Thank you to Mazda for lending us this car for the week. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
While we were on vacation earlier this month we were able to drive the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD for our week in Florida. The Mazda CX-5 is a crossover SUV that seats 5. Neither my husband or I have ever owned a Mazda and the time to replace his vehicle will soon be upon us, so we were really excited to drive one.
Hands down, the best thing about the Mazda CX-5 is that safety was the top priority when this vehicle was designed. Even as a passenger in the car on our first night in Florida, I couldn’t believe how great the safety features were.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
When your vehicle is in reverse, the system will alert you on the monitor and side view mirrors if it detects a vechile approaching from the side.
Smart City Brake Support
When you are driving at a low speed, the system detects objects ahead. If an impact is predicted, the car adjusts the brake pads closer to the disc for faster braking. It will also apply the brakes if you are unable to.
Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring
The sensors will detect when an object is in your left or right bling spots. It will also warn you when fast-approaching vehicles are about to enter a blind spot.
Lane Departure Warning
Alerts you when your car is about to leave its lane.
And my favorite safety feature… DRUM ROLL…
Active Driving Display
I’ve only ever driven one other car with the Driving Display and the Active Driving Display on the Mazda CX-5 put that to shame! I LOVED that it showed your GPS directions on the display. As a driver on unfamiliar routes, it was so helpful to me to be able to have my next turn projected in front of me. If you aren’t sure what a Driving Display is, it’s typically when your vehicle displays your speed for the driver on the windshield in front of you. It’s so awesome to not have to look down or over to see your speed, your upcoming GPS turns, etc.
Other great features of the Mazda CX-5:
- 26 average MPG
- lots of cup holders
- LATCH connectors (for car seats!)
- covered back storage
- heated power mirrors
- leather seats
- heated front seats
- driver seat memory (Jason’s favorite feature EVER!)
- push button start
- power moon roof
- Bose® speakers
- USB ports
- rear A/C and heat vent
And since no vehicle is perfect, these are, in our opinions, the cons of the Mazda CX-5.
- hard to fit a double stroller in the back cargo area (but did fit two large suitcases and an umbrella stroller)
- heat and A/C vents in center console don’t reach infants in rear-facing seats
We are so grateful to Mazda for loaning us this crossover SUV to safely haul around our family while we were in Florida. By the end of our week it was definitely full of sand and memories.
How important are a vehicle’s safety features to you? What’s a make it or break it feature for you when you’re purchasing a vehicle. I’d love to hear in the comments.