Celebrating in Style with the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring!
When it comes to celebrating something big, like a high school graduation, then you should go out with style. After 4 years of homeschooling, my son finally graduated high school. It was the proudest moment of my life. The journey was a struggle. It was filled with tears and challenges and ended with a glorious walk across the stage. My son’s graduation was the highlight of this year for us. I knew we were going to be busy with celebration parties galore.
His graduation took place on a nice, warm Wednesday. Family and friends came to cheer him on. When they called out his name, I thought my heart was going to thump out of my chest. It was such an amazing feeling. If you have teenagers, who are in high school, I can’t wait for you to experience this. I don’t know how much more I can describe it. It was great.
We had a special dinner with family and friends at our favorite Chinese restaurant. The drive back to an old neighborhood is always fun. Do you ever do that? Go back to the old neighborhood where you grew up or in our case, when we first got married? We had to go see where we started from and from there, the restaurant is just blocks away.
The laughter of family and friends to celebrate my son’s accomplishment was good for my soul. During this time, we had the pleasure of riding around in a Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring. A RED Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring. I have never driven a red car before. I don’t know why, but I felt a bit self-conscious. Dumb, I know. hahaha.
The ride itself was great and OMGOSH, the power on this engine. WHOA. I don’t know if I just had to get used to a “new” gas pedal, but wow, did this car have power. I loved it actually. Combined with the candy apple red, talk about an energy booster! This is most definitely a thrilling set of wheels. Another thing I liked were the speakers. It had Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System with AudioPilot® and an additional 9 speakers. We have Bose speakers in our everyday car and even though it’s 14 years old, the speakers are AMAZING. I think every car should come with Bose speakers. I may or may not have blasted some songs as I drove. HA!
Check out these other features:
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Power sliding-glass moonroof
- EPA-estimated mileage city/highway (mpg): 25/332
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
- Leather-trimmed sport seats
- 8-way power driver’s seat with power adjustable lumbar support
- Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System with AudioPilot® and 9 speakers
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 4-month trial subscription
- Rear privacy glass
- Mazda advanced keyless entry system
- Mazda Navigation System
- 40/20/40 split folding rear seatback with fold down center armrest
- Heated front seats
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Push button start
- Steering wheel-mounted audio, phone and cruise controls
- Bluetooth®3 hands-free phone and audio capability
- Auxiliary input jack and USB port
- Advanced front air bags, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains4
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) & Traction Control System (TCS)5
- MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System6
- 7-inch full-color touch screen display
- Multifunction Commander Control
- SMS text message audio delivery and reply
The car ride is smooth and relaxing. Although, I do have 1 minor regret with it. For our family of 5, it is a little on the small side. We do much better with a larger vehicle, but when the teen was away during this week, the husband, and two little ones and I were a perfect fit. My husband is very particular when it comes to engine displacement (whatever that means?!), especially since we have a large family in the car. I’m telling you, even though it was a 4 cylinder motor, we noticed that it was quick and agile to react to speed when we needed it. Which is good, right?
Another feature that we loved is the Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) System. It’s kind of like the rearview camera. We all know we should be super careful when we back up any car, but when you have the option of looking at a screen, for added safety, then why not, right? Well, same goes with the Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) System. It’s a bonus safety feature that we may think we don’t need, but it’s nice to have. I liked it.
The ride is as classic as they come. It was the perfect car for the perfect occasion.
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This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We were sent this vehicle for 1 week to facilitate this review.
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!