I’ve had this car for about three weeks and I must say I ABSOLUTELY love it. In my life I’ve had two other cars…
First it was a 2001 Kia Rio (aka Josh the green dragon as my friends dubbed it) which sported a fluorescent green color. The driver’s side door did not open from the inside and the window did not roll down (I know, totally unsafe!) and when getting food from a Drive Thru require the person behind the driver to place and receive the order. Fun times.
Second car was a white 2003 Ford Focus who spent her last days with my brother in law. (Not quite sure the status of that car or if she has any life left.) I put a lot of miles in that vehicle. I traveled from Texas to South Carolina in that car to visit my husband after he graduated from boot camp (boyfriend at the time) accompanied by my best friends Isabela and Megan. Fond memories.
NOW we’re going to talk about the newest addition to the family… My Titanium Flash Mica 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD with parchment color interior. She is a beauty. (If you’re in San Antonio and are in the market for a new vehicle go see Joey Esparza at IPAC Mazda. No he did not pay me to mention him but I thought I’d do him this favor since he had to deal with us and treated us quite well actually. Not your typical car sales person…no intimidation, no gimmicks, just honest, just facts, good customer service. You’re welcome Joey!) This is officially the largest purchase my husband and I had ever made together however there is absolutely no buyer’s remorse going on whatsoever. Note to self: must activate 4 months free trial with XM/Sirius satellite radio.
Gosh… where do I start? I haven’t really talked about the car much and I’m already at 300 words. Oh well, I hope this post helps you out if you are considering the CX-5. When it comes to car shopping it’s important to establish what is exactly important to you. For my husband and I… considering how many miles we travel per month (at least 800 miles) – we needed a car that has great fuel economy. The idea of a cross over or a SUV appealed to us because we liked the idea of having plenty of storage space. After research we narrowed down our options to the Honda CRV EX-L and the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring. Something to note for you taller people (I’m 4’11” so it’s not a problem at all for me) but the CX-5 has more headroom than the CRV. The Honda CRV EX-L was great and had a very luxurious feel with the leather interior and it had FANTASTIC lumbar support that made driving it extremely comfortable. It was the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring though that offered little things that ultimately won us over and in this post I will cover the features that attracted me the most.
The Command Control
By the armrest there is a multifunction control center where you are able to easily navigate through the functions displayed on the touchscreen monitor. The touch-screen display is deactivated while in motion so the commander allows you to toggle through available options while you’re driving. Because of its convenient positioning and ease of use it is relatively safe to use while driving. The steering wheel has multifunction capabilities as well as far as changing tracks, volume adjusting, etc however personally I like to use the phone options and cruise control adjusting exclusively available on the steering wheel while leaving the commander control to assist me in controlling the radio and navigation system.
Ample Cargo Room
Because my husband and I enjoy camping, visiting Costco, and traveling (usually with our dogs) we were most interested in getting a vehicle with loads of cargo space without being required to sacrifice fuel economy. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring offers PLENTY of cargo room and features an easy release 40/20/40 fold down rear seats. It’s incredibly roomie back there.
Bose Center Point Surround Sound System
This is by far the nicest sound system I’ve personally ever had in a car. The 9 speaker setup allows me to hear parts of songs that I didn’t even know existed!
180° Fold Down Seating
Have you ever found yourself in a position where you needed to take a power nap in the car? We regularly take long trips so sometimes yes we do find ourselves needing to pull into the nearest rest stop to re-energize and this vehicle conveniently offers the ability to lay the driver and front passenger seat all the way back. Note: I don’t know the exact angle the seats fall at but I thought I’d throw 180° in the description to try and help you paint a picture.
Blind Spot Monitoring
The 2015 Honda CRV EX-L also had a lane departure warning system however it required you to view the display which just felt unnatural to me. I’m sure in time I could have gotten used to it but this is such a large purchase why settle? In the CX-5 you are given an audible and visual warning light (on side view mirrors) if there is another vehicle in your right or left blind spots. You definitely can’t ignore but it’s relatively subtle as to not be distracting either.
Mazda CX-5 Wheels (19-inch Alloy)
I just about died yesterday when I popped a curb but was relieved to find that my rims remained unharmed. I know this is strictly cosmetic here but I can’t help but ADORE these wheels. The Sport model’s 17-inch Alloy wheels are cool and attractive (and some say the riding experience is smoother with the smaller wheels) but these 19-inch alloy ones are just plain SEXY.
I don’t know how I managed to get by without this awesome feature all these years. I was reading on a forum the other about someone complaining that the camera isn’t HD quality. I found that topic very amusing – I simply need to see if there is anything or anyone behind the car while I’m reversing. When there is a car moving behind the car a clear warning alert sounds off just in case you are not looking.
4 Months Free XM/Sirius Radio
I probably will cancel the service near the end of the free trial (because they will charge you as soon as it is over if you don’t) but satellite radio is AWESOME. I probably won’t listen to the 100 sports stations they have available on there but I’m sure the option is ideal for some individuals out there. There are at least 15 stations that I like so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this feature during the rest of the next 4 month free trial.
Let’s talk accessories
So some accessories that we have in the car that we like but are completely optional (but I still recommend):
Steering Wheel Cover – I bought this one off of Amazon (Leather Steering Wheel Cover for Mazda CX-5 CX-7 CX-9 Mazda5 Mazda6) which I honestly hesitated to buy because I didn’t know how well it would work for the 2016 Mazda CX-5. Another buyer did leave the comment that it was perfect for their 2014 CX-5 so I decided to take a change, I mean how much different can steering wheels change from year to year? I am happy to confirm that it is PERFECT for the 2016 model. Why get a steering wheel cover? In my opinion the grip on the steering wheel is MUCH better. Just a hint to those considering the 2016 Grand Touring black leather interior the red stitching on the steering wheel is brighter compared to the red stitching on the black leather seats.
Roof Rack – offers the foundation to store bikes, snowboards, etc. OK so we don’t ski or snowboard but hey the option is there if we decide to pick up those hobbies!
Navigation System – not 100% reliable I’ve found but is good enough to get to where I need to be. It also indicates traffic cameras and speed limits, which is nice.
Retractable Cargo Cover – allows us to keep our valuable out of plain sight (not that we keep them regularly in the car but hey the option is nice.
All Weather-Proof Floor Mats – Considering how much rain we’ve encountered and we like to hike on dirt trails these floor mats are a MUST. We are able to simply hose them down to clean them which is awesome. The cargo mat especially is a MUST HAVE if you have dogs or do outdoorsy things because it is so easy to keep clean. When you have dogs that shed like crazy like ours this is an awesome investment. The amount of time you’ll save from cleaning the cargo area is absolutely worth it.
I could probably go on and on about this car but I will wrap it up here considering that I am now over the 1,000 words mark! Are you considering the Mazda CX-5? Do you own this car? Chime in with your thoughts and leave me a comment. Feedback is always appreciated. Thank you for reading!