Why New Mexico is the Coolest State

What’s the coolest state in the US, you ask? California and New York have nothing on New Mexico, which has one of the richest and most diverse cultures in the country. Its proximity to Mexico and strong Native American presence make for a melting pot of arts, food, and history.

New Mexico has tons of museums focusing on history and art, and street art also has a strong tradition in the state. You can see unique, beautiful art by locals without ever setting foot in a gallery or art museum. And seriously, the food is amazing. There aren’t many places in the US you can get Mexican food this authentic.

New Mexico is also the place to be if you like tightknit communities, simple living, and lots of nature. Anywhere you go in New Mexico you’re a stone’s throw from the desert and some of the most beautiful landmarks in America. Plus, New Mexicans have tons of pride in their state. If you can live in a place that’s this well-loved, you’ll probably be happier for it.

Weather in New Mexico can be a little crazy, since desert temperatures fluctuate a lot, but that just means New Mexicans are adaptable (and have really versatile wardrobes).

If you’re looking for a new place to live and you can handle the heat, New Mexico is a great choice. You won’t find a culture or people like New Mexico’s anywhere else.

Benefits of Dealership Financing

While it’s a good idea to explore your options and find loans directly through a bank if you can, you should also seriously consider financing a new vehicle through a dealership. The benefits of dealership financing definitely outweigh the drawbacks.

Dealerships can often get you a better deal than you’ll find on your own. Dealership salespeople have access to a wider variety of banks and other loan sources you may never have considered while doing your own research. Plus, dealers can often get you a lower interest rate than you’d get if you went through the bank.

Going through the dealer is just easier. Your salesperson will call around to banks, argue your case for you, and get you the lowest monthly payment, best interest rate, and ideal loan term while you kick back in the waiting area. It’s a big time saver.

Dealers also offer special programs for financing through them that you wouldn’t get with a direct loan. While many people will warn you against dealership financing because they’re wary of schemes, if you do your research and go through a reputable dealership you can rest assured that they want to keep your business and will do their best to get you an excellent deal.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Things to Know

If you’re hesitant about getting a 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, we’re here to give you some interesting facts about it and show you why the new RF is such a great car. Let’s get started!

First of all, RF stands for “Retractable Fastback,” so named because its hardtop roof is retractable. The Miata has had hardtop retractable roofs before, but those have looked like soft tops—with the top up on the Miata RF, it looks like a coupe and has a totally different look than the soft top Miata.

Despite being a hardtop, the Miata RF isn’t much heavier than the soft top Miata. The extra hundred pounds, according to Miata, doesn’t reduce performance, and Mazda has reduced weight from the car everywhere else it was possible in order to maintain high performance and agile handling.

Instead of waiting to put your top down before you take off, you can lower the retractable top while driving in the parking lot as long as you’re under 6 mph. It only takes 12 seconds, and you can do it with the push of a button. The roof doesn’t go into the trunk, either, so you don’t have to worry about losing trunk space.

The RF is set to hit dealerships in early 2017, so keep an eye out for it!

Things to Do in Santa Fe in October

Santa Fe is warm year round, so there’s always something fun to do whether you prefer staying inside or getting out and exploring the wild. Here are some cool things to do in Santa Fe in October.

Don’t miss the Fiesta of Cultures on October 15! Learn all about local traditions including Pueblo, Hispanic, and Anglo. The El Dorado Arts and Crafts Fall Show also takes place on the 15th.

Coming up very soon is the Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out, where hundreds of artists gather on Canyon Road to create art on the fly outside and involve onlookers in the process. This traditional festival is as fascinating for non-artists as it is fun for the participating artists, so come on out! The two-day event takes place on the 14th and 15th.

Art fans will also enjoy the Galisteo Studio Tour taking place the same week, from October 15th to the 16th. During the tour, artists open up their private galleries for public viewing. This is just one of several area studio tours taking place during October. After that, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival takes place during the week of October 19 to 23.

These are just some of the exciting events you can attend in Santa Fe this month. Check out the events calendar for more!

Check Out These Back-to-School Carpool Tips For a Successful Year

Are you in charge of the neighborhood carpool this school year? Or perhaps you only have to drive the local kids to class a few times a week? Regardless, after an entire summer potentially carpool-free, you may be in need of some reminders. Here are our back-to-school carpool tips to get you started:

  • Ensure that you have the phone number of every child’s legal guardian.
  • Keep a first-aid kit in the back of your car, just in case.
  • Try to leave early for pick-up. Many kids struggle to be on time, but you may be able to make up the difference yourself.
  • Memorize any allergies that any of your passengers may have, and plan accordingly.
  • Keep fresh water available, as well as some healthy, non-perishable snacks – like nuts or dried fruit.
  • Consider keeping some educational games, books, or word searches available for when boredom strikes.
  • And lastly, if you ever need to break up a couple of bickering school kids, be sure to pull over safely before taking your eyes off the road.

For more safety tips or to see what vehicles we have in store for the new school year, contact us or simply visit anytime, here at Santa Fe Mazda Volvo.

