It’s that time of year again, my Birthday!! Every year for my birthday I make my way down to Atlantic City to celebrate, and this year I rode in style in the all new 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It is a stylish small SUV that is just the right amount of sport and comfort. Certainly not a “Mom car”, I was proud to drop my kids off to school for the week in this.
ECO-BOOOOOST!!! Wow, the eco-mode is amazing. I cannot believe how much gas I saved in this beauty. That is probably the numero uno thing I LOVED about it. I was able to fill up the tank, and drive to and from Atlantic City, and then to and from my job all week until Thursday when I finally had to get more gas. I have to say, I have test driven many vehicles and the gas mileage on this thing is no joke.
The outside is a beautiful grey metallic and the rims are alloy. This was perfect for this week as we had a cold front come in with icy-rain, and the 4 wheel drive helps tremendously! We felt safe and comfortable.
The seats were black leather on top with microfiber where is matters for comfort. Especially in the Winter in New Jersey, all leather gets too cold and too hot. So the added touch of microfiber is perfect combined with the luxury of leather.
This model had heated seats only, and I would’ve liked to see them cooled as well for those hot months where black is great, but unbearable at times in the strong sun and heat.
The back seats are a little tight, and from going from a ford explorer to this, it feels a bit compact for me. My kids didn’t seem to mind one bit and liked the drop down arm in the center to separate them from eachother so they each had their own “side” of the back seat LOL.
Although the inside itself is a bit compact, the truck is much bigger than I suspected. I actually didn’t need to open the trunk at all until I went food shopping and I have to admit I was a bit nervous that I got more than this thing can fit, but boy was I wrong.
Even this picture doesn’t do it any justice. There is much more room still behind the bags and air space above.
This could easily lug around some strollers and/or soccer gear if needed, no problem.
Keep in mind the “Sport” is the compact model and the Outlander is much larger. It also offers 3rd row, which I’m a huge fan of if you’re willing to give up some trunk space.
For me, I remember always wanting a Mitsubishi when I was younger. It was the prime time of the eclipse and the 3000GT. They were all the rage and I swore I would get one. I never got the chance, but this brings back those memories seeing the Mitsubishi name back out on the market.
Last week was back to school. It’s always a mix of emotions for parents and kids alike, anxious and happy all at the same time.
My kids and I wanted to have a last hoorah before going back to school and we had the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum to go along for the journey.
The zoo was calling our names since we hadn’t been all year and the is one only a little over an hour at that we’ve never visited. Check out my coverage on it here.
The hybrid is A-Mazing on gas mileage. Half electric and half gasoline engine this darn thing charges itself! Yes, you read right.. no plugging it it although I believe you technically could. Any time you go below 30mph, the engine switches to electric and doesn’t suck up any gas.
I had a full tank of gas when I started my week, and a full week later after driving to and from work, the zoo which is an hour+ away, and to and from school pick ups and drop offs, I still had just under a quarter tank of gas left.
Not to mention $10 put it back up over a half tank!
Not only is the hybrid awesome on gas, it boasts a fabulous interior if you can find the Limited Platinum edition. This photo has no filter, just amazing interior lighting and interior leather seats. My kids really enjoyed how big and open the it was with the captain’s chairs. The center chairs move forward, backwards, recline and collapse forward foot extra space needs.
The rear row of seats fit 3 and also recline and collapse. Look at all this space. Its almost like a minivan fell without the “mom-van” stigma.
The limited edition comes with these rims and open country tires. The AWD feature makes for a smooth ride regardless of the weather.
Safety is a big concern for everyone but especially top of mind for parents. All new vehicles now must have a backup camera but I’ve seen some that work poorly at night.
Night time is probably one of the most important times to have clear vision on your back out camera, especially in a larger SUV. Kids are always in and out, and even when you think they’re in, they’re back out. The light on the back of this camera comes in handy for illuminating the space behind you like in a dark parking lot.
