What’s up with the 2018 Mazda CX-7 Signature AWD

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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20180523_195848.jpgI 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..)

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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.

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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.

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Good job Mazda! Zoom zoom!

Disney World trip with the 2016 Mazda CX-5

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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”!

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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!