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Unveiling the All-New 2016 Mazda CX-3 Crossover SUV

The compact crossover SUV market has been heating up for some time now as more buyers are wanting the comfort, fuel-efficiency, and driving characteristics of a four-door sedan combined with the versatility and convenience of a sport utility vehicle. The all-new, 2016 Mazda CX-3 is designed to satisfy the public’s increasing demand for a small SUV that doesn’t sacrifice quality, performance, or practicality when compared to larger SUVs. The new CX-3 is slated to go on sale in Japan sometime this year, with a firm U.S. release date still forthcoming.

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Redefining the crossover segment
Sharing many of the same design cues as the popular Mazda2 Hatchback, the 2016 CX-3 is smaller than its CX-5 crossover stable mate. At 168.3 in. long, 69.5 in. wide, and 61 in. tall, the CX-3 is highly maneuverable, yet surprisingly roomy. It is the fifth vehicle to share Mazda’s next-generation SKYACTIV Technology, which combines a number of advanced engineering features, such as low-friction, higher-compression engines, to achieve better fuel economy while maintaining spirited performance. Continue reading

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2015 Volkswagen Golf is Car of the Year, Two Times Over

Two of the most respected accolades in the automotive world are Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year® and the North American Car of the Year™. This year, we’re proud to announce that the 2015 Volkswagen Golf has won both of these prestigious awards.

And with good reason.

2015 VW Golf

Packed with plenty of style, amazing versatility, excellent fuel economy, a host of safety features, superb performance, sophisticated handling, and advanced technology, the 2015 Golf takes Volkswagen’s legacy of German-born and racing-bred engineering, innovation, and Old World craftsmanship to a new level. Continue reading


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Fun Family Holiday Activities in the Cleveland Area

The holiday season for many means spending quality time with family and enjoying the melody of classic Christmas carols. This time of the year is packed with fun activities such as decorating the house, making snowmen, and adorning the Christmas tree. When you run out of things to do around the house you can count on fun holiday activities in the area. Whether you are a local or just visiting Willoughby Hills, there are plenty of fun Christmas activities you can enjoy with the whole family. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Christmas events around Cleveland, Ohio:

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Willoughby Hills Breakfast with Santa

The Christmas holiday can be overwhelming. In between preparing food for the family and doing Christmas shopping you barely have enough time to relax. Why not give yourself a break from the kitchen by taking a trip to Santa’s kitchen? The Willoughby hills Breakfast with Santa is a classic Christmas event that offers the whole family an exciting Christmas experience. Not only will the kids get to enjoy yummy breakfast treats, they will get a chance to visit the Secret Santa Shop. Breakfast with Santa is on December 13 from 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Be sure to register before tickets are sold out. Here’s how you can register for the event.  Continue reading


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10 Flavorful and Easy Fall Recipes

The leaves have fallen, temperatures are crisp, and there’s a taste of fall in the Ohio air. November is a great month for mouth-watering and hearty recipes that make this time of year both festive and fun.

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Seared pork with apples and broccoli. Photo credit: BevCooks.com

There are a variety of fruits and vegetables in season, from blackberries and broccoli to peppers and pears. We’ve found 10 delicious fall recipes that offer a uniquely delectable twist in fall dining. We hope you enjoy them! Continue reading


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Car Buying Myths Debunked

Are you in the market for a new car? Buying a car can be confusing, not to mention frustrating. With so many different car buying opinions and strategies on the web, chances are you’re not exactly sure what to do. If your old car is giving you problems and you need a new car ASAP, here are a few tips to help you buy the right car for you.

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Myth #1: Buy a car when your money is right.

If your credit score is not where it needs to be, it’s not the end of the world. Car dealerships in Ohio offer financial assistance to help you with your purchases. You can count on the finance team at Eastside Mazda Volkswagen to help you drive off with the right car for you within your budget. Also, trading in your car is another way to cut down on costs. Be sure to keep your car in good shape in order to get the best out of your trade in.

Myth #2: Maintaining your old car saves money.

If your used car is in good shape and requires minimum repairs, you can get away with driving it for a while longer. On the other hand, you are better off buying a new car if you’re constantly finding yourself at the service shop. Frequent car repairs can cost you more money and time than it’s worth. With a new car, you get a hassle-free driving experience and you can save on car repair costs. The best way to get the most out of your car buying experience is to keep an open mind. For example, instead of just focusing on the 2014 Mazda3 be sure to try out other sedans such as the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta.

Myth #3: Buy your car when the weather is bad.

This myth has circulated throughout the years and as a result car dealerships tend to get even more crowded during bad weather. If you are trying to avoid a long wait, consider going car shopping during the week. Most people are at work during this time, which gives you more time to compare cars and more time with the salesman.

