Thanks to my friends over at Drive Shop & Mazda, I was provided the 2016 Mazda C-X 5 Grand Touring to test drive for a week. As always, all opinions are my own.
What’s better than getting a week-long vehicle loan in a cute car like the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring? It’s definitely the fact that Mazda gives back to local communities, and they do so through their driving program, #MazdaDriveForGood.
So I got to drive for a cause because I was given a $25 gift card to donate to my charity of choice. And I’m excited to give it to Runway Moms For a Cause which I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of for the last couple of years (more to come on this year’s event). This year, I’m happy to partner with this local charity to bring awareness and raise money for Childbirth Survival International.
Ok let’s get into the car, shall we? So not long after cruising around town in the last fly car, I got hooked up to tour my city for a week in this baby. My first thought was that it was cute and compact (maybe a little too compact for this family of five). But I was crushing on the body style and the cream leather interior.
I will say that the rotary type system controls in the center console initially threw me for a loop. I kept forgetting that I needed to use the button in the center in order to navigate the system and switch between radio stations, etc. It took a little getting used to as my natural instinct was to reach for the touch screen. While you can use the touch screen as well as voice responsive, the center console seemed to be easiest to navigate.
I know the Sport capabilities is a big thing for most people. But it didn’t really excite me and I would not have missed anything without it. But the sound system and the smooth ride? I’ll take it any day. And now that we’ve graduated our youngest from car seat to booster seat, the three of them were able to fit in the back. And then of course, what’s a car without some great natural lighting via sunroof?
My girls also enjoyed the center console where they could hold their drinks in the backseat. They weren’t too fond of having big brother sit there and block their drink holder game. LOL
While this car does sit on the smaller side of the crossover SUV, it’s got a lot to offer in a small package. We were able to zip around town and even though it’s smaller in size, we were able to pack quite a bit in the trunk from our grocery store haul (and still had plenty of room for more).
Have you heard of Mazda’s Drive for Good campaign or checked out any of their new rides lately?