Brave the Chicago highway in the 2016 Mazda CX-5 #DriveMazda

25 Apr

This is a sponsored post about the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and I was given the vehicle to test drive while visiting my family.  All opinions are my own. #DriveMazda #ad

Recently I (Just Plane Dad) had the pleasure of driving the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD vehicle during a trip to visit family.  I picked up Mazda CX-5 just outside of Midway Airport in Chicago and immediately was thankful for the heated seat option (yeah, it’s cold!).


2016 Mazda CX5 on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad


The Mazda CX-5 is their brand new model and this one barely had 6K miles on the odometer. The exterior color was a Titanium Flash Mica [somewhere between a brown and gray] with a multi color Parchment leather interior.

2016 Mazda CX-5 interior front seat #DriveMazda

First impression of this vehicle; it’s sharp looking.  It’s color matching 19” alloy wheels highlight the tough stance of this compact SUV.  Highway travel can be treacherous and I was excited to see how it would handle on the crowded roads. The vehicle feels stable and the SKYACTIV-G-powered engine brought about 33mpg.

Walking up to the vehicle, I put my hand on the exterior door handle and noticed I could unlock the door using the Advanced Keyless Entry System without taking the keyfob out of my pocket.  Where was this functionality when I was lugging around my baby daughter and her accessories?

Once in the driver’s seat I held the leather wrapped steering wheel and started the Mazda CX-5 with the push button engine start, adjusted my seat position and mirrors and readied myself for the hour plus drive to my destination.

2016 Mazda CX-5 steering wheel #DriveMazda

I punched the address into the navigation system and then got down to business.  And by business, I mean threw on the Sirius Satellite Radio to listen to some classic rock stream across the speakers.  Did I mention Sirius is included for no charge?

All of the controls can be accessed using the multi function commander control which is a large rotary switch on the center console that is not only easy to use but keeps your eyes on the road.  As a dad, safety is my number one priority; particularly when traveling alone.

2016 Mazda CX-5 command center #DriveMazda

Driving the 2016 Mazda CX-5 was much like driving a car, easy to maneuver and park.  Backing up I appreciated the rear view camera that is activated when the vehicle is in reverse and viewed on the 7” color touch screen display.

2016 Mazda CX-5 display center #DriveMazda

Cruising the interstate in Chicago is often chaos with the amount of cars on the road and it’s often necessary to swerve quickly to avoid danger.  [yes, I’m talking to you OTR driver].  The 2016 Mazda CX-5 makes it easy to stay alert using the blind spot monitoring system and lane departure warning. The vehicle actually beeps if you sway too far to the side.

With the Mazda radar cruise control system and smart brake support, keeping pace with traffic is simple. It slows the vehicle down when you get too close to other cars, then resumes back to your preset speed when traffic is less congested.  This feeling takes some getting used to!

2016 #DriveMazda CX-5 dash

With the electric power assisted steering system and the all wheel drive system, the Mazda CX-5 felt very safe driving the Chicago winter roads. It started to rain during my trip and the variable rain sensing setting automatically adjusted the wiper speed to my lead foot speedometer.  Very convenient feature indeed.

2016 Mazda CX-5 interior #DriveMazda

I connected the Bluetooth hands free feature to my cell phone and called my family to let them know I might be a little longer due to the weather.  Yes, you do feel a bit strange just talking into the air…but it allows you to keep focused on your driving.   Safety first.

2016 Mazda CX-5 roomy interior #DriveMazda

I finally arrived at my destination safe and sound thanks to the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD.  I spent 5 days in Illinois which wasn’t long enough; would have loved to stay longer. The versatility of the Mazda CX-5 with the 40/20/40 split rear seat made it easy for me to carry luggage and help move some home items to storage without missing a beat.

2016 Mazda CX-5 interior back seat #DriveMazda

It proved to be a supremely capable, brilliantly engineered and meticulously refined vehicle that would be a great addition for any family as their daily driver.


Don’t you want one? Anxious to test drive your own?  Head to your local Mazda dealer.


Mazda CX-5 in driveway #DriveMazda


Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

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