Check Out These 2017 Mazda Miata Facts

The new 2017 Mazda Miata RF is the latest and greatest edition of one of the most beloved models on the road, offering exceptional performance in conjunction with excellent functionality and innovation. But even the most die-hard fans of the Mazda Miata may be surprised to learn some of its more amazing facts. Here are just a few Mazda Miata facts that you probably didn’t know before.

  • The “RF” in Mazda Miata RF stands for “Retractable Fastback.” The top can be retracted in as quickly as 12 seconds, which definitely lives up to the convertible’s name.
  • The model will be available in seven different paint colors, including the gorgeous Machine Gray hue displayed at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
  • Every single trim level of the new Mazda Miata RF will come with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as completely standard features.
  • Sound-absorbing materials are used in the construction of the Mazda Miata, in the headliner, roof panels, and more, to keep the tranquil interior quiet.
  • Lastly, you can pre-order the new Mazda Miata already, right here, where you can also sign up to receive new info.

Next-Gen MX-5 Miata To Be Made from Affordable Carbon Fiber

The most recent iteration of the popular Mazda MX-5 Miata showed a dramatic weight loss and a significant power boost, which resulted in better performance with less fuel consumption. Now, the engineers at Mazda are working to make the next-gen MX-5 Miata even lighter. Carbon fiber is gradually becoming a more popular material in the auto industry, showing up as expensive options on high-end performance cars, but Mazda aims to develop a more affordable carbon fiber with which they can construct the body of the next model.

Carbon fiber’s popularity and benefits are numerous — the lighter a vehicle becomes, the less power is required to propel it forward, the less gas it consumes, and the speedier and more nimble it becomes. The MX-5 Miata already has a reputation for being a small, lightweight, affordable alternative to gas-guzzling sports cars, and developing a carbon fiber body will only reinforce this reputation.

The current model only debuted last year, so nobody is expecting a next-gen MX-5 Miata until the projected 2021 launch date. However, with new carbon fiber manufacturing processes in the works that could lower the cost of the innovative material, we could have a featherweight sports car coming up within the next five years, keeping the MX-5 Miata at the forefront of its class.

Isuzu to Make Mazda Pickup Trucks

Isuzu hasn’t been around the American auto market since 2009, but that’s not stopping the company from making a comeback through a new partnership with Mazda. Following Mazda’s split from its collaboration with Ford, the brand is looking for a new partner to develop Mazda pickup trucks – specifically, a replacement for the Mazda BT-50.

The Mazda BT-50 was developed by Ford of Australia and shared a mechanical platform with the Ford Ranger. After the introduction of the current generation in 2010 and following a model refresh last year, Mazda and Ford separated, which means the BT-50 is headed for an untimely demise. Since the six-year-old truck won’t be getting a new generation, Mazda sought out a partnership with Isuzu in order to develop a new nameplate to cover the gap in the brand’s lineup.

Isuzu is no stranger to truck collaborations in the US market, having worked with Chevrolet in the 70s on the LUV pickup. Chevy dropped the second generation of the LUV in favor of its own trucks, but Isuzu continued releasing the model under the name of the “P-up,” followed by the simply-named “Isuzu Pickup.”

Mazda says there are currently no plans to bring Mazda pickup trucks to the United States, but depending on the success of the partnership between the company and Isuzu, we could eventually see a few nameplates work their way to American soil.

Summer Tire Maintenance Tips

Summer is an incredibly hard time of year for your tires. The roads are hot, which means there’s extra heat on your tires on top of the friction you generate while driving. These factors can cause pressure buildup in the tire.

The key to good summer tire maintenance is regularly checking your tire pressure. High heat can make the air inside your tires expand, and tires that are overinflated have a higher risk of blowout. Though it’s less common in summer, tires with low pressure can cause quicker tread wear and poor fuel economy. So if you don’t have a pressure gauge, pick one up!

Checking the pressure isn’t all there is to good tire maintenance, though. You should also check the depth of the tread and look for bulging or cracking in the rubber. It’s important that the tread is wearing evenly; if the wear varies in different parts of the tire, this could indicate incorrect alignment or the wrong pressure.

Don’t hesitate to get replacement tires if the tread is low or you notice large air leaks or holes. Driving on damaged or worn tires is dangerous! Tires are your only point of contact with the road, so they need to be in great shape.

July in Santa Fe: Things to Do This Month

If you live in the Santa Fe area or you’re just passing through and looking for something fun to do, you’ll be amazed at all the exciting activities, festivals, and markets that take place in July in Santa Fe.

All this month and into late August, you can go to the historic downtown Plaza or the Southside San Isidro Plaza for a live show put on by Santa Fe Bandstand. There are 75 concerts scheduled, and there’s something for everyone, from jazz to rock.

For the rest of July you can visit the New Mexico Jazz Festival and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The latter will occur in mid-July and is a six-day festival held at the New Mexico Museum of Art celebrating instrumental music.

But music fests aren’t all Santa Fe has to offer—make sure to stop by the Viva Mexico celebration on July 16 and 17, and visit the Hispanic markets taking place on July 30 and 31. And don’t forget the Santa Fe Artists Market, which is held at the Santa Fe Railyard every Saturday from April to December.

Whenever you go to Santa Fe, there’s bound to be something fun to do, so make us a stop on your vacation!