales in Hyundai Motor America, announcing that “consumer confidence surged in December, to the highest level in more than a decade,” allowing the company to capitalize on that and cross the finish line for a record year.

So is this drastic Hyundai sales growth streak going to continue? Representatives aren’t worried. Between the Tucson and Santa Fe nameplates setting personal records for December and growing sales for the Genesis sub-brand, Hyundai simply seems to be gaining steam, not losing it. Hyundai plans on gaining even more momentum over the course of 2017.




2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq Breaks Land Speed Record

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq, the first eco vehicle to be available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric modes, broke the land speed record for a production-based hybrid last November at 157.825 miles per hour. The record-breaking run, which took place at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, was followed by a display of the Ioniq at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Hyundai outfitted the record-breaking Ioniq Hybrid with different intake and exhaust piping, as well as a nitrous injection system and removed the air conditioner to allow as much power as possible to increase its speed. That mark of 157 mph is actually an average of two runs, the highest of which reached 160.7 mph.

A horsepower figure wasn’t given, but the modifications to the Ioniq probably increased its standard horsepower of 139. The Ioniq Hybrid did keep its standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, though, which is mounted to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission plus an electric motor between them.

Inside, everything was removed from the Ioniq hybrid and replaced with a roll cage, racing seat, 6-point harness, and a fire-suppression system for both lighter weight, which let the car go faster, and safety at such high speeds.

The hybrid and all-electric models of the Ioniq are set to launch sometime this winter, with the PHEV version being released in the summer.




2017 Mazda CX-9

2017 Mazda CX-9 Reviews

2017 Mazda CX-9

The 2017 Mazda CX-9

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 has gotten rave reviews so far from drivers, whose love for the large crossover extends to its styling, performance, and refined interior, to name just a few.

The CX-9 is the largest crossover in its segment, but, according to a Forbes review, Mazda’s signature Kodo design language makes the expansive vehicle look neat and respectable. Taking design elements from the small CX-3 and mid-size CX-5, the CX-9’s fluid styling and incredible proportions make it one of the most attractive SUVs in the segment.

The interior is finely crafted from the best materials, with soft-touch plastics, comfortable seats, and a color touchscreen, which adds to the CX-9’s sophistication. Add this to the top-of-the-line infotainment technology found at each of the four trim levels, along with a host of i-Activsense safety features including Smart Brake Support and Radar Cruise Control and you have one of the most feature-complete SUVs in the segment.

The CX-9 challenges the V6-equipped SUVs by incorporating a turbocharged four-cylinder, which provides plenty of power at a lower fuel cost. Available AWD improves performance on wet roads, and even without it the steering, gear shifting, and chassis dynamics are all perfectly tuned and smooth.

The CX-9 is one of the most stylish and driving-focused SUVs on the market, so if you’re looking for a vehicle with precise handling that still has tons of room for passengers and cargo, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is perfect for you.




2017 Outlander Sport Review

2017 Outlander Sport

If you want to hop on the small SUV bandwagon but don’t want to break the bank, then the 2017 Outlander Sport may be perfect for you. The Outlander Sport is a compact SUV that is so affordable, versatile, and efficient. It’s no wonder that it’s Mitsubishi’s best-selling vehicle in the United States.

Overview

The 2017 Outlander Sport is available in four different trim levels. The lowest model has a standard 2.0-liter engine, while the other three trims boast a 2.4 liter, 168 horsepower engine. These powertrains can pair with standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive.

Storage

Despite being a compact SUV, the 2017 MItsubishi Outlander Sport offers 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and over double that thanks to the flexible 60/40 split folding seat. This year’s Outlander Sport features new cloth upholstery that you can also upgrade to leather.

Features

Each Outlander Sport has a standard Bluetooth as well as automatic climate control. Further technology upgrades can include a 6.1 inch touchscreen. The interior is complemented by an attractive exterior featuring a redesigned front grille. Modern, understated and affordable, the 2017 Outlander Sport is a perfect choice for a family vehicle.



Upcoming Memphis Holiday Events

Christmas lights - Memphis, TN

Which event are you most looking forward to this month?

Memphis is hustling and bustling as Christmas lingers right around the corner with New Year’s Eve to follow. But, it’s not too late to plan a few final seasonal outings with friends and family. Just make sure your gifts are wrapped and your Christmas decorations are up, and then head out to enjoy some Memphis holiday events this 2016.

For one thing, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a lovely light display. Get a group together or take your visiting relatives to one of the area’s best. The Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park display is the largest in the Mid-South with over 1.5 million lights and runs until December 27th. Or, you can visit the Zoo Lights where you’ll also get to meet Santa, go ice skating, and meet live reindeer.

Speaking of Santa, there are several more chances to meet him these last few days leading up to Christmas. He’ll be at Enchanted Forest at Pink Palace, Carriage Crossing and Wolfchase Mall through Christmas Eve—then he’ll be off to make some important deliveries.

In the days following Christmas, make plans to go ice skating with friends and family. And don’t forget to schedule something fun for New Year’s Eve, like the American Queen New Year’s Celebration Steamboat Cruise, the Overton Square New Year’s Eve Party or just a simple, fun night of bowling. Happy Holidays!