On the first day of our NYC trip, the kids and I had the great pleasure of meeting the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring in Deep Crystal Blue. As I’m sure you can imagine, traveling with two young kids, a few features immediately caught my eye such as the vibrant blue color, sleek body style and interior, and awesome Bose 9-speaker stereo system. While the kids got comfortable in the spacious backseat with their travel booster seats and gave this CX-5 their seal of approval (2 thumbs up), I had to acknowledge my own #DriveMazda feelings once I realized there was so much more than just good looks and a strong first impression.
Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring – All the Bells and Whistles
With a 7″touchscreen color display, multi-function commander control, Mazda Connect infotainment system, rear view camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert, I was surprised by how comfortable I immediately felt in the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring. On the Grand Central Parkway out to Long Island, in the company of this sophisticated SUV with the kids asking 439 questions about our plans and schedule, I appreciated the amount of room they had in that back seat, the tight handling on the road, and strong response from a 2.5L engine with SkyActiv technology in this all-wheel vehicle.
The safety ratings and features are impressive in the CX-5 Grand Touring but what I loved the most was that everything was in the right place! Ergonomics are a big deal for moms when we only have two hands but wish we had a dozen. It seems secondary but the interior features in the CX-5 are really superior. I should mention at this point that I am the car person in our family. I’m the one to vet and research all our family cars and handle all the negotiating. The Mazda CX-5 got it right with a leather wrapped-steering wheel with perfectly placed controls, leather trimmed sport seats with a super comfy power driver’s seat, center armrest with storage, and super easy navigation controls to manage. Mazda clearly made great efforts in paying attention to the interior details and offer a refined look with great functionality.
Did I put these wheels to the test? With perfect weather, we comfortably and safely took our tour visiting family, friends, and conducting business. We unboxed this Mazda CX-5 all around NYC! In one day, I drove across the Verrazano Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Tappan Zee Bridge, and Throgs Neck Bridge. That is insane for anyone not familiar with NYC traffic, especially with little kids. In case anyone is interested, in that one day I drove through every borough of NYC as well as Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. Guess what? We drove happy!
It was when we returned to Long Island that my kids officially declared their love for the CX-5 noting, “the stereo is amazing, the sunroof is cool, we can pretend to be in a spaceship in the big backseat, and the color is the best.” I have to agree with them and loved the safety features, performance, room, and style both inside and outside of the CX-5.
We were so happy to have this impressive SUV come along on our NYC adventures and sad to say goodbye at the end of the week. Thanks to Mazda and DriveShop for the chance to test drive the 2016 Mazda Cx-5 Grand Touring AWD. This was a fun and memorable #DriveMazda experience! Until next time NYC…
I was provided with the opportunity to test drive this vehicle for one week through DriveShop. No compensation was received in exchange for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.