I am on the hunt for a new car and will purchase before the year is over. I want an SUV of some sort, John thinks another sedan may be a good idea. After attending the car event in Miami earlier this year I have vehicles on the brain. I am so happy to partner with Driveshop and Mazda USA to try out a new car and bring you this car review.
Back in the day when I was a kid my dear Aunt Shirley had a Mazda 929 that I loved. She ended up giving it to my dad and I loved riding around in that car. It was the first car I’d driven in that had heated seats, so I thought it was the most fantastic thing ever. I’ve kinda dug Mazdas ever since.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of zipping around town in the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring and I just loved it. The car looks sleek on the outside, and the sleekness carries in to the interior. It is a subcompact crossover and seats 5 people. Now, I drive a very old car with no bells and whistles. I’m talking tape deck old…ok? I have to drive John’s car if I even want bluetooth to connect my phone to the car.
It was a real treat rolling in the CX-3 for the week with all the connectivity I wanted, tons of charging ports and the capability to control almost everything right from my steering wheel. Listen, it took me a minute to get used to this type of “luxury” *wink* I kept on using the passenger side knobs to control the radio until I got used to how driver intuitive and friendly the car was.
The contrasting color blocking in the interior was beautiful and added a higher end feel to me. The leather wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats (not that I need em in south Florida) and carpeted floor mats were nice touches. (I drive barefoot sometimes so it was something to notice.::shrug::) It was very easy to get comfortable and feel in control in the vehicle.
I loved the way the car handled. Now, I’m not a “car girl” and may not use the right terminology here but… I’m very sensitive to how responsive a car is when I’m driving. In some cars you can turn the wheel 17 times before the car starts to turn, and some you turn the wheel .0025 inches and your entire car whips a U turn. Luckily, in the Mazda CX-3 the responsiveness was perfect. I felt very connected to the car, when steering and when braking or accelerating. (I really hope that made sense lol)
Speaking of accelerating…almost caught a ticket when testing the pickup. #notevenkidding The best word to describe the car is zippy. It can zip around corners easily and stabley (is that a word?) I just mean that the car feels very in control and…solid. Some newer cars feel flimsy almost. And it’s so smooth to ride. Don’t believe me? Let’s ask Ro if the ride was smooth:
I guess we’ll have to wait.
Me and Blu, that’s her name, ran errands, took Ro to school, went to the gym, and other usual weekday spots. She held me down during my multiple-stop grocery run, and handled all the bags like a pro. I liked the hatch back and secretly loved the cover that kept my purchases hidden from view of any passersby. It’s the little things. 🙂
I could see myself with this car as a single gal in the city, hopping from place to place and running errands in this car. Taking road trips with my bestie and living it up. It would be perfect for a momcation or a girls getaway without the kids, too.
Now, you know I always give the full truth in my reviews so I have to say that this car wasn’t the best for John. He’s 6’5 250 and wasn’t as comfortable in the drivers seat as I was. It was very easy for me to adjust the seat/mirrors etc to feel comfortable, John just couldn’t get right. Also, two car seats in the back was tight for us, especially with the kids’ long legs, but two booster seats would’ve been just fine. Because of this, the car was ALL MINE for the week. #selfish #ididntwannashareanyway
This car is easy on gas with fuel economy at 34/mpg highway and 31 combined. It has LED lights, a rear wiper that was a pleasant surprise for me lol, oh, it has a five star safety rating too. It’s power everything, and has an active driving display to keep you in the know at all times while you’re on the road. The car is teched out and has BOSE stereos (that we put to the test a few times).
I loved the safety features in this car! The side mirrors were huge and I felt like I could see so much more behind and beside me than in my car. It definitely put my mind at ease in a way I didn’t expect. There’s latch anchors so I was able to secure the car seats easily. I loved the backup camera. LOVED it. I also liked the traffic alert feature that beeped if you veer too far to one side of your lane. I tried to make it happen on purpose just to test it, but the car was too smart for me. It knew I was faking.
When I asked Rohan if he liked the car he said yes because of the power moonroof AKA the “sun window.” Kaya liked the color, and I have to agree. I thought I wanted a white car…but this blue is poppin’! (It’s called Dynamic Blue Mica in case you’re wondering – I was.) They both got mad that it had to go back. I guess they’re ready for mommy to get a new car too.
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring is priced at $24,990 standard. Visit MazdaUSA.com to learn more!