Whether you are a Mazda or Volkswagen enthusiast, Eastside Mazda Volkswagen has you covered. Check out our 2014 Mazda3 and 2014 Volkswagen Jetta models, along with a wide variety of SUVs. Visit us at 28400 Chardon Road Willoughby Hills, OH 44092 or call 800-210-6286 to schedule a test drive.


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Four Steps to Keeping Your Child Safe on the Road

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There’s a good reason why the catchy Mazda theme song you hear on our TV commercials is “Safe and Sound” from the band, Capital Cities. When it comes to your family’s safety, we’re proud to sell some of the safest and most reliable vehicles you’ll find anywhere.

According to the State of Ohio, motor vehicle traffic accidents remain the leading cause of death for Ohio children ages 4 to 7 years. That’s why we’re sharing some important information about how you can make sure your most precious cargo – your children – are, as the song says, “safe and sound” in your new or certified pre-owned Mazda or VW from your friends at Eastside Mazda VW.

The Ohio Department of Health states that children are required to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats until they are 8 years old. The law also requires that:

  • Children less than 4 years old or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.
  • Children ages 8-15 must use a child safety seat or safety belt.

Because seat belts are designed for adults, booster seats raise your child up so the shoulder belt fits correctly. Fines from not using proper child safety equipment range from $25 to $75 per occurrence, while a booster seat can be purchased for as little as $15.

According to the “Boost Ohio’s Kids” program, here are “Four Steps to Safety” you should follow to make sure your child is always riding “safe and sound” in your Mazda or VW:

  1. Use a rear-facing car seat in the back seat for infants and toddlers up to 2 years old. Make sure the seat is securely fastened by a seat belt following manufacturer’s recommendations.
  2. After they outgrow their rear-facing seat, protect your children less than 4 years old or 40 pounds with a properly secured, forward-facing car seat placed in the back seat of your vehicle.
  3. Use a booster seat in the back seat for children up to age 8. They can use a seat belt when the lap belt lies across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually between the ages of 8 and 12).
  4. Children using a regular adult seat belt are required to ride in the back seat until the age of 13. Of course, no matter what the age, always use a seat belt for all passengers!

Download a free and informative child car safety brochure from Boost Ohio’s Kids here.

Whether it’s in a Mazda3, Mazda CX-5 Touring, Mazda CX-9, Mazda6 Sport, or our outstanding inventory of new or pre-owned VW vehicles – including the Passat, Tiguan, Jetta, and Touareg models – we wish you and your family “safe and happy motoring” from all of your friends at Eastside Mazda. We proudly serve Cleveland, Mentor, Cleveland Heights, and the surrounding cities.


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Essential Steps to Getting the Car of Your Dreams

Is your current car starting to give you problems? Dealing with repetitive car repair is expensive and time consuming. You might be better off buying a more reliable and efficient car, especially with back-to-school season just around the corner. Your car buying experience doesn’t have to be complicated. The most important thing to remember is to always stick to your budget. Here are five steps to take in order to get the best out of your buying experience:

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Set Your Budget

Set aside time to evaluate your finances. This will help you when it comes to deciding how much you can set aside for monthly payments. Be sure to consider all your financial responsibilities including rent or mortgage, bills, insurance and maintenance costs.

Value Your Trade-In

Got your eye on the all-new 2014 Mazda3? Trading in your current car is a great way to reduce the cost. You can find out the value of your current Mazda3 by researching auto sites such as Edmunds.com and KBB.com. Also, you can use our online value your trade tool to get a more accurate estimation.

Know Your Credit Score

Checking your credit score is part of the budgeting process. It will give you a better idea of what to expect when coming up with a budget. Also, consider your credit score when deciding whether to use dealer financing or a bank auto loan. Dealers and manufactures usually offer lower interest rates on new car promotions. You can get qualified quickly and easily with Eastside Mazda Volkswagen.

Save For A Down Payment

Setting aside money for a down payment comes with many benefits. Not only do you reduce the cost of your monthly payments, but you’re also more likely to get a better interest rate. You might get away with no down payment when buying a new car, but with used cars there is a higher chance of a down payment requirement.

Prioritize Your Needs

That new car smell can be very tempting, but do you really need a new car? One way to avoid buyer’s remorse is to prioritize your needs and buy a car that suits your lifestyle. Do you need a car big enough for carpooling, or will you be riding solo? These are some of the important questions to consider when buying a car.

Whether you got your eye on the Mazda3, Mazda6 or the all-new CX-5; we got your covered. Visit us at Eastside Mazda Volkswagen to check out our wide range of quality used and new vehicles. Give us a call at 800-210-6286 or stop at 28400 Chardon Road Willoughby Hills, Oh 44092.