Last updated on June 21st, 2022 at 05:20 pm
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mazda. As always all opinions are my own.
I’ve been meaning to visit Asheville since moving to North Carolina. I’ve driven through the mountains near there more than once, and they’re gorgeous. And, living in North Carolina, you hear from everyone what a fun and interesting city Asheville is.
When I was recently provided with a 2019 Mazda3 for the week, it seemed like the perfect chance to hit the road. It’s always fun to drive a new car, and I wanted to take it out a little further than just my neighborhood. My husband I planned a quick weekend trip to the North Carolina mountains.
The Mazda3 is a smaller and sportier-feeling car than the one I drive every day, but I liked that. It was so easy to maneuver into parking spots and in city traffic. And, though the Mazda3 isn’t a big car, my husband and I were very comfortable, with plenty of leg and head room. We had plenty of space for our luggage and a few extra goodies we picked up on our trip too.
There is so much to see and do in Asheville, but with only a couple of days, we had to make some choices. The night we arrived, we decided to take a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway before it got dark. It was pretty dreary outside, but the views were still gorgeous. Photos definitely don’t do the views justice. I’m anxious to go back in the fall when the leaves change color.
Once we got back to Asheville, we went headed downtown, which is a good idea anytime. There are tons of great restaurants, shops, and on Friday nights, a drum circle. Check out the video–
Every Friday in the spring, summer, and fall, people gather at downtown Asheville’s Pritchard Park for a drum circle (weather permitting). You’re invited to drum, dance, or simply watch and enjoy.
With so many restaurants to choose from downtown, you’re sure to find something you like. We wound up at Sonora where we had some great tacos!
Saturday was our only full day in Asheville, but unfortunately it was thunderstorming much of the day. We’d been thinking of doing a food tour so we could check out more of the city, but since it was raining, we bought tickets to tour the Biltmore Estate. I’m so glad things worked out the way they did because the house is spectacular! If you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommended it.
Our weekend getaway to Asheville went way too fast. There is so much to do that we just didn’t have time for, so we will definitely be heading back–hopefully in the near future.
I don’t usually enjoy these long drives, but the Mazda3 made the trip so comfortable that it went by quickly. Why? Here’s some of what there is to love–
— It drives like a dream. I don’t like driving big SUVS and minivans. Smaller cars are what I prefer, and the 2019 Mazda3 was everything I love. It’s sporty, has so much “get up and go,” and is fun to drive in the city and on the highway.
— The interior is luxurious. You sink right into the seats, and everything looks so high-end. I loved the two-tone red and black in the car I got to drive. Take a look for yourself!
— The navigation system was great, but I could also use my phone and Google Maps. My phone and music, and the whole bluetooth system, sound system, and display worked well overall. (My husband was especially impressed with the Bose sound system.) I loved the backup camera too. It seemed to give me a broader view than what I’m used to seeing.
— I haven’t even mentioned safety yet, and this is perhaps the one thing that impressed me most about the Mazda3. I felt more secure in knowing I was driving with i-Activsense® safety features like these:
- Adaptive Front-lighting System illuminates a greater distance and changes depending on vehicle speed and other driving factors, pointing the headlights in the direction the driver is traveling towards.
- Smart City Brake Support uses a sensor on the front of the windshield that detects potential hazards in front of the vehicle. When traveling at low speeds, the system is able to add power to the brakes, and in the event the driver takes no action to try to avoid the collision, the system will automatically apply the brakes and reduce engine power.
- Blind Spot Monitoring uses radars to detect vehicles that may be in your vehicle’s blind spot. If the driver tries to change lanes and there is a vehicle detected in the blind spot, the system will alert the driver.
- High-Beam Control switches between high and low beams based on oncoming and preceding traffic.
- Acceleration Control stops sudden and accidental acceleration and is able to lower engine output to avoid any sort of collision.
- Mazda Radar Cruise Control adjusts and maintains a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front by use of a millimeter wave radar. The Distance Recognition Support System displays following distance to the driver.
- Rear Vehicle Monitoring System measures the distance between your vehicle and following vehicles with a rear bumper-mounted radar that will alert the driver of potentially dangerous situations.
- Lane Departure Warning System is able to detect road markings and keeps the driver aware of their position on the road.
- Forward Obstruction Warning calculates the distance between objects and the front of the vehicle, alerting the driver of any potentially dangerous situations.
You can see these features for yourself here. They really are incredible!
Are you in the market for a new vehicle? Check out the 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback. I know you’ll love driving it as much as I did. Whether you’re heading out on a long road trip, taking a weekend getaway, or just running to the grocery store, this car makes driving fun!
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