Check out that trunk! HUGE space with the 3rd row folded down. You can fold just one seat, or just the 2 on the right if you want. Someone can still fit comfortably back there with one side down.
The Highlander fit easily into my daily routine. My mornings start of with an early bootcamp classes and the leather cooled seats help to not feel so sweaty! I car pool with a friend and she absolutely loved that little fact haha!
I’m already missing the huge spacious inside of the Toyota Highlander and especially the heated and cooled leather seats.
The only downside (aside from my oldest son getting car sick from the new car smell) is the lack of ability of the push to talk navigation feature. I thought by now they’d figure it out for all vehicles. My 2016 vehicle does the same thing, it rarely understands me and I just get frustrated. Maybe it’s just me?
If you want a laugh, check out my fighting with the navigation push to talk system LOL! Even with the “teach your voice” feature I still couldn’t get it to work for me properly.
I hope everyone had a great first week back to school! My kids certainly did but they’re already counting down the days until Summer break and so am I!
Mazda USA came through with the 2018 Mazda CX-9! Check out this Auburn leather interior option with the woodgrain throughout the console.
I’m searching for my next vehicle since my lease is up at the end of the year and it is soooo stressful making the decision. 3rd row, sunroof, and leather interior and this baby fits the bill. Maybe I’ll be back in a Mazda again for my next vehicle? I’ll be checking out this signature version for the week and i’ll keep you guys updated on my thoughts! #DriveMazda
My favorite thing about this model is the interior. This is perfect for people with young children who still want that snazzy eye catching look.
This leather seating feels more like pleather to me, its much softer and crinkles and might tear more easily, but the color hides stains well while still being flashy and bright.
The Auburn color wouldn’t be complete without the woodgrain details. I liked this so much I checked around my local dealerships for this interior combo but didn’t find any nearby. If you like it, you may have to design your own model on their site if you aren’t lucky enough to have one near you. But they DO exist!
The front looks like any other Mazda. The grill is huge and flashy and the headlights are bright halogens. There is front camera there but it isn’t visible.
This allows for the follow alert where it tracks how close you are to tailgating the car ahead of you. This helps because I definitely get distracted by my boys sometimes and hubby says I tend to follow too close. It’s a good reminder to fall back.
I’m not sure about your experience with 3rd row seats, but mine is pretty narrow. In the fact that there are only 2 options I’ve noticed in the many vehicles I’ve seen with 3rd row… squishy … or slightly squishy. Never a huge 3rd row aside from my Ford Explorer, the SUVs always make you wish for more leg room but usually its for the kids anyway.
These seats in the back fold down easily, as well as the head rest, so it’s quick getting in and out. The trunk space isn’t bad for the size of this vehicle either.
I could fit a bunch of groceries even with the seats up, but other then that probablu just a compact stroller unless the seats are in down position. I guess that’s part of the sacrifice of the extra 3rd row seating.
Some last bonus’ for me with this vehicle is the heated steering wheel. Perfect for winter weather and not many vehicles have this option!
The 2nd row has its own temperature controls as well as heated seats controlled across the middle row as well which is awesome. (Although crumbs easily get stuck in the holes.. ugg..)
The is alot going on with the console, and I couldn’t test out everything for the week I had this vehicle, but as a previous Mazda owner, I can tell yupi Mazda hasn’t slipped.
The car is packed with great features and didn’t disappoint. Very smooth ride and we felt safe the whole way any road we were on.
Check out the all new C-HR by Toyota. What a cool looking car right? Immediately I felt like it was a car of the future, especially with the back door handles higher up then normal, made it feel like a “special” vehicle that I’d feel proud to ride around town in.
My kids, my husband, and I went to Medieval Times over the weekend in Lyndhurst NJ and took the 1 hour ride in style with this beauty.
It has everything you’d expect from a 2018 vehicle, blind spot monitoring, large LCD touch screen with bluetooth capability, heated seating, and more, although navigation does not come standard which is interesting.
