As a consultant, freelance writer, and blogger, a lot of my work is based in New York City. While I love my city, getting around is a challenge. Thankfully, I was given the opportunity to #DriveMazda and was provided with a Mazda 3 Grand Touring to review on my most recent trip.
As soon as we land at LaGuardia Airport, we are on the go to spend time there for work and visit all of my family.
Mazda 3 Grand Touring – Traveling Through NYC
My first impression on this fuel-efficient compact car was the interior space. My kids use booster seats and we had no problem fitting them in comfortably with room to spare.
Friends often ask me how I can drive all around the NYC area with the kids. I always explain that I’ve lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island, and driving around is second nature to me. That being said, I love having a car with a strong response that hugs the road. The Mazda 3 Grand Touring was engineered with a new technology called SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS. I don’t know what that means, but I know that it feels great to drive!
During our week, I drove to Manhattan, Long Island, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and Westchester. It’s always a whirlwind trip for my kids and a big adventure for them. We headed over the Verrazano Bridge from Brooklyn to Staten Island to visit family and I told them stories about being a kid and sitting on the Belt Parkway all the time in hours of traffic. Driving back to stay in Manhattan for a few days for work, we discussed the Freedom Tower as we passed it driving on the West Side Highway.
I enjoyed how the Mazda 3 Grand Touring is loaded with features that enhance the overall riding experience. Leather heated seats in the winter are a big YES to me, a sweet 7-inch color touch-screen display, ample USB inputs, and dual-zone climate control so I can stay warm while adjusting the back so my kids don’t complain they are too hot.
There is one feature in many new cars that I just simply cannot get used to and I know a lot of drivers love it. Push button engine start. My kids think it is so cool to push a button to start a car, but I’ll always miss having a key and knowing where it is while I’m driving.
My kids are not short on opinions, and their favorite feature was the big touchscreen and technology. I’ve had the opportunity to test drive a number of Mazda vehicles. I appreciate how Mazda keeps functionality in mind and the interior attention to detail results in a nice cabin space where everything is located in a convenient place. This seems to be the case in every model and price range for Mazda and makes me a fan.
As we drove the Mazda 3 Grand Touring from Grandma’s House on Long Island back towards to city at the end of our trip, I felt confident and safe in this compact car and enjoyed the ride. For more information, visit https://www.mazdausa.com/.
I was provided with the opportunity to test drive this vehicle for one week. A big thanks to Drive Shop and Mazda USA. No compensation was received in exchange for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.
We’ve been rolling all around NYC this week in the Mazda3 Grand Touring. This mama loves the Nav system and everything is on the center console. I dig it and so do the kids. Thanks to @driveshopusa and @mazdausa we’ve had a big time visiting all our family and friends. #drivemazda #drivingmatters #zoomzoom #mazda3 #nycbornandbred #holidaysunboxed #unboxedmom #holidaysinnewyork #brightlightsbigcity #familycars #spendtimewithfamily #igpossetravels #upperwestsidenyc