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Review: Cruising Around in the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

The holidays are rolling right on by us but over the Thanksgiving break I had a great time driving around, running errands and touting leftovers in the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD! First thing out the gate look at the color, doesn't it just scream fall? The color is Titanium Flash Mica (still not sure who comes up with the color names but it's unique). I immediately loved the fact that it was a compact SUV, I've got a kid that's almost my height and with it being the week of Thanksgiving I needed all the room I could get! But that was just the beginning of the cool features, we've got to get inside it to really appreciate it...

Now the Grand Touring is the top of the line model for the Mazda CX-5, so it has ALL the bells and whistles. As soon as I got in the Parchment color leather seats immediately caught me off guard, in a good way. Fancy right? Not my go to color with a child but they were so comfortable and with nice leather sport seats comes...heated front seats, so that helped when getting in the car early in the morning since leather takes on the temperature of the car and it was cold some mornings. The driver seat was also had power controls so I could adjust the seat exactly to my liking and my height, I'm only 5'3" so I can't be but so far away from the wheel.

Parchment interior of the 2016 Mazda CX-5 (Driver's seat view)

Parchment interior of the 2016 Mazda CX-5

All power locks and a power parking break, oh and of course with steering wheel and Bluetooth controls for added convenience and safety! It even has a power moon-roof, which funny enough I got to use because it was unseasonably warm a few days. The center console drew me in like most computer screens do and that is where I have the most fun right after driving (I'm a geek can't help it). There is built in navigation (which you can only program while stopped, safety first), Sirius Satellite radio, all controlled from the touch screen display readily at your fingertips, but right where your hand normally rests, there are radio/audio controls there too! The Bose speakers in here make whatever music you chose to listen to sound great!

Center Console, audio controls and electronic parking brake

Touchscreen display The push button ignition is always a feature I like, no fumbling to put a key in the ignition, car starts as long as the key is inside (however that can lead to you losing sight of the keys lol). This beauty also had dual-zone climate control so I didn't have to make my passenger sweat if I was feeling a little chilly. The Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring also comes with rear-view camera as well as blind spot monitoring which is definitely handy in DC area traffic. Also as with most new Mazda models, the SKYACTIV engine helps with gas mileage (this guy gets 26MPG combined city/highway) as well as your overall drive. This model is priced at $32,340. I enjoyed my week riding around, my only real complaint which is probably a preference is the Parchment seats (white) I would not choose that interior color with a kid or with all the moving around I do.

*Disclosure: The car was lent to me in exchange for my review, opinions are my own* ~ChicDivaGeek

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