One thing that I found unique that may be a Toyota brand thing (this is my first time with a Toyota) is the back up camera comes up on the rear view mirror as opposed to what I am used to which is on the large LCD screen.
See how small it is? Personally I am not a fan of this for a few reasons. The number one reason being the picture is very small and grainy and I don’t quite get the point of it being there instead of a much larger viewing screen. The second thing is, as a mom, while driving I have enough distractions with the kids fighting over things in the back seat, It’s defintely a distraction to have to look into the rear view mirror foot the back up camera, and in the right side is the actual mirror which you can see out of the back, yes, but you also see little heads bopping around and hands flailing about. I guess I don’t really see the point of it IN the rear view mirror. Anyone?
I found myself not even using it and struggling to see out of the accrual mirror instead along with the turn your head to see technique which the back windows make it very hard to see out of since they’re small due to design.
I guess that’s a price to pay for external beauty. The vehicle itself shines no matter where you go because it is so different in its design.
I thought my kids would have a hard time opening the back doors themselves but once I told them where the door handle was (I admit, I let them struggle for a bit trying to figure out where it was #badmom) they were able to open it pretty easily.
Can you find the back door handle? LOL!
The inside front is much smaller then my husband and I are used to with me having a full size explorer, but it is roomy enough to get comfortable in after. Also, surprisingly The back seat is much roomier than you would think.
My stepfather wanted to go for a ride in the back seat with my youngest and he raved about how comfortable he was back there even though it’s a small sized crossover.
From the back it looks like a small hatch back, but looks can be deceiving.
November 2018 was the 2017 NYC Play Fair and I had to ride in style so #Mazda hooked me up with this hotrod to take on the voyage across state lines. Ok, ok.. it’s only a 45 minute trip into NYC depending on traffic but I wanted that “dramatic” feel haha! And boy did they hook me up!
I feel like I need to start by introducing you to the safety features of this fine beauty called the 2018 Mazda3.
As a mother of 2 boys, I live and breathe what is best for them and my family, and being that we are in and out of it alot, my car isn’t a choice I take lightly.
2018 Mazda Mazda3 Safety Features
Driver Air Bag
Passenger Air Bag
Front Head Air Bag
Rear Head Air Bag
Front Side Air Bag
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Electronic Stability Control
Daytime Running Lights
Child Safety Locks
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Blind Spot Monitor
In addition to all of the important features listed above, you can turn on the car length guide that shows you if you’re tailgating the car in front of you which I find extremely useful. You know us NJ drivers need to get where we’re going quickly and sometimes don’t notice we are tailgating until our husband’s yell at us (LOL!).
The interior of the 2018 Mazda3 is breathtaking. They hit the nail on the head with this ivory and black combination interior… I mean just look at how stunning this looks. Would you believe the 2018 starts at just under 20K??
This model came with a sunroof which i l love to keep the window closed but the screen open. Makes November seem like Spring time letting the sun in… when there is sun…
The heated seats, both driver and passenger are a huge bonus and to top it off, a heated steering wheel! ALWAYS GO WITH THE HEATED STEERING WHEEL! You can thank me later.
The interface leaves a little to be desired in my opinion as they artyl haven’t gotten it right. It’s 2018 and there isn’t a standard navigation package in this model which I found a bit odd with how luxurious everything else was.
Alao, getting used to the center console controls takes a little but, but once you get used to it, it’s fine.
Now onto the exterior. What more can I say, such a stylish, family friendly vehicle that works it in all the right places.
Check out this beauty in pearl white with aluminum alloy rims, halogen lights and sleek windows. Did I mention the grill is A-Maz-ingly intimidating yet beautiful? Zoom-Zoom!
See for yourself what the fus is about…
The trunk folds down into the 2nd row for sects space if needed, but even without doing that I wad amazed at how easily I fit my weekly HUGE grocery trip into it no problem.
Do you own a Mazda? Let me know what you think down below!
Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. It was a really brisk morning this morning when I was up and out at 5am.. out first of the season where you see your breath when you speak and I don’t like it! 39º is what tree car read, and it didn’t warm up much throughout the day either.
As I wind down for the night and am settles in to begin this post, I thought the title would fit perfectly. Before kids, weekend’s were occasionally for “bar hopping”, now it’s only right that they’ve been formally replaced with what I call “Farm hopping” haha!
What is farm hopping you might ask. Think about it.. there are so many to choose from locally, why only pick one? Is there some rule? I mean, there are ones that are totally FREE to go and enjoy the festivities, so why not?
Lucky for me I got to sport around in the all new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S and since it is a V6 but eco friendly engine, it was super fun to take these trips.
My favorite thing about getting to spend time in different vehicle models is seeing jyst how different they really are. Although many standard features are the same from model to model, there are some that just stand out (And some for a bad reason too).
This particular model was a Quartz brown exterior, personally I love this color on any car. It just seems so high end and ritzy and I feel really fancy driving around in it. The interior was pretty nice too, tan and black, although i would prefer a lighter tan as this is a bit on the yellow side (although I guess it’s good for young children because you cannot see the crumbs my boys have already spilled in it or “other” things that may happen that may be yellow in color…)
The thing I missed the most during the week with this car has too accrual be TWO things. My remote start for my 5am early mornings and the keyless entry that allows me to lock my keys in the car when I go into the gym. I’ll tell you though first hand, this model will not let you lock the keys in the car 😀🤣 and it’s a good thing because i would’ve done it twice out of habit. It tells at you and promptly unlocks the doors right after you hit lock.
The most unique feature that helped us on our trips was the huge trunk capacity for such a small crossover suv. My youngest is now 5 but we still bring a stroller, mainly to hold jackets and bags that I’m too lazy to carry and to avoid lockers that I’m too cheap to pay for. Ok, it’s also to carry tired kids after a long day of fun back to the car.
I did find it very unique but also a bit odd and concerning that the back seats EJECT fot you to get anyone into the third row or to fold the second row down for extra trunk space. It did run through my mind for a split second that this could happen if my children were to accidently pull the lever on the side or the head rest although I’d like to believe there is some sort of safety feature regarding weight on the seat that prevents this. I didn’t want to test this out with my children in the seats lol although they probably would enjoyed it on hind-sight, so if you know the answer, please feel free to comment below because it’s really interesting…
This particular model also didn’t come with built in navigation, so that wasn’t very fun having to old-school it and use my cell phone on the center cup holder navigating me to our first destination of the weekend, Turhune Orchards.
Don’t let the name fool you, it isn’t only an orchard although they have a lovely apple supply of trees to pick fresh apples from, and FREE apples put in giant boxes throughout the farm to feast on (I assumed they were washed 🤔) and the we’re really really yummy!
Parking was easy because they navigate you in, however it was crowded as ever since it was the first day of their “annual fall festival”. They take both cash and cards at the entry and it does cost a hefty $12 per person which I though was a bit much for what they offer, however once inside, almost everything is included without an extra charge with the exception of pony rides, pumpkins, and of course food.
They have a couple of food tents and the food was just OK and not really great in my opinion. They have chicken, pulled pork, and some various soups and salads but nothing really geared towards children, especially my picky eater. My favorite thing was the apple cider donuts and I ate more then I should have on my excersize diet that I’m currently on.
My kids really enjoyed the pumpkin painting, and pumpkins under 5lbs were just a few dollars and the painting was free. The corn maze was simple and cute, and my 5 year old son and gid daughter proudly led us all through it without a problem.
The hay ride was short, but takes you around the beautiful fruit orchards and compared to may others I’ve been on, it was a nice smooth comfortable ride.
They did have animals to see, but I didn’t see very many. If you want to fork up the extra dough on top of the entry fee, you can do a pony ride for the kids which is cute.
Would I go back? I’d have to say probably. It’s a nice open family friendly space and had some nice activities for all. I wish they would lower their prices a bit for entry though, but the included activities make it worth it. Also, they do have wine tasting which is always a bonus😉.
Check out more as well as their activities calendar at:
Fri, Sat & Sun 12pm-6pm
Bottles available in farm store daily
Next up on my list is Snyders Farm. This is an amazing place for young children. It will cost you $8 CASH ONLY per person to get in, parking is simple, and you must take the hay ride over to the farm area. We first visited this farm last year during a birthday party for my god daughter and we had a blast. I wanted to see what it was like as a regular visitor, and it didn’t disappoint. The activities are geared towards all ages, and it is a big enough farm that it doesn’t feel over crowded and the kids can run around safely.
They have a small animal farm with just a few goats, many hay climbing sections, and my favorite, the giant hay slide. We must have gone on this thing a dozen times and ir doesn’t get old. Each time is just as fun as the last. It reminds me of the giant slides at amusement parks that you get into the potato sack and slide on down. Only this, you slide directing into a giant tub of corn! Yes, it will get in your shoes and everywhere else.
On the topic of shoes, it rained while we were there and yes it did get muddy so don’t wear any nice shoes here.
More activities to highlight is the daily surprise where captain America shoots CANDY to the kids from the sky out of a real CANNON, and no kid leaves without candy. It is such a fun, unexpected treat for newcomers and it is so fun to watch all of the kids screaming with excitement.
That’s not all that is shot at Snyder farm. You can pay ($3 for corn, $5 for pumpkins) too shoot corn or pumpkins at cars! This was so fun for us all.
The only downfall of this place is, #1 I cannot figure out where to actually do pumpkin picking or apple picking, and #2, lack of food options! They only had one food truck when we were there and it was a seafood focused truck wick is odd to be the only option, in october, at a kids fall festive area.. but i have to say, their Chicken tenders and fries although expensive, were really good. This place is tree opidumy of fall activities (besides pumpkin and apples).
The best part is that NOTHING (except food and any picking) is an extra charge once inside, so this is definitely the best value.
Would I visit again? Absolutely! Hopefully next year on a less muddy day.
Check out more at;
586 S Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ 08873
Weekends Only 11am – 6pm
Saturday & Sundays Only 9am – 4pm
Saturday & Sundays Only 9am – 4pm
Monday thru Sunday 11am – 6pm
Last on my list is Ort Farm. This is FREE to get in, parking is simple too although a very crowded lot and you should be prepared to walk a little bit.
Without an entry fee, it really can’t be beat. Free fun for all, however if you want to do the routine stuff like hayride and pumpkin picking, your gonna have to pay up. The $1 per person hayride takes you to the pumpkin patch which is really huge. Each pumpkin is .59 cents a lb which isn’t bad. We got an 8 pounder and paid just $4 and change, while my cousins picked out a giant sized 25lb pumpkin for their little ones first Halloween. The pumpkins are in really great shape and many perfect ones to choose from preclipped, or that you can rip right off of the vine.
At check out they have amazing homemade salted caramel chocolate fudge, and Apple cider donuts that I may or may not have consumed…
They have the hands down most unique activity of all here though… MONSTER TRUCK rides. A “hayride” like ride on REAL monster trucks. Amazing! We didn’t do this because of timing and the line was super long, so I am not sure of the cost but we watched them and they looked and sounded awesome.
We did however check out all of the animals which the had quite a few including chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, an adorable baby calf and some cool bulls.
Across the street from this section was their corn maze. This is the BEST corn maze I have ever been in. I seriously couldn’t find my way out, even when using the provided map, aside from a 5, 8, and 9 year old leading the way… so I feel it was worth the $6 a person they charge to get into the maze. Apparently they do corn maze at night too and everyone gets a flashlight. I am too much of a chicken for that, but if you like the dark, I suggest you check that out because you WILL get lost in there.
We didn’t eat any real food there due to time, so I am not sure of the cost or if it is any good, but I definitely smelled hot dogs and hamburgers and they did smell AMAZING.
Would I go back? Yes! If you don’t feel like spending money but want fall activities, this is the place to just soak in all the fall feelings.
This past week was my 31st birthday and we did our annual tradition casino trip. This time we decided to go to the Sands Casino in Bethelhem, PA instead of our usual trip to Atlantic City. We had an amazing meal at Emrils’s Chophouse Burger and gambled a little bit (and lost).
We didn’t wind up staying at the casino hotels because they were extremely over priced with their rates and has no promotions. If you’re looking for an alternative, cheaper place to stay, we stayed at the Comfort Suites which is only 5 minutes away and they offer a free shuttle to the casino up until midnight.
Lucky for me I was able to drive in style with the all knew 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring.
The interior made the vehicle feel so luxurious, ivory leather with black trim. Having two boys, I don’t think I could ever have this choice as my day-to-day car since it would be dirty in a matter of days, but we managed to keep it nice and clean for the week, even in the rain and mud.
I mean, look at this. Who wouldn’t want to jump in this car and go for a ride? At only $21k starting MSRP, anyone can afford to drive in style (and Safety!).
The exterior reminds me alot of a BMW, just the curviness and sleek front end. The headlights are just like any new 2017 vehicle, hologen, very bright and have feature to be automatic so that you don’t ever need to remember to turn them on and off.
That’s something I used to whole time as I currently use it in my Ford.
One thing that stands out to me is the number of safety features it has right off the bat. Similar to the 2016 model, which was a top rated safety vehicle of 2016, the 2017 model has the windshield display that is projected and only the driver can see it.
It’s customizable and shows stop signs, vehicle distance and speed limit. It alerts you if you are tailgating too close, or trying to get over when another vehicle is in your blind spot. The navigation also links to this display so that you do not have to take your eyes off of forward view and look at the console. I really liked how the display looks and the subtle alerts are a big help, especially when driving with kids can be distracting (did I mention 2 boys yelling at their tablet games in the back?).
As a compact vehicle, you really do not give up much space with this one. The trunk is huge and can be folded down to the back seat to allow for deeper cargo to be transported. I was able to fit a weeks worth of groceries in the trunk with no problem.
Gas mileage is WONDERFUL, avg is 32hmpg. I had it for an entire week, with a filled tank i drove out of state to the casino, to and from work daily, which is 25 minutes away, and misc other errands and did not need to put gas on it once.
One of the things we did this week is go to Benihana with the kids. It was my 4 year olds first time there and he enjoyed the flames coming from the hibatchi grill maybe as much as he enjoyed the chopsticks. This is one of my favorite places to eat, the chicken fried rice is to die for! Luckily I’m part of the birthday club so every year I get a $30 certificate to use to cover my meal. If you haven’t been, I suggest you go.
We had a great weekend overall thanks to Mazda for giving us this ride for the week to make it happen!
Last but not least, I want to touch on Mazda’s amazing donation program “drive for good”. Mazda established the Mazda Drive for Good charitable program as a way to give back to the communities in which it does business. Since it’s launch in 2013, the Mazda program has donated more than $12.9 million, has pledged not than 192,000 charitable service hours, and continues to provide monetary donations and community service throughout the year
I used my card to donate to St. Jude’s Cancer hospital for children as it is something that is very important to me.
The all new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer was provided to me by DriveShop to test out and give my opinion.
We took the Lancer for a nice hour and a half long ride to Fright Fest to test it out. Any excuse to go to a theme park is good with me! My initial thoughts were a bit skewed because I drive a fairly large 2016 truck, so any car is inferior in my opinion. This being a 2017, the first thing I noticed was it definitely couldn’t be the fully loaded version. It was not equipped with navigation which I thought came standard in almost every vehicle these days. But maybe I’m wrong. Either way, with this model, you’d need to get an upgraded package that includes navigation.
This is my first time driving any Mitsubishi, so I am not sure if this is a standard for them, but the keyless entry in this specific car is a little odd in my opinion. I am so used to push start, that I guess I don’t understand why there would be an almost keyed like ignition start. It isn’t a key, but rather shaped like one, and you push it in and turn it. I just don’t see the point of it. Again, maybe it isn’t just this model, and its a Mitsubishi brand thing. My dream car when I was a teen was a Mitsubishi eclipse, and I never did actually get it, darn!
There is a back up camera, like any other vehicle made after 2013, and it’s quite accurate. I felt comfortable relying on it as I packed in and out of parking spots and my driveway. Some vehicles cameras are not as clear, or do not include the entire view, but this one did.
I loved the exterior. It was so pretty, especially when the sunlight hits it. This color is not just white, but it’s called Pearl for a reason. In the sunlight, it is such a beautiful, sparkling pearl color. The black leather interior really compliments it well, and the rims are stunning!
Since I had this car for a week, I took it to and from work more then anywhere. I work up in the mountains, so the daily drive includes a vigorous incline on the way to work, and a long and slow decline on the way home. Let me tell you, this Lancer took it like a champ! I felt comfortable driving up and down the hilly slopes and felt like I had total control over the car. That definitely has to do with the face that it was 4 wheel drive option. There is a button in the center that you can switch easily between 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive which was a plus.
The halogen lights were beautiful and helped with driving home from our long drive to six flags. They were super bright and I felt like it was a smooth ride home. Did I mention gas in this car is great!?! It’s everything I love about a sedan as opposed to my gas guzzling truck.
What a nice vehicle inside an out. There sunroof was an added bonus, especially since it’s the fall and the beautiful sunshine is still poking through the clouds often. I didn’t get a photo of the trunk, but it’s a decent size for a 4 door sedan. I was able to fit food for the week for our family of 4 in the truck with no issues. It also has the option to fold down the back row seats one at a time for added trunk space.
I have to say, the only con is the lack of navigation being standard. The driver and passenger seats were manual control, which is also a bit outdated in a 2017 model, but it’s less of an issue as it a critique.
Overall, The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is a nice, reliable vehicle, and it starts at $24,000 which is very well priced for this car. It’s an affordable option for families that may not be able to make the jump to an SUV. You can ride in style while still having the room in the back to fit 2 kids in car seats and another passenger back there with them.
This year, we were fortunate enough to be able to take the kids to their first Disney World trip in Florida. I worked with Drive Shop to test out the 2016 Mazda CX-5 for the week while there because we needed something reliable. It definitely did not disappoint!
The color was excellent for the extreme heat. Glacier White with light beige interior. Perfect to keep the car cool when the sun is beaming down.
This crossover SUV fits 5 comfortably and had such a smooth ride. The stylish exterior and interior made driving it around south Florida so much fun. We stayed in Palm Bay which is more on the east coast and had to travel an hour and a half to Disney World in Orlando. The SkyActive technology by Mazda made the gas last the entire week even with the long trips.
The cruise control came in handy during the long trip on the same road and it had a feature I’ve never seen before. It was a car length sensor that you can set the cruise control to keep the car one, two, or three car lengths behind the car in front of you.
The center console is where the radio controls are as well as the volume and mute. This system has no power off button, only mute. The large center button is a toggle button. It controls the LCD panel for everything. You can also use the touch screen feature, but when driving the center button is easier to navigate everything.
There is a “sport” button that allows you to easily flip the car into sport mode if you’re on the highway and want to feel some extra “umf”!
The number one thing is it got us to and from Disney safely! There was a little rain storm on the way there and it drove great in it. One of the best features is when I had to use the brights, it has an “auto” sensor when on the auto feature. This allowed the car to automatically turn the high beams off when there was a vehicle coming, and back on when it passed. I haven’t seen that function on any other vehicle yet.
We had a blast at Disney World and a big thank you to Mazda and DriveShop for providing this vehicle for our travels around south Florida!
I had the opportunity this first week of April to check out the 2016 Kia Sorento SXL in Platinum Graphite thanks for DriveShop. I always love doing car reviews because seeing all of the different options available as they come out makes it really easy for me to choose a car that is right for my family. Sometimes you see a vehicle that looks really beautiful, but then you test drive it, and end up disappointed. Luckily, for anyone looking to get a Kia Sorento for their family, this is not one of the disappointments in my opinion.
Check out my initial reaction when I got the keys for the first time.
If you’ve seen any of my other vehicle reviews, you probably already know that my favorite part is the panoramic moon roof. It just adds so much life to the interior. I usually leave it open everyday to keep the inside feeling bright and big. There is nothing saying you need to keep your moon roof closed and have the car looking dark inside! I do the same with my personal car although there isn’t an awesome panoramic style moon roof in it.
Do you see how bright it is in the car? Look at all of that natural lighting! You can do your own photo shoot in the car.
The interior in this model is black nappa leather trim and ivory. Immediately after getting into this car, I was in love with how luxurious it looks and feels inside. The seats were so soft and cozy and the front AND middle seats all offer the controlled heated seat option with the front also offering air conditioned seats which is lux-urious! The steering wheel has a heated option as well which is great.
You can tell the difference in lighting when the moon roof is closed. Do yourself a favor, keep it open!
The way this car drove was amazing. The 6 cylinders gave great pick up and the car drove smoothly and very comfortably. The new age systems inside were a little difficult to navigate as far as all of the options available, but I am sure if I had longer then 1 week with the vehicle an actually read the manual I’d have it all down to a science.
The back up camera in this model is very efficient. It took a little getting used to, but it has an ACTUAL camera view on the top of the car that allows you to not only see the back of your vehicle like most, but also the front and sides. It gives you multiple camera options too depending on where you want to look. The car monitors and beeps at you to let you know if anything is in your path.
My one complaint with this car, and again, I did not read the manual, but I couldn’t figure it out if it is an actual option, is that I cannot control the rear heat/AC. The 3rd row has the option for the passenger to control the heat/AC back there which is great… but who usually sits in the 3rd row? Kids rights? I don’t want them controlling their own heating and cooling without me having the option to “fix” it while I am driving on the highway. I can foresee numerous fights ensuing over it which a parent is stuck listening to it without the option to fix it without stopping or pulling over. That is something that would bug me if I was the owner of this 3rd row SUV.
The trunk space is really, really tiny and it is expected with the compactness of this vehicle. But when I say small.. I mean really small. It barely fit an umbrella stroller in it when I took some friends for a play date to the local mall an utilized the 3rd row. But hey, take the good with the bad right? The inside was cozy and spacious even with the 3rd row up. Also, the trunk has a good amount of space when the 3rd row is down.
For the price of this specific model with all of the options, I think it’s a little high for a KIA in particular with a price tag of $46k, but this is fully loaded. I say for a KIA because before these models recently, KIA was seen as a cheaply made vehicle at an affordable price. It isn’t the case anymore as they’ve stepped it up a lot, but the resale value is currently not great on a KIA at the moment. As far as the interior that I was so excited about, the nappa leather seats leave a little to be desired because although they look beautiful and I’d probably pay extra to have them, they seem like they’d rip or tear easily for like “pleather” instead of real leather which is thicker. Here is the window sticker of this exact model with all of the options I spoke about;
19MPG avg is a little lower then I’d expect for a smaller SUV such as the Kia Sorento.
Here’s some more look into the details. Look at the gas and break, they look like straight out of a race car!
Overall, we had a great time with this car for the week. It proved to be able to take on a ny task we had for it, including BOYS! My son was trying to participate in the vlogging review of the car and he was able to stand straight up in the back which was cool for him.