Best Holiday Attractions in Memphis, Tennessee

The holiday season isn’t exactly typical in Memphis. Winters are mild, meaning most residents won’t see a White Christmas. However, some of the best holiday attractions in the area can put you in a state of Christmas cheer anyway, so check these out.

best holiday attractions

Christmas at the Peabody Hotel

The historic Peabody Hotel is beautiful as it is, but during the holidays it turns into a stunning array of lights and festivities. Check out the Peabody Gingerbread Village, or tune in for a live choir performance.

Zoo Lights

Head to the Memphis Zoo for this fun occasion, which decks out the entire zoo in festive Christmas lights. Arts and crafts events, reindeer, and even Santa and his workshop will be present for the holidays.

Christmas at Graceland

Pay tribute to the King by visiting his former home, Graceland, which is decorated from top to bottom with the best Christmas decor in honor of his favorite holiday.

New Year’s Eve on Beale Street

If you’re brave enough to face the traffic and crowds, celebrating New Year’s Eve on Beale Street is an experience unlike any other. Live music, dancing, local food, and of course, a big countdown to midnight await!

Check out the best holiday attractions in Memphis for a winter you’ll never forget. The city is chock full of fun things to do.




What Has Changed in the New Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a favorite in the crossover segment. Not as small as the subcompact CX-3 but not as large and unwieldy as the three-row CX-9, the Mazda CX-5 occupies a sort of in-between, “just-right” sort of space, and for the 2018 model year, the new Mazda CX-5 is getting a few changes.

new Mazda CX-5

This comes as a surprise, as the CX-5 was just redesigned for the 2017 model, but Mazda has always been an innovator in the market – dedicated to bringing the latest tech and engineering to their nameplates.

The Mazda CX-5 is carrying over many of its updates from 2017, of course, including its sophisticated interior, upgraded driving dynamics, and quiet insulation in the cabin for a more refined ride.

However, for 2018, the Mazda CX-5 is adding even more by making the brand’s full suite of driver assistance and safety technology available on all trim levels, including the base Sport model, and standard on both the Touring and Grand Touring trims. Also, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is getting a tech update that gives it a cylinder-deactivation system that will improve gas mileage.

The new Mazda CX-5 is launching soon, due out sometime during the winter of 2017-2018. Make sure you keep an eye out for the new model and come see us soon as Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Traveling during the holidays is no simple task and tends to involve weeks of planning before the actual trip since no one wants to miss out on a family Thanksgiving due to a silly travel issue. To keep that from happening, check out these Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi of Memphis.

Thanksgiving travel tips

Travel Smart

If you plan on flying, it’s best to do it the day of Thanksgiving rather than any time before. While you’ll certainly be cutting it close to turkey time, the congestion of the days leading up to Thanksgiving can be a hassle.

Those planning to fly can minimize delays and crowds by flying early in the morning or late at night as well or travel prior to the week of Thanksgiving.

Bundle

Bundling your hotel, flight, and a rental car can save you, well, a bundle. Booking a combination of the three together can potentially save hundreds of dollars, and that’s money that can be put towards gifts for family or a treat for yourself!

Wash Your Hands

Getting sick on Thanksgiving can quickly make family joy into holiday misery. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of falling ill this holiday season with a simple task: diligently washing your hands. Carrying a small bottle of hand sanitizer is a great way to stop the spread of germs as well.




Mazda’s Rotary Engines to Return

It has been five years since Mazda’s rotary engines officially left the United States market after the RX-8, but the rotary engine has remained popular with enthusiasts Now, it looks like Mazda’s rotary engines could make a comeback in the near future.Mazda’s Rotary Engines

 

According to Mitsuo Hitoma, Mazda’s global powertrain head, the rotary engine could return as a range extender on an electric vehicle, potentially as soon as 2019. Mazda’s rotary engines could be useful for this due to a few main reasons. First, the engine is compact and offers impressive performance for anyone behind the wheel. Second, it doesn’t generate much of a vibration, making it perfect for a quiet, comfortable ride.

As for Mazda’s upcoming electric vehicle, the brand promised two amazing models to arrive as soon as 2019—one a fully electric model and one equipped with a range extender, possibly the promised rotary engine.

This isn’t as outlandish as it may seem—Mazda already used the rotary engine as a range extender in the 2013 Mazda2 Concept vehicle, so now it looks like that use could arrive in a practical fashion in just a few years.

We here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi can’t wait for the return of the rotary engine!




5 Items You Should Always Have in Your Car

In addition to performing some basic car maintenance, fall is the perfect time to make sure you have a few essential items in your car that will save you from a lot of trouble in case of an emergency. As winter approaches and driving conditions become increasingly unpredictable, take note of these items you should always have in your car to stay safe all year long.

Items you should always have in your car

Blankets

In the event of a breakdown or harsh weather that leaves you temporarily stranded, a blanket can literally be a lifesaver. Make a habit of storing one in the trunk or under a seat at all times.

Tractions Mats or Sand

Keeping traction mats or a bag of sand in your car can save you a lot of time and money if icy or mudding conditions leave your vehicle stuck. Simple toss the mats or sand under your stuck tires and save a call to the towing company. In a pinch, a cheap bag of kitty litter will work, too!

Gas Can

An extra gas can is cheap, light, and easy to stow somewhere in your car. If you run out of fuel and need to trek to the nearest gas station, it helps to have something to actually put extra gas in!

Cash

There’s no telling when you’ll need cash. Whether it’s a snack from a vending machine or an unexpected toll road, having a little bit of cash on hand can save you from a major headache.

Emergency Cell Phone Charger

Cell phone chargers are cheap, small, and extremely useful. With one of these stashed in your center console, you don’t worry about getting lost with a dead phone and having no way to get in touch with help.

Drive with these common items in your car at all times and don’t let unpredictable weather hold you back! Then, if it’s your vehicle that’s holding you back, stop by Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi today for the perfect new ride.




The Best Fall Farm Activities Near Memphis

Pumpkin picking, corn mazes, haunted hayrides—fall is the perfect time to get out with the family and experience some great activities that only come around for a limited time each year. If you’re in the southern Tennessee area, you’re in luck! Here are some of the best places to enjoy fall farm activities near Memphis.

Fall Farm Activities near Memphis

Agricenter International

This huge non-profit agricultural center focuses on research and education, and in the fall, it’s a great place to find fun for the whole family! Their Agricenter Harvest Festival is on October 21st and will feature pumpkin painting, hayrides, educational workshops, and plenty of kid’s activities. While you’re there, check out the massive corn maze, or, as Halloween approaches, the haunted corn maze.

Jones Orchard

Through October, visit Jones Orchard to attempt their one-of-a-kind 10-acre corn maze which features various in-maze mystery games for a unique puzzle-solving experience. For older kids and adventurous adults, be sure to check out the farm’s Festival of Fear on weekends in October and Halloween.

Menagerie Farm

For tons of traditional fall season activities, visit Menagerie Farm. A great place to spend the day year round, the farm offers plenty of seasonal activities for kids including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, animal petting, and more!

Be sure to check out these Memphis area farms this fall season for fun for the whole family and to rediscover the simple pleasures of life. Then, stop by Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi to rediscover the simple pleasure of driving today!




2017 Mazda CX-9 Wins Total Quality Impact Award

Mazda’s flagship SUV is the 2017 Mazda CX-9, which has just proved it deserves its place at the top of Mazda’s lineup by earning a Total Quality Impact Award in the mid-size crossover SUV segment, courtesy of Strategic Vision.

Total Quality Impact

According to Strategic Vision, praise-worthy vehicles must embody quality throughout the whole vehicle ownership experience. This means it must maintain strong reliability scores, it must be exciting to drive now and down the line, and it must generate a positive emotional response from its drivers.

Strategic Vision made that call through customer surveys that picked on the smallest details of the CX-9 and other contenders that missed the mark. These surveys explored interior seat quality, engine performance, and more.

In fact, engine performance was a big factor in the CX-9’s win. Strategic Vision was thoroughly impressed with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, which has won awards of its own. Just as impressive was the CX-9’s interior with real aluminum trim, available Nappa leather, and rosewood from Fujigen, a premium Japanese guitar-maker.

Safety was also important in securing the Total Quality Impact title, and here the CX-9 continued to excel, having earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Want to learn more about the 2017 Mazda CX-9? Test drive one today at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




2017 Hyundai Elantra Named a Best New Car for Teens

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra, available now at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi, was recently named to the exclusive “Best New Car for Teens” list managed by U.S. News & World Report. What does it take to be considered a Best New Car for Teens? U.S. News examines a myriad of factors, including crash test scores, reliability ratings, available advanced driver assistance ratings, and the reviews of expert critics. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra passed the organization’s rigid standards with flying colors.

Best New Car for Teens

That’s because the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra is one of the most affordable sedans in its segment, yet still offers the slew of advanced safety technologies that will keep teens—or drivers of any age—safe behind the wheel. Those technologies include Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.

“At Hyundai, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with ‘better’ and the Elantra does just that with advanced safety technologies as well as Blue Link, which features technologies that allow parents to monitor their new drivers,” remarked Scott Margason, director at Hyundai Motor America. “We are happy to have secured a spot on this list by the reputable U.S. News & World Report by delivering the best combination of reliability, crash protection, and accident avoidance features.”

Interested in test driving the all-new Elantra? It’s available in six exciting trims, perfect for teen drivers and their parents, and it’s here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




How to Clean Your Car’s Interior

There’s no denying that the interior of your car can get quite dirty before you’re finally fed up with it, but when your vehicle finally reaches that point, it’s hard to know where to begin. Fortunately, we here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi have a few tips on how to clean your car’s interior.

Clean Your Car’s Interior

Remove Trash

Of all the things that make a vehicle look like a mess, trash sits at the top of the list. Take a garbage bag and remove fast food wrappers, old receipts, and other common debris. Once all the trash is out of the way, you can get to the real mess.

Clean the Rugs

Once all the trash and debris is gone, it’s time to start on the rugs. Clean the rugs with a carpet cleaner made for cars. Many come with a plastic brush for more stubborn problems. Wait a few minutes (as long as recommended on the bottle) for the cleaner to do its work then remove it with a good vacuum.

Polish the Dashboard

Your dashboard is often what people see when they first enter the vehicle. Take the time to polish it until it shines. Doing so ensures that your vehicle is presentable from the first glance.




2017 Mazda6 Touring Review

The mid-size sedan segment is one of the most competitive classes there is, and models tend to represent the best of what each automaker has to offer. The 2017 Mazda6 Touring sits in the middle of the range and certainly serves as a testament to the Japanese brand’s dedication to driver comfort and convenience.

2017 Mazda6 Touring

The 2017 model year sees the addition of noise-cancelling features, like thicker glass, sealing seams, and absorption metal, but the Touring trim boasts standard leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats. Those features alone make it a competitor for higher-priced luxury vehicles.

The Mazda6 Touring features a sporty 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that offers an impressive 184 hp. Responsive steering and a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission make every drive exciting. Better yet, the Mazda6 Touring earns up to an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway.*

Along with its sporty styling, the Mazda6 Touring is perfect for families. Advanced safety features like Radar Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist are just a few of the sedan’s systems designed to make the road a safer place.

The 2017 Mazda6 Touring is both fun to drive and offers exceptional safety and comfort features for families. We here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi are proud to stock such a highly-rated sedan!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.