Last updated on January 20th, 2020 at 09:22 pm
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mazda. As always all opinions are my own.
I don’t think of myself as a “car person.” I’m far from an expert on cars and all the latest technology, but I do care about comfort and safety. Our family likes taking weekend trips and sometimes even trips up and down the East Coast, so we need to be comfortable, and of course, I want my family to be safe!
Over Thanksgiving and into December, I got to drive the Mazda CX-5. Our plans to take the CX5 on a roadtrip/mini-vacation fell through, but we made the most of having our boys home from college and off work and enjoyed our time together.
First on the agenda–grocery shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner. The Mazda CX-5 had all the room we needed for a big shopping trip, and yes, that’s charcoal you see. My husband grilled the turkey, and it turned out perfectly!
Our family loves to see movies over the holidays. (That’s when so many good movies come out!) With all of us together, it was the perfect time to take in a matinee. Check out the amazing murals at the theater!
The days at home without school or work were also a great chance to spend time with both of my boys individually. I took my older son out to run errands, and as you know, driving is a great chance to talk with your kids one-on-one. My younger son and I have a tradition of going to the big annual holiday craft fair. Even though he’s in college, he’s still willing to go with me, which I love.
Even though I didn’t take the Mazda CX-5 on a long road trip, I definitely appreciated all its amazing features. It was super comfortable and fun to drive! My sons are both tall, 6’1″ and 6’4,” and both were comfortable in the CX-5. It did get chilly over the Thanksgiving week, so I was thankful for the heated seats and dual temperature zones too.
I especially liked the back-up and overhead cameras though. I have no ideas how the overhead camera works, but it’s perfect for parking. To be able to see all around the car is ideal for those tight parking spots or just as an added safety feature and extra set of “eyes.”
Mazda has thought of everything when it comes to safety and performance. Some of my favorite features include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, the incredible Bose sound system, and the Active Driving Display. With Active Driving Display, your current speed, speed limit, route information, and more are projected onto the windshield, so you never have to take your eyes off the road.
These are the safety features on the Mazda CX-5 that most impressed me. You honestly can’t help but feel safer driving with this technology on your side!
Blind Spot Warning — Blind Spot Monitoring helps detect objects in your blind spots and alerts you with a chime and a warning light in the side mirror and available Active Driving Display. It also detects and warns you of fast-approaching vehicles that may enter a blind spot.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert — When backing up, Rear Cross Traffic Alert helps detect a vehicle approaching from the side and alerts the driver with an audible warning, as well as a visual warning, in either side mirroe and the rearview camera display.
Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Day and Night-time Pedestrian Detection — Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Day and Night-time Pedestrian Detection helps detect vehicles and pedestrians in your path. If an impact is predicted, the system will warn the driver and, if necessary, apply the brakes.
Lane Departure Warning System — When traveling at speeds of 37 mph or higher, the Lane Departure Warning System gives you a combination of audible, tactile and visual warnings when it detects that you’re about to unintentionally depart from your lane.
Lane Keep Assist — Lane Keep Assist adds to the warnings of the Lane Departure Warning System. It performs minor steering corrections to help keep your vehicle in its lane if it senses an unintentional lane departure.
Adaptive Front-Lighting System — This availble system is designed to help you actually see around corners at night. As you turn a corner, the LED headlights pivot in the direction of your turn, improve visibility, and allow you to spot potential hazards ahead.
Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function — Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go lets you maintain a set speed and minimum following distance from the traffic ahead. If the vehicle you’re following reduces speed, even down to a stop, your vehicle will automatically slow or stop as needed.
Everytime I drive a Mazda, I am more and more impressed. This car is amazing–comfortable, with outstanding safety features and terrific performance. The CX-5 will be at the top of my list when I shop for my next car.
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