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When I was planning my super-quick trip to Orlando a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to get a vehicle so I could have easy access to transportation whenever I needed to go to the next location. There was a lot of back-and-forth between parks to fit it all in, so being able to go on my terms was necessary. I was super excited to learn I’d get to drive the new CX-5 for my three days, and I learned Why the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the Perfect Trip Vehicle.
If y’all remember, we got to test out the 2016 version of the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring back in February, and loved the smoothness of the ride and roomy-ness of the seats and foot areas. I knew the 2017 would be at least as good as last year’s model, but oh my gosh – I wasn’t prepared for my new absolute FAVORITE feature…..
…it displays your SPEED onto the windshield!!! Okay, don’t panic – it’s a screen on the dash that’s designed to reflect up so it displays slightly in front of you – but lightly, so while you CAN see it, it’s definitely not a distraction and doesn’t interfere at all with safe driving or seeing obstacles.
Here’s why this makes it IDEAL for a trip vehicle though – it not only displays the speed you’re currently going, but also what the posted speed is! Ack – that’s my biggest frustration of driving in a new place, like on trips, because I don’t know what the speed limit is on the roads until I pass a sign. And those don’t always show up very often, depending on the road.
It was super nice to 1: not have to look down to check my speed and 2: know what the posted speed limit was on any road I went on, without having to look for/wait for another sign.
That’s not it – it also had indicators on that special display that showed if there was something close behind you, if you were close to the one in front of you, AND if there’s something to your side. They have the side indicators on your side-view mirrors as well, that light up a bright yellow when a car is next to you – but I loved having it right there in my view.
Aside from just this new feature that I think is completely amazing, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring has all the great features I enjoy in a vehicle, like a pop-up screen for navigation, music, etc. There’s dials for it on the steering wheel and the middle dash as well, making it convenient for your co-pilot to help adjust things. It’s a very smooth, quiet ride – and gets about 24 MPG city, so you can save on your gas budget aspect of your vacation while still enjoying a mid-sized vehicle!
The same roomy interior (in both front and back seats) as the 2016 was great, and the trunk has plenty of cargo space for any luggage, souvenirs or whatever else you may have to take along (or back) from your trip.
And one more thing – this blue color that I got to drive around Orlando for three days? It’s my new favorite vehicle color, since it was beautiful, bright, shiny with a hint of silver tint to it and just different enough from all the other blue vehicles to make it special. If I’m lucky enough to get a 2017 Mazda CX-5 in the future, I want it in THIS shade!