A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to test drive the Mazda CX-5 for a week. I currently drive an SUV crossover style car, so transitioning to the Mazda CX-5 was no biggie for us as a family. The two car seats fit comfortably in the back seat, but there was no room for a third passenger, making the Mazda CX-5 a 4 passenger car when you have two children in car seats.
The good thing about the Mazda CX-5 is the amount of cargo space in the trunk. I can fit enough “baby” things for our weekend trips to our beach house, including a pack & play, stroller, enough luggage for a weekend trip for 4 people, and still have room to go shopping!
The handling of the car was pretty good, and the overall look of the car was great. If I could change one thing about the car it would be the side view mirrors. The shape of the mirrors made it difficult to see behind me and I felt there were more blind spots in the car because of that. Of course, once you get use to the car your 6th sense starts working and you get a better feel for the size of the car. The car also comes equipped with blindspot monitoring which senses when you are too close to another car, so that feature makes up for the odd shaped mirrors.
Fully loaded the Mazda CX-5 comes with heated leather seats, navigation with an option for a Sirius subscription, and more goodies that can be found on the Mazda site. While you are there you can customize your car to price it out and speak with your local dealership on the special promos they have.
After driving the Mazda CX-5 it was actually hard transitioning back to my old car because of all the upgrades the CX-5 had. Starting at about $22,000, this crossover SUV comes with a ton of options at a great price point.