The Mazda Experience at The Orlando International Auto Show #DriveMazda
When Mazda extended an invitation for me to check out their 2015 fleet at The Orlando International Auto Show, I was ecstatic! I L O V E cars! With my dad working as a mechanic for a large portion of my life, I've clocked in a few hours at garages watching cars get repaired and talking specs with my dad. Needless to say, I'm pretty familiar with Mazda, but they haven't been on my radar over the last few years - until now. I was able to test drive a few models which completely shifted my perspective on this line of vehicles. They knocked it out the park with my 3 biggest requirements as a mom:
- Safety for my family
- Space for my 6'2 husband, strollers and bags for road trips
- Gas mileage
First up was the 2015 Mazda 3. I choose to test drive this one because it seemed small and cute, lol. However, once they started explaining the features to me, I was blown away. The 40 HWY MPG alone had me sold. We're always on a road trip and constantly stopping for gas gets old fast. The ride was smooth and my friend Bianca barely felt any bumps while sitting in the back.
Next up, we tried the 2015 Mazda 6 !
The first thing that caught my eye about this car with the shape. I remember telling Bianca, "This one is hot!". We later learned that they constructed the shape based on an animal in wild (I forgot which one). Our attendant described it as a cat ready to ponce. We totally got the vision! As addicted to SUV's as I am, the 6 allowed me to picture myself in a sedan for the first time in a long time. The inside is very roomy and trunk space would be perfect for my stroller, grocery bags and boxes of products.
Finally, I had to test out the 2015 Mazda CX 5 because as I mentioned, SUV's are my thing!
I felt the most comfortable in this one as I'm used a being high up. I also love that (in all the models) there's a sensor that helps you with your blind spot and if you're getting too close to another car, it will alert you as well. Driving around with a toddler can be complicated when you're trying to concentrate on the road and tend to their needs at the same time. Riding around with the crying or screaming toddler can certainly distract you from the road. I love that the 2015 Mazda's look out for me in the split seconds that I may have lost focus. God forbid you should find yourself in an accident, most of the line up has received the highest accolades for safety.
Finally, I had to see what the hype is surrounding back up cameras. I don't have one and I've been fine without it, but I have friends that won't purchase a car unless it has one. Is it that crucial? I had to find out. To be honest, I'm not the best at backing into a parking space, so I see how this could be quite handy and how easily I can spoil a person. In the meantime, I suppose I'll just have to continue looking around and hoping for the best before I back out of a parking spot. You know, the old fashioned way.
Once the wonderful Mazda team completed our test drives with us. Bianca and I headed up to the showroom where we were able to check out additional models. Although I didn't get to test drive out the Miata as I'd dreamt about the night before, I did get a chance to play with it once I was inside the Convention Center:
What impressed me the most about the 2015 Mazda's was the innovative SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY which is what has enabled them to reduce fuel consumption without sacrificing performance. I'm always appreciative when brands make an effort to make a product that reduces toxins in the environment. These cars are essentially a Hybrid but with much better performance as a result of this technology. Any of these cars are great for the every day mother like myself that wants something functional and cool without sacrificing our child's college fund each month.
After test driving a few models and learning the ins and outs of the Mazda lineup, I'd recommend them to anyone in the market for a new car. In all, I was way more impressed with the Mazda line up that I'd ever imagine I'd be. I can not believe that you get so much for the price - the value is out of this world.
Thank you again to Mazda and the Orlando Auto Show team for giving me such a amazing opportunity.
This post is sponsored by Mazda but all opinions